Reset Echo Dot 2nd Generation, How To

You may wish to reset Echo Dot 2nd Generation to factory settings because you wish to sell it. Or you just want to set it to another Amazon account, or to a new WiFi network. So, in that vein, to reset your Echo Dot smart speaker to factory settings, just run through the following steps.

Logitech Factory resetting unlinks the 2nd generation Echo Dot Alexa unit from its current Amazon account.  So, it forgets its current Wi-Fi connection settings. So beware that after the factory reset, your Echo Dot 2 will likely not work until after it’s been properly set up again.

Picture of the Amazon Echo Dot 2nd Gen speaker, out of Box, with protective plastic removed. Currently powered off, but ready for plugin. Reset Echo Dot 2nd generation.

Amazon Echo Dot 2nd Gen speaker, out of Box, with protective plastic removed. Currently powered off, but ready for plugin. Reset Echo Dot 2nd generation.

Reset Echo Dot 2nd Generation to Factory Settings

Note that factory reset of the Echo Dot 1 and Echo Dot 2 devices is about the same. Just the location of the reset button on each differs.

1. Connect to Power

Connect the Echo Dot to its USB power adapter. The light ring will illuminate blue for a time, and then go out, indicating that boot up has completed.

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

Amazon Echo Dot 2nd generation smart speaker top view. Reset Echo Dot 2nd generation.

2. Press the Echo Dot Reset Button

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.

Picture of the Amazon Echo Dot 2nd Gen, with Reset Button Combination Highlighted. Includes the Mic Off and Volume Down buttons. Reset Echo Dot 2nd generation.

Amazon Echo Dot 2nd Gen, with Reset Button Combination Highlighted. Includes the Mic Off and Volume Down buttons. Reset Echo Dot 2nd generation.

Anyway, wait for the light ring goes completely dark.  Then, for the Echo Dot 2, press and hold the Mic Mute and Volume Down buttons (shown in the last picture) at the same time, for the same amount of time.

3. Wait for Factory Reset to Finish

After a several-seconds pause, the light ring goes completely dark for a few seconds, and then turns orange.

Picture of the Amazon Alexa Echo Dot Gen 2 speaker. powered up and fully booted. Reset Echo Dot 2nd generation.

Amazon Alexa Echo Dot Gen 2 speaker, powered up and fully booted.

4. Reset Now Finished

Your Echo Dot speaker has now been reset to its factory default settings and has entered setup mode, as shown next.

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

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

5. Set Up Again, 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. Done!

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  • 2019-05-04: Added tags.
  • 2019-04-15: Tweaked the targeting.
  • 2018-12-12: First published.




Echo Dot Factory Reset Instructions, How to Hard Reset Alexa Dot

Here, we show how to run an Echo Dot factory reset routine, to reset the speaker back to its factory settings and possibly, to restore proper working.

The Echo Dot talking speakers need a factory reset every now and then. This restores them to out-of-box, factory default parameters. Factory resetting Alexa smart speakers like the Echo Dot models, also fixes many bizarre  behaviors they sometimes act out.

These instructions are useful because with new versions of these speakers coming out annually, people will likely sell their older models in large numbers.  So they’ll want to know how to completely wipe any personal data out of the Echo Dots before they get rid of them.   Factory resetting does just that.  It prepares the speakers for resale to another person.  We cover all three current models of the Echo Dot speakers in this piece.

We give the factory reset procedures for all three models of the Echo Dot, with the latest model (the Echo Dot 3rd generation speaker) listed first, then the older generation 2 model, and finally, the oldest generation 1 Echo Dot.

Echo Dot Factory Reset of the Gen 3 Dot to Instructions

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 Echo Dot gen 3 speaker AC power adapter, plugged into speaker back.

The Echo Dot 3rd generation smart speaker AC power adapter, plugged into speaker back.

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

See this as shown next.

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

Our Alexa Echo Dot Gen 3 smart speaker powering up, showing its AC adapter plugged into standard wall outlet.

Then, wait for the generation 3 Echo Dot to finish booting.  It’s done when either the light ring goes all the way dark, or it flashes orange, red, or purple.

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

Depress the Action button until the light ring turns orange, and the smart speaker announces that it is entering setup mode.  On this Alexa 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.

Our Echo Dot generation 3 speaker, top view, showing the Action button highlighted.

4. Finally, What Happens After Reset?

Your Echo Dot 3rd Generation speaker is now 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.

Our Echo Dot 3rd Generation talking speaker, shown in Setup mode, light ring orange and spinning.

Echo Dot Factory Reset of the Gen 2 Dot back to Factory Default State Instructions

Power up this speaker before resetting.

Picture of the Echo Dot 2nd Gen speaker, out of box, with protective plastic removed. Ready for reset.

Showing the 2nd gen Echo Dot speaker, out of box, with protective plastic removed. Ready for reset.

