Picture of the Amazon Alexa Echo Dot 3rd gen speaker light ring, showing set at one quarter volume.

How to Restart Amazon Echo Dot Speaker

We show here how to restart Echo Dot Amazon speakers.  Restarting, otherwise known as rebooting, often corrects unusual symptoms that these  devices may have.

How to Restart Amazon Echo Dot with No Power Button

Since speakers in this series has a power on / off button, you restart them by unplugging for a brief time.  That is, disconnect them from AC power for roughly fifteen seconds.  Next, reconnect them to power again.  Once the Dot finishes booting, and the light ring darkens, then successful restart is complete.

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

How to Restart with No Restart or Reboot Buttons

Note that this speaker has no physical reboot / restart button.  Nor can you remotely restart it via the Alexa app.   So currently, the only way how to restart it is to cycle its power off then on again, as described earlier.  That is, power it down for, again, fifteen seconds, then power it up again.

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

How to Restart Amazon 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 the speaker.  But resetting does much more than this.  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 mix up the two terms, particularly if you wish not to change the Amazon account or WiFi network information that the speaker currently uses.

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References for How to Restart Amazon Echo Dot

  1. Restart Your Echo Device Help from Amazon.com

Revision History

  • 2019-05-09: Tuned the targeting for ‘Restart Alexa Echo Dot’, and added tags.
  • 2019-02-05: First posted.