Top view picture of the Echo Dot 3rd Generation speaker as it boots.

How to Reboot Echo Dot Smart Speaker

You may need to know how to reboot a speaker in the Echo Dot line if it behaves strangely, becomes non responsive to commands and questions, puts out unusual sounds, and so on.  And since Alexa speaker rebooting is so easy, then before getting into any complicated troubleshooting, always try a speaker reboot first. This often straightens out many problems such as WiFi connection issues.  Plus, a simple reboot may avoid the perhaps unnecessary effort of hard resetting your speaker.  If you reset, then you’ll need to set up  your speaker again.  So rebooting is a potentially time-saving step if it fixes the problems you’re trying to solve, without erasing any settings or account information.

How to Reboot Echo Dot Speaker

We demonstrate this on the Echo Dot 3 model.

  1. Unplug the Speaker from Mains Power

If you’re near the speaker, you can just unplug it from AC.

2. Then Wait a Quarter Minute

Pause for ten seconds or so while the speaker’s RAM memory clears and the system completely powers down.

3. Next, Power the Speaker Back Up Again to Continue with How to Reboot an Echo Dot

Then plug the speaker back in again to mains power.

Top view picture of an Echo Dot speaker as it boots.
Top view of an Echo Dot speaker as it boots.

4. Wait for the Unit to Boot Up

The speaker completes rebooting in less than a minute, and you’ll know when it’s finished when the light ring goes completely dark.

Picture of the top view of an Echo Dot, showing all its buttons, and the light ring OFF.
Top view of an Echo Dot, showing all its buttons, and the light ring OFF.

5. Test Out the Echo Dot

Once the speaker shows as online in the Alexa app and the light ring goes out, reboot has finished successfully, and you can try some commands and questions.

6. Done with How to Reboot the Echo Dot Assistant Speaker

Hopefully, rebooting heals any issues you had.  If not though, then you could try more involved steps. E.g. Like hard resetting your speaker, and then setting it up again as though it was brand new.  See our links in the sections below for details on how to take those more drastic measures.  Good luck.

How to Reboot the Echo Dot Remotely

We know of no way to accomplish remote rebooting of this speaker at this time.

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References for How to Reboot Echo Dot Alexa Speaker

  1. Echo Dot Official Product Page at

Revision History

  • 2021-09-10: Added the Suggested Reading section.
  • 2020-09-14: First posted.
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