Picture of the Amazon Alexa Echo Dot 3rd Generation speaker, shown in Setup mode, light ring orange and spinning.

Echo Dot 3rd Generation Reset Instructions

We offer here our Echo Dot 3rd Generation 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 cases, a reset is best.  Why?  Because it clears out old account data from the Echo Dot 3rd Generation.

To unlink the Echo Dot 3 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 factory hard reset. So, before resetting, try turning off the Dot for fifteen seconds.  Since the Dot has no power switch, do this by disconnecting its power cable either from the wall outlet.  Then, wait for a quarter minute. Finally, plug it back in. Rebooting, and not resetting, often restores proper operation. But if not, read on for the proper Dot 3 reset directions.

Once reset, you’ll no longer have access the Echo Dot 3rd Generation 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.  See our   Echo Dot 3 Setup Instructions   post for details on setting up this speaker again.

Echo Dot 3rd Generation Reset Instructions, Step by Step

1. Connect Wall Power Cable

First, plug in the Echo Dot 3rd Generation speaker to its 12-volt AC cord, as shown next.

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

Then, wait for the Dot to power up.  It’s don 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 this Dot, 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 Generation Reset?

Your Echo Dot 3rd Generation 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 Dot speaker, shown in Setup mode, light ring orange and spinning.
The Dot speaker, shown in Setup mode, light ring orange and spinning.

5. Done with Echo Dot 3rd Generation Reset

Pack Up the Dot 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 the Dot in the carton it came in. See this box next.

Picture of the Echo Dot 3rd Generation speaker box, front view.
Echo Dot 3rd Generation speaker box, front view.

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

Related Posts to Echo Dot 3rd Generation Reset Instructions

  1. Echo Sub Reset Instructions
  2. Reset HP DeskJet 3630 Printer Instructions
  3. JBL Xtreme Reset Instructions
  4. Resetting Google Home Mini Speaker Instructions
  5. JBL Go 2 Reset Instructions to Fix Pairing Problems
  6. Amazon Dot 2 Reset Instructions
  7. Reset Honeywell Touchscreen Thermostat Instructions
  8. JBL Flip 2 Reset Instructions to Solve Speaker Problems
  9. Reset UE Roll Speaker Instructions
  10. UE Wonderboom Reset Instructions
  11. Reset WiFi on Netgear WNCE2001 Internet Adapter
  12. JBL Flip 3 Reset Instructions
  13. Reset Echo Spot to Factory Settings, How To
  14. JBL Clip 3 Reset Instructions
  15. Reset Chromecast Audio to Factory Settings, How To
  16. JBL Charge 4 Speaker Reset Instructions
  17. JBL Charge 3 Reset Instructions to Fix Speaker Problems
  18. Reset Honeywell Thermostat RTH8580WF Instructions
  19. Honeywell RTH9580WF Thermostat Reset Instructions
  20. Reset iPod Video Apple Player Instructions
  21. JBL Clip 2 Reset Instructions
  22. JBL Flip 5 Reset Instructions to Solve Many Problems
  23. Reset Echo Spot WiFi, How To Instructions
  24. JBL Flip 4 Reset Instructions
  25. Reset Ultimate Ears Wonderboom Bluetooth Speaker Instructions
  26. Alexa Echo Dot Reset Instructions
  27. Reset Harman Kardon Invoke Speaker Instructions

References for Echo Dot 3rd Generation Reset

  1. Echo Dot (3rd Gen) Alexa Speaker, on Amazon.com

Change Record

  • 2020-03-19: Added more tags.
  • 2019-03-31: First posted.