Top view of the Amazon Echo 3rd Gen Alexa speaker, shown connected to AC power and booting.

How to Factory Reset Amazon Echo 3rd Generation

Here, we show how to factory reset an Amazon Echo 3rd generation speaker.  So why would you ever reset this speaker?

When you Need to Know How to Reset Amazon Echo 3rd Generation

  • Well, you may later decide to sell it.
  • Or perhaps when Christmas comes, you might wish to gift your Echo 3 to another person.
  • Then too, you might decide 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.
  • Or, maybe your speaker is acting strangely, and you’d just like to clear out your old settings and restore it to a known good starting point (factory default settings).

In all these cases, a factory reset is best because it clears out old account data from the speaker’s memory.

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





Note that if you’re just troubleshooting weird speaker behavior, you may not need a full hard reset. So, before resetting, try turning off the Echo 3 for fifteen seconds.  Since it has no power switch, do this by unplugging the power cable from the wall outlet.  Then, wait for a quarter minute. Then, plug it back in. Rebooting, and not resetting, often restores correct function. But if not, read on for the proper Echo generation 3 reset instructions.

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

How to Factory Reset Amazon Echo 3rd Generation

1. Connect Wall Power Cable

First, plug in the speaker to its AC cord, as shown next.

Back view of the Echo 3rd Gen speaker, showing the AC power cord connected.
Back view of the Echo 3rd Gen speaker, showing the AC power cord connected.

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

See this as shown next.

Top view of this Alexa speaker, shown connected to AC power and booting.
Top view of this Alexa speaker, shown connected to AC power and booting.

Then, wait for the unit 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 6 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.  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 Alexa Echo Generation 3 speaker, showing the -Action- button highlighted.
Top view of the Alexa Echo Generation 3 speaker, showing the -Action- button highlighted.




4. Finally, What Happens After Amazon Echo 3rd Generation Reset?

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

Top view of this Amazon smart speaker, showing the spinning orange light ring.
Top view of this Amazon smart speaker, showing the spinning orange light ring.

5. Done with How to Factory Reset Amazon Echo 3rd Generation !

Pack Up the Amazon Echo 3rd Generation or Set it Up Again

You may now give your speaker to another. No fear that they’ll get into the Alexa settings on your Amazon account. This is 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.

Front portrait view of the Amazon Echo 3rd Generation speaker package.
Front portrait view of the Amazon Echo 3rd Generation speaker package.

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References for How to Factory Reset Amazon Echo 3rd Generation

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

Change Record

  • 2020-06-04: First posted.
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