Picture of the Amazon Alexa Echo Dot 3 top view, showing all its buttons.

How to Restart Alexa Echo Dot Speaker

We show here how to restart any Alexa Echo Dot speaker.   Restarting, otherwise known as rebooting, often corrects unusual errors and behaviors that these  devices may experience.

How to Restart Alexa Echo Dot Speaker with No Power Button

Since none of these speakers that have come out so far have a power on / off button, you restart these assistants by unplugging them for a brief time.  That is, disconnect them from AC power for roughly fifteen seconds.  Next, reconnect them to power again.  Once the speaker finishes booting, and the light ring darkens, then successful restart is complete.

Picture of the Alexa Echo Dot 2nd generation smart speaker, top view. Restart Alexa Echo Dot.
Alexa Echo Dot 2nd generation smart speaker top view.

How to Restart the Speaker with No Restart or Reboot Buttons

Note that Alexa Echo Dot has no physical reboot / restart button.  Nor can you remotely restart it via the Alexa app.   So currently, the only way to do this is to power it OFF then ON again, as described earlier.  That is, power it down for, again, fifteen seconds, then power it up again.

Picture of the Alexa Echo Dot 3rd Gen speaker box, front view.
The Alexa Echo Dot 3rd Gen speaker box, front view.

How to Restart Alexa Echo Dot Differs from How to Reset It

Also note that RESTARTING this speaker is not the same as RESETTING it.  By restarting, we mean simply rebooting these speakers.  But resetting does much more than this.  Unlike a simple restart, resetting erases any stored settings and data in the speaker, and involves more work afterwards to get the unit running once more.  So, please do not confuse the two terms, particularly if you wish not to change the Amazon account or WiFi network information that the Alexa Echo Dot currently uses.

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References for How to Restart Alexa Echo Dot Speaker

  1. Restart Your Echo Device Help from Amazon.com

Revision History

  • 2020-06-29: First posted.