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

Reset Echo Dot 3rd Generation, How To

Here, we show how to reset Echo Dot 3rd Generation Alexa smart speaker back to factory default settings.  So why would you ever do this?  Well, you may wish to sell or give your Dot 3 to another person.  Or link it to a new Amazon account.  Or connect it to a new WiFi network.  In all these cases, resetting is the best way to clean out all old account data from the Dot.  A reset gets it ready to use on a new account and / or Wi-Fi network.

To reset Echo Dot 3rd generation and unlink it from its current Alexa account, run through the routine below.

Do not always reset as a first step for fixing strange Echo Dot behavior. Before hard resetting, try turning off the Dot 3 for fifteen seconds.  Do this by unplugging its power cable either from the wall outlet, or from the speaker itself.  Then, wait for a quarter minute. Then plug it back in. Rebooting often restores proper working. But if not, read on for the proper hard reset procedure.

Once you reset Echo Dot 3rd generation you’ll no longer be able to control the speaker from your Amazon account.  To get control of it back, run through the setup procedure again.  There, relink the Dot 3 to that account again via the Alexa app.

Reset Echo Dot 3rd Generation to Factory Default Settings, How To

1. Attach Wall Power Cable

First, connect the Dot 3rd Generation speaker to its 12-volt power adapter cord, as shown next.

Picture of the Amazon Echo Dot gen 3 speaker AC power adapter, plugged into speaker back. Reset Echo Dot 3rd generation.
Amazon Echo Dot gen 3 speaker AC power adapter, plugged into speaker back. Reset Echo Dot 3rd generation.

2. Next, Plug the Power Cord into a Working Wall Outlet

See this as shown next.

Picture of the Amazon Alexa Echo Dot Gen 3 smart speaker powering up, showing its AC adapter plugged into standard wall outlet. Reset Echo Dot 3rd generation.
Amazon Alexa Echo Dot Gen 3 smart speaker powering up, showing its AC adapter plugged into standard wall outlet. Reset Echo Dot 3rd generation.

Then, wait for the Echo Dot to finish booting.  It’s done booting when either the light ring goes dark, or it begins flashing orange, red, or purple.

3. Next, Press and Hold the Action Button for 5 to 10 Seconds

Press the   Action   button until the light ring turns orange.  You should also hear the smart speaker announce that it is entering setup mode.  On this speaker, the  Action  button doubles as the   Reset   button, and is pointed at by the green arrow in the next picture.

Picture of the Amazon Echo Dot 3 speaker, top view, showing the Action button highlighted. Reset Echo Dot 3rd generation.
Amazon Echo Dot 3 speaker, top view, showing the Action button highlighted.

4. Finally, What Happens After Reset?

Your Echo Dot 3rd Generation smart speaker is now restored to its factory default settings.  It also has entered   Setup   mode, as shown next.

Picture of the Amazon Alexa Echo Dot 3rd Generation speaker, shown in Setup mode, light ring orange and spinning. Reset Echo Dot 3rd generation.
Amazon Alexa Echo Dot 3rd Generation speaker, shown in Setup mode, light ring orange and spinning. Reset Echo Dot 3rd generation.

Pack it Up or Set it Up Again

You may now give your Dot 3 to another now.  Don’t fear that they’ll have access to the Alexa settings on your Amazon account. Or, you can set it up again on your existing account. But if selling, we suggest that you pack the speaker in its original carton. Do this for safest transport through the mail, as shown in the next picture.  Then, pack the Echo box in another outer box for further safety.

Picture of the Echo Dot 3rd Gen speaker box, front view. Reset Echo Dot 3rd generation.
Echo Dot 3rd Gen speaker box, front view. Reset Echo Dot 3rd generation.

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  • 2019-05-03: Tuned the targeting for ‘Reset Echo Dot 3rd Generation’.
  • 2019-04-19: Shortened sentences.
  • 2018-12-01: First published.