1. Connect your Echo Dot 2 to Power

Connect the Amazon Echo Dot 2 to its USB power adapter. The light ring glows blue for a time, and then goes dark. This means good boot up.

2. Press the Echo Dot 2 Factory Reset Button Combo

See our Where is the Amazon Echo Dot Reset Button post, for details on how to find the reset button on the 1st and 2nd gen Echo Dot devices. At any rate, once the light ring goes black, press and hold the Mic Mute and Volume Down buttons. Press these at the same time for the same amount of time.

3. Wait for Echo Dot 2 Factory Reset to Finish

After a several-seconds pause, the light ring again goes black for a brief pause, and then glows orange.

4. Echo Dot 2 Factory Reset Now Done

You have now factory reset your Amazon Echo Dot 2 speaker and restored its factory default settings. It has now entered setup mode.

5. Done!

Echo Dot Factory Reset of the Generation 1 Dot back to Factory Default Instructions

Picture of the Amazon Echo Dot 1st generation speaker, front top view.

Showing the 1st Generation Echo Dot smart speaker, front top view.

1. Power Up the Echo Dot 1

Connect the 1st Gen Amazon Echo Dot to its USB power supply. The light ring will light up blue for a bit, and then go off once the Dot completes booting.

2. Press the Echo Dot 1 Factory Reset Button

Once the light ring goes black, use a paper clip end to press in and hold the Reset button. Keep pressing for five to ten seconds. Then, let it go when the light ring turns orange, and then blue.

3. Wait for the Factory Reset to Finish

After a several-seconds pause, the light ring goes black for a brief few seconds, and then turns orange.

4. Echo Dot 1 Factory Reset Now Done

You have now restored your Alexa Echo Dot 1st Gen speaker to its factory default state. The speaker enters setup mode after a factory reset.

Set Up or Pack Up

You may now give your Echo Dot to a loved one or buyer. Don’t fret that they’ll learn your speaker settings in your Alexa Amazon account. Hard reset erases those data from your Echo Dot.  You might decide to set it up again on your existing account.

Once the light ring turns orange, the Dot remains in setup mode until someone runs a fresh setup procedure. The Echo Dot won’t function until set up and linked to an Amazon account again.

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Hard Reset Alexa Echo Dot Instructions

The Alexa Echo Dot talking speakers need a hard reset every so often. This restores them to out-of-box, factory default state. Hard resetting them also fixes many weird behaviors they might show.  Resetting prepares them for sale or gifting. So here, we offer these hard reset Alexa Echo Dot instructions for the three current generations of these small smart speakers.

Hard Reset Alexa Echo Dot 1 Instructions

Picture of the Echo Dot 1, showing its front top view.

Hard Reset Alexa Echo Dot: The Echo Dot 1, showing its front top view.

1. Power Up the Amazon Echo Dot 1

Connect the 1st Gen Amazon Echo Dot to its USB power supply. The light ring will light up blue for a bit, and then go off once the Dot completes booting.

2. Press the Amazon Echo Dot 1 Factory Reset Button

Once the light ring goes black, use a paper clip end to press in and hold the Reset button. Keep pressing for five to ten seconds. Then, let it go when the light ring turns orange, and then blue.

3. Wait for Factory Reset to Finish

After a several-seconds pause, the light ring goes black for a brief few seconds, and then turns orange.

4. Factory Reset Now Done

You have now restored your Amazon Echo Dot 1st Gen speaker to its factory default state. The speaker enters setup mode after a factory reset.

Hard Reset Alexa Echo Dot 2 Instructions

How to factory reset Amazon Echo Dot. Picture of the Echo Dot 2nd Gen speaker, out of box, with protective plastic removed. Ready for reset.

Hard Reset Alexa Echo Dot: Showing the 2nd gen Echo Dot speaker, out of box, with protective plastic removed. Ready for reset.

1. Connect your Alexa Echo Dot 2 to Power

Connect the Amazon Echo Dot 2 to its USB power adapter. The light ring glows blue for a time, and then goes dark. This means good boot up.

2. Press the Echo Dot 2 Hard Reset Button Combo

See our Where is the Amazon Echo Dot Reset Button post, for details on how to find the reset button on the 1st and 2nd gen Echo Dot devices. At any rate, once the light ring goes black, press and hold the Mic Mute and Volume Down buttons. Press these at the same time for the same amount of time.

3. Wait for Hard Reset to Finish

After a several-seconds pause, the light ring again goes black for a brief pause, and then glows orange.

4. Alexa Echo Dot 2 Hard Reset Now Done

You have now hard reset your Amazon Alexa Echo Dot 2 speaker and restored its factory default settings. It has now entered setup mode.

5. Done!

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.

Hard Reset Alexa Echo Dot: Alexa Echo Dot Gen 3 speaker AC power adapter, plugged into speaker back.

