Picture of the Amazon Alexa Echo Dot 3rd gen speaker light ring, showing set at one quarter volume.

Echo Dot 3rd Generation Factory Reset Instructions

Here, we give Echo Dot 3rd Generation speaker factory reset directions, that show you how to set this smart speaker back to default factory settings.  So why would you factory reset ?  Well, you may desire to sell or give this speaker to another.  Or to sync it to a new Amazon account.  Or to join it to a new WiFi network.  In fact, in all these situations, factory resetting is the best way to clean out all old account data from this speaker assistant.  A reset to factory settings gets the speaker ready to use on a new account and / or WiFi network.  So to factory reset the speaker, and unpair it from its current Alexa account, run through the routine below.





Do not always factory reset as a first step for fixing strange Echo Dot 3rd Generation speaker behavior. Before doing this, try powering off the unit. E.g. By unplugging its power cable either from the wall outlet, or from the speaker itself.  Then, wait a quarter to half minute. Finally, plug it back in. Rebooting often restores proper working. But if not, read on for the proper factory reset procedure.

Once you factory reset, you’ll no longer be able to control the speaker from your Amazon account.  To get control of it back, run through the Setup procedure again.  There, relink the speaker to that account again via the Alexa app.

Echo Dot 3rd Generation Factory Reset, Step by Step

1. Attach AC Power Cable

First, connect the speaker to its 12-volt power adapter cord, as shown next.

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

2. Next, Plug the AC Cord 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.
The smart speaker powering up, showing its AC adapter plugged into standard wall outlet.

Then, wait for the unit to finish booting.  It’s done booting when either the light ring goes dark, or it begins flashing orange, red, or purple.





3. Next, Press and Hold the Action Button for 5 to 10 Seconds to Continue with Echo Dot 3rd Generation Factory Reset

Press the   Action   button until the light ring turns yellow-orange.  You should also hear the speaker say that it is entering Setup mode.  On this unit, the  Action button doubles as the   Factory Reset button, and is pointed at by the green arrow in the next picture.

Top view of the 3rd generation Echo Dot speaker, showing the Action button highlighted.
Top view of the 3rd generation Echo Dot speaker, showing the -Action- button highlighted.

4. Finally, What Happens After Factory Reset?

Your speaker reverts to its factory default settings.  It also is now in   Setup   mode, as shown next.

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

5. Done with this Echo Dot 3rd Generation Factory Reset Routine ! 

Pack the Speaker for Sale, or Set it Up Again

You may give your speaker to another now.  Don’t fear that they’ll have access to the settings on your Amazon account though. They won’t.





Or, you can set it up again on your existing account. But if selling, we suggest that you ship the speaker in its original carton for safest mailing.  See the original box in the next picture.  Then, pack that box into another outer box for further safety.

Front view of the Echo Dot 3rd Generation speaker box.
Front view of the Echo Dot 3rd Generation speaker box.

Other Posts About the Echo Dot 3rd Generation Speaker

  1. How to Restart Echo Dot 3rd Generation
  2. How to Set Up Echo Dot 3rd Generation
  3. Echo Dot 3rd Generation Charger Specs
  4. Buttons Guide for the Echo Dot 3rd Generation Speaker
  5. Rebooting the Echo Dot 3rd Generation

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References for Echo Dot 3rd Generation Factory Reset

  1. Echo Dot (3rd Gen) – Smart speaker with Alexa, on Amazon.com

Revision History

  • 2020-12-11: First published.
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