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

Reset Echo Dot 3rd Generation to Factory Default Settings




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



To unlink the Echo Dot 3rd Generation from its current Amazon Alexa account, perform the routine below.

Note that if you’re just trying to fix erratic behavior of the Echo Dot Gen 3, you may not need a complete factory default reset. So, before resetting, try powering off the Dot 3 for fifteen seconds.  Do this by disconnecting its power cable either from the wall outlet, or from the speaker itself.  Then, wait for a quarter minute, and then plug it back in. Rebooting often restores proper operation. But if not, read on for the proper hard reset procedure.

Once reset, you’ll no longer be able to control the Echo Dot 3 from the account where you controlled it from before.  To regain control via the previous account, 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 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 Speaker: Amazon Echo Dot gen 3 speaker AC power adapter, plugged into speaker back.

2. Next, Plug the power adapter into a working wall outlet, 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 Speaker: Amazon Alexa Echo Dot Gen 3 smart speaker powering up, showing its AC adapter plugged into standard wall outlet.

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

3. Next, press and hold the Action button for 5 to 10 seconds  until the light ring turns orange, and the smart speaker announces 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 Speaker: 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 has now been restored to its factory default settings and 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.

Pack it Up or Set it Up Again

You may now give your Dot 3 to another without 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 if you have it, for safest transport through the mail or other delivery services, as shown in the next picture.

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

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  • 2018-12-01: First published.