2. Next, Plug the Power Adapter 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.

Hard Reset Alexa Echo Dot: 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. Then, Press and Hold the Action Button for 5 to 10 Seconds

Depress the Action button 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.

Hard Reset Alexa Echo Dot:  The 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.

Hard Reset Alexa Echo Dot: The Alexa Echo Dot 3rd Generation speaker, shown in Setup mode, light ring orange and spinning.

Set Up Again or Sell It

You may now unplug, pack, and give your Echo Dot to someone else. Have no fear that they’ll see your Alexa settings on your personal Amazon account. Those values have now cleared from the speaker. Or, you can set it up once again on your account and WiFi. Once the light ring turns orange, the unit stays in setup mode until set up again. The Alexa Echo Dot will not work until set up and linked to the internet.

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  • 2019-04-13: Fixed some typos.
  • 2018-12-19: First published.




Alexa Echo Dot Reset Instructions

The Alexa Echo Dot assistant speakers need a reset every now and again. This restores them to out-of-box, factory default state. Alexa resetting also fixes many bizarre behaviors they sometimes act out.  Furthermore, resetting prepares the speaker assistants for sale or gifting. So here, we offer these Alexa Echo Dot reset instructions for the three current generations of these little smart speakers.

Reset Alexa Echo Dot 1 Instructions

Picture of the Echo Dot 1, showing its front top view.

The Echo Dot 1, showing its front top view. Alexa Echo Dot reset instructions.

1. Power Up the Alexa Echo Dot 1

Connect the 1st Gen Echo Dot to its USB power cord.

The light ring then lights up blue for a bit, and then goes out once the Dot finishes booting.

2. Press the Dot 1 Reset Button

Once the light ring goes black, press in and hold the Reset button with a sharp object like a paper clip or pen tip. Press for five to ten seconds.

Then, release when the light ring turns orange, and then blue.

3. Wait for Alexa Reset to Finish

After a several-seconds pause, the light ring goes black for a short time.

Then it turns orange.

4. Alexa Echo Dot Reset Now Done

You have now restored your Echo Dot 1st Gen speaker to its factory default state. The unit enters Setup mode after that.

Alexa Echo Dot 2 Reset Instructions

Picture of the Echo Dot 2nd Gen speaker, out of box, with protective plastic removed. Ready for reset.

Showing the 2nd gen Echo Dot speaker, out of box, with protective plastic removed. Ready for reset. Alexa Echo Dot reset instructions.

1. Connect your Dot 2 to Power

Plug the Alexa Dot 2 into its USB power adapter, and then the adapter into a wall outlet.

The light ring glows blue for a time, and then goes dark. This means good boot up.

Picture of the Amazon Echo Dot 2nd Generation Smart Speaker, Top View

The Alexa Echo Dot 2nd Generation smart speaker top view.

2. Press the Dot 2 Reset Button Combo

See our  Where is the Alexa Echo Dot Reset Button  post, for details on how to find the  Reset  button on the 2nd gen Echo Dot. At any rate, once the light ring goes black, press and hold the   Mic Mute   and   Volume Down   buttons. Press these at the same time for the same amount of time.

3. Wait for Alexa Reset to Finish

After a several-seconds pause, the light ring again goes black for a brief pause, and then glows orange.

4. Dot 2 Reset Now Done

You have now reset your Alexa Echo Dot 2 speaker and returned it to its factory default settings.

Then, it enters   Setup   mode.

5. Done!

Alexa Echo Dot Reset 3rd Generation Speaker

1. Attach Wall Power Cable

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

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

Alexa Echo Dot Gen 3 speaker AC power adapter, plugged into speaker back. Alexa Echo Dot reset instructions.

2. Next, Plug the Power Pack 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.

Echo Dot Gen 3 smart speaker powering up, showing its AC adapter plugged into standard wall outlet. Alexa Echo Dot reset instructions.

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

Depress the  Action button until the light ring turns orange, and the smart speaker says that it is going into   Setup mode.  On this model, 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.

The Echo Dot 3 speaker, top view, showing the Action button highlighted. Alexa Echo Dot reset instructions.

4. Finally, What Happens After Alexa Echo Dot Reset?

You have now restored your Echo Dot 3 assistant speaker to factory default settings.  It then enters   Setup   mode afterwards, as shown next.

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

The Alexa Echo Dot 3rd Generation speaker, shown in Setup mode, light ring orange and spinning. Alexa Echo Dot reset instructions.

Set Up Again or Give, Sell It

You may now unplug, pack, and give your Alexa Echo Dot to someone else. Have no fear that they’ll see your account settings on your personal Amazon account. Those values have now left the the speaker.

Or, you can set it up once again on your account and WiFi. Once the light ring turns orange, the unit stays in   Setup   mode until set up again. The Alexa Echo Dot will not work until set up and linked to the internet.

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  • 2019-03-04: First published.