Picture of the Amazon Echo Dot Gen 2 in Setup Mode, showing Light Ring with orange blip circling.

Reset Echo Dot




The Amazon Echo Dot smart speakers, though highly reliably, occasionally require a hard reset, to restore them to their out-of-box, factory default states.  This often corrects erratic behaviors in the speakers, and it prepares them for transfer / sale to another person.  Both the original Echo Dot as well as the 2nd generation Echo Dot 2, can be reset as follows.

 

Echo Dot 1 Factory Default Reset Instructions

Picture of the Amazon Echo Dot 1st Generation, Front Top View.
Amazon Echo Dot 1st Generation, Front Top View
  1. Power up the Echo 1.  Connect the 1st Gen Echo Dot to its USB power supply.  The light ring will illuminate blue for a time, and then go out once the unit finishes booting.
  2. Press the Echo Dot 1 reset button.  Once the light ring goes completely dark, use a straightened paper clip to press and hold the recessed Reset button for approximately five to ten seconds, until 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 few seconds, and then turns orange.
  4. Reset now finished.  Your Echo Dot 1st Generation speaker has now been restored to its factory default settings and has entered setup mode.
  5. Set up again, or pack up.  You may now unplug, pack, and give your Echo Dot 1 to a loved one or buyer, without worry that they’ll be able to access your personal Alexa settings in your Amazon account.  Those prior values have now been erased from the your Echo Dot.  Or, you can set it up once again on your existing account. Once the light ring turns orange, the unit remains in setup mode until someone executes the published setup procedure.  The Echo Dot will not function until properly set up and linked to an Amazon account.

 

Echo Dot 2 Factory Default Reset Instructions

Picture of the Amazon Echo Dot 2nd Gen Speaker, Out of Box, with protective plastic removed. Ready for plugin.
Amazon Echo Dot 2nd Gen Speaker, Out of Box, with protective plastic removed. Ready for plugin.
  1. Connect to power.  Connect the Echo Dot 2 to its USB power adapter.  The light ring will illuminate blue for a time, and then extinguish, indicating that boot up has finished.
  2. Press the Echo Dot 2 reset button combo.  See our  Where is the Echo Dot Reset Button  post, for details on how to find the reset button on the 1st and 2nd generation Echo Dot devices.  Anyway, once the light ring goes completely dark, press and hold the Mic Mute and Volume Down buttons simultaneously for the same amount of time.
  3. Wait for hard reset to finish.  After a several-seconds pause, the light ring goes completely dark for a few seconds, and then turns orange.
  4. Reset now finished.  Your Echo Dot 2 speaker has now been reset to its factory default settings and has entered setup mode.
  5. Set up or pack up.  You may now unplug, pack, and give your Echo Dot to someone else without fear that they’ll have access to the Alexa settings on your personal Amazon account.  Those prior values have now been erased from the your Echo Dot.  Or, you can set it up once again on your existing account. Once the light ring turns orange, the unit remains in setup mode until someone executes the published setup procedure.  The Echo Dot will not function until properly set up and linked to an Amazon account.
  6. You’re done!

 

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Revision History

  • 2018-02-11: Originally published.