Picture of the Amazon Echo Dot 3 speaker, muted, showing its light ring and Mic Off On button glowing red.

Echo Dot 3rd Gen Reset Instructions

We offer here our Echo Dot 3rd Gen reset instructions.  So why would you ever reset this speaker?

  • Well, you may later decide to sell it.
  • Or perhaps when Christmas comes, you might wish to bestow your Dot 3 to another person.
  • Then to, you could want to connect it to a new Amazon account.
  • Or you must connect it to a new WiFi network.  E.g. Maybe you got a new router or changed the WiFi password.

In all these situations, a reset is best, because it clears out old account data from the speaker.

To unlink the Echo Dot 3rd Gen from its current Amazon account, run through the routine below.

Note that if you’re just troubleshooting erratic speaker behavior, you may not need a full reset. So, before doing this, try turning off the Dot for fifteen seconds.  Since the speaker has no power switch, just unplug its power cable either from the wall outlet.  Then, wait for a quarter minute. Finally, apply power once more. Rebooting, and not resetting, often restores proper operation. But if not, read on for the proper Echo Dot 3rd Gen reset directions.

Once reset, you’ll no longer have access the speaker from your Amazon account.  To get control back, run through the setup routine again.  There, relink the Dot 3 to that account again via the Alexa app.

Echo Dot 3rd Gen Reset Instructions, Step by Step

1. Connect Wall Power Cable

First, plug in the smart speaker to its 12-volt AC cord, as shown next.

Picture of the Echo Dot 3rd Gen speaker AC power adapter, plugged into speaker back.
The Echo Dot 3rd Gen speaker AC power adapter, plugged into speaker back.

2. Next, Plug the AC Adapter into a Working Wall Outlet

See this as shown next.

Picture of the smart speaker powering up, showing its AC adapter plugged into standard wall outlet. Echo Dot 3rd Gen Reset.
The smart speaker powering up, showing its AC adapter plugged into standard wall outlet.

Then, wait for the Echo Dot to power up.  It’s done when either the light ring goes completely dark, or flashes orange, red, or purple.

3. Next, Press and Hold the   Action   Button for 5 to 10 Seconds

Depress the   Action  button.  Then hold it in until the light ring turns orange.

Shortly after that, the speaker says that it is in   Setup   mode.  On the Echo Dot 3rd Gen, the  Action  button also functions as the    Reset    button, and is pointed at by the green arrow in the next picture.

Top view of the speaker, showing the Action button highlighted.
Top view of the speaker, showing the Action button highlighted.

4. Finally, What Happens After Echo Dot 3rd Gen Reset?

Your smart speaker is now set back to its factory default state. Plus, it goes into  Setup   mode after reset, as shown next.

Picture of the speaker, shown in Setup mode, with the light ring orange and spinning.
The speaker, shown in Setup mode, with the light ring orange and spinning.

5. Done with Echo Dot 3rd Gen Reset Instructions

Pack Up the Speaker or Set it Up Again

You may now give your Echo Dot 3rd Gen speaker to another. No fear that they’ll get into the Alexa settings on your Amazon account.  Why?  Because you erased it with the reset. Or, set it up again on your account. But if giving away, we suggest that you pack it up in the carton it came in. See this box next.

Picture of the speaker box, front view.
Front view of the speaker box.

Other Posts About the Echo Dot 3rd Gen Speaker

  1. Echo Dot 3rd Gen Power Cord Specs, Replacement
  2. Echo Dot 3rd Gen Charger Specs

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References for Echo Dot 3rd Gen Reset

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Change Record

  • 2020-09-15: First posted.