The Amazon Echo Dot talking speakers need a reset every so often. This restores them to out-of-box, factory default state. Resetting them also fixes many abnormal behaviors they might show. So here, we tell you how to reset these smart speakers. Why? Because also, it prepares them for sale to another person. Reset the original Dot Echo as well as the 2nd and 3rd generation Dots as follows.
How to Reset Amazon Echo Dot 1
1. Power Up the Amazon Echo 1
Connect the 1st Gen Amazon Echo Dot to its USB power supply. The light ring will light up blue for a bit, and then go off once the Dot finishes booting.
2. Press the Amazon Echo Dot 1 Reset Button
Once the light ring goes black, use a paper clip end to press in and hold the Reset button. Keep pressing for five to ten seconds. Then, let it go when the light ring turns orange, and then blue.
3. Wait for Hard Reset to Finish
After a several-seconds pause, the light ring goes completely dark for a brief few seconds, and then turns orange.
4. Reset Now Done
You have now restored your Amazon Echo Dot 1st Generation speaker to its factory default settings. The speaker enters setup mode after a successful reset.
How to Reset Amazon Echo Dot 2
1. Connect your Amazon Echo Dot 2 to Power
Connect the Amazon Echo Dot 2 to its USB power adapter. The light ring will glow blue for a time, and then go dark. This means that booting is done.
2. Press the Amazon Echo Dot 2 Reset Button Combo
See our Where is the Amazon Echo Dot Reset Button post, for details on how to find the reset button on the 1st and 2nd generation Echo Dot devices. At any rate, once the light ring goes black, press and hold the Mic Mute and Volume Down buttons. Press these at the same time for the same amount of time.
3. Wait for Hard Reset to Finish
After a several-seconds pause, the light ring again goes black for a brief pause, and then glows orange.
4. Reset Amazon Echo Dot 2 Now Done
You have now successfully reset your speaker to its factory default settings. It has now entered setup mode.
5. Set Up or Sell It
You may now unplug, pack, and give your Amazon Echo Dot 2 to someone else. Have no fear that they’ll see your Echo Dot 2 settings on your personal Amazon account. Those values have now cleared from that speaker. Or, you can set it up once again on your account and WiFi. Once the light ring turns orange, the unit stays in setup mode until someone runs setup again. The Amazon Echo Dot 2 does not function fully, until properly set up again.
How to Reset Amazon Echo Dot 3
1. Connect Wall Power Cable
First, plug in the Dot 3rd Gen speaker to its 12-volt power adapter AC cord, as shown next.
2. Next, Plug the AC Adapter into a Working Wall Outlet
See this as shown next.
Then, wait for the Echo Dot to complete powering up. It’s finished 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 until the light ring turns orange, and the 3rd Gen Dot announces that it is entering 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.
4. Finally, What Happens After Echo Dot 3rd Gen Reset?
Your Echo Dot 3rd Gen smart speaker is now restored to its factory default settings and has entered setup mode, as shown next.
Set Up Again, or Pack Up
You may now give your Amazon Echo Dot to a loved one or buyer. Don’t worry that they’ll access your personal speaker settings in your Amazon account. Reset erases those prior values from any of the Echo Dots. Or, you set it up once again on your existing account. Once the light ring turns orange, the unit remains in setup mode until someone runs the setup procedure anew. The Dot won’t work fully until properly set up and linked to an Amazon account again.
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References for How to Reset Amazon Echo Dot
- 2020-04-07: Added tags.
- 2019-03-05: Improved key phrase targeting. Added reset Amazon Echo Dot 3 section.
- 2018-03-24: Originally published.