Reset Echo Dot 3rd Gen Alexa Speaker, How To

Here, we demo how to reset Echo Dot 3rd Gen speaker.  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.

How to Reset Echo Dot 3rd Gen

1. Connect Wall Power Cable

First, plug in the Dot 3rd Gen speaker to its 12-volt power adapter AC cord, as shown next.

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

Amazon Echo Dot gen 3 speaker AC power adapter, plugged into speaker back. Reset Echo Dot 3rd Gen.

2. Next, Plug the AC 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.

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

Then, wait for the Echo Dot to complete powering up.  It’s finished when either the light ring goes completely dark, or 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 3rd Gen Dot announces that it is entering setup mode.  On this Dot, the Action button also functions 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.

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

4. Finally, What Happens After Echo Dot 3rd Gen Reset?

Your Echo Dot 3rd Gen smart 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.

Amazon Alexa Echo Dot 3rd Gen speaker, shown in Setup mode, light ring orange and spinning. Reset Echo Dot 3rd Gen.

Pack  Up 3rd Gen Echo Dot or Set it Up Again

You may now give your 3rd Gen Echo Dot 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 transferring to another person, we suggest that you pack the Dot in its original carton if you have it, for safest transport through the mail, as shown in the next picture.

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

Echo Dot 3rd Gen speaker box, front view.

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Factory Reset Echo Dot 2nd Generation Instructions

You may wish to do a master factory reset Echo Dot 2nd generation speaker.  Why?   Because perhaps you wish to sell your old Alexa Gen 2 Dot to a friend. Or you just want to connect the 2nd Gen Dot to a different Amazon account, or to a new WiFi network.  So, to that end, in order to reset your 2nd generation Echo Dot to factory default condition, follow the directions next.

Resetting unlinks the speaker from its current Amazon Alexa account, and assures that it forgets its current Wi-Fi connection information.  So be warned that after the reset, your Alexa Echo Dot speaker will not work until it’s been properly set up again.

Picture of the Alexa Echo Dot Gen 2 in Setup Mode, after factory reset, showing Light Ring with orange blip circling.

Factory Reset Echo Dot 2nd Generation: The Alexa Echo Dot Gen 2 in Setup Mode, after factory reset, showing Light Ring with orange blip circling.

Factory Reset Echo Dot 2nd Generation Instructions

Note that factory reset of the Echo Dot 1 and Echo Dot 2 devices is essentially the same procedure; just the location of the reset button on each is different.

1. Connect to AC 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.

2. Press the Echo Dot Reset Button

See our  Where is the Echo Dot Reset Button   post, for more details on how to find the reset button on the 1st and 2nd generation Echo Dot devices. But we’ll give you a hint in the next picture.

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

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

With the Dot 2 powered up, press and hold the Mic Off and Volume Down buttons until the factory reset starts.  Release them once the light ring changes patterns.

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. Factory Reset Echo Dot 2nd Generation Now Finished

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

5. Set Up Again, or Pack Up you Echo Dot Speaker

You may now disconnect, package up, and bestow your Echo Dot 2nd generation smart speaker to someone else without worry that they’ll access your Amazon account Alexa settings.  Those prior values are now erased from the your Echo Dot.  Or, you can set the Dot 2 up once again on your current account. Once the light ring turns orange, the unit stays in Setup until someone runs the Alexa setup procedure again.  Note that the Echo Dot 2nd generation Alexa will not function until rightly set up and linked once again to an Amazon account.

6. Factory Reset Done!

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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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How to Reset Alexa Dot Smart Speakers

The Alexa Dot talking speakers need a reset every now and then. This returns them to out-of-box, factory default settings. Resetting them also fixes many abnormal behaviors they might show. So here, we show how to reset Alexa Dot smart speakers. Why? Because it readies them for sale to another smart speaker fan. Both the original Alexa Dot as well as the 2nd Gen version are reset as follows.

How to Reset Alexa Dot 1 Instructions

How to reset Alexa Dot: Picture of the Echo Dot 1st generation speaker, front top view.

How to reset Alexa Dot, showing the 1st Generation Dot , front top view.

  1. Power up the Amazon Echo 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 finishes booting.
  2. Press the Amazon Echo Dot 1 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 hard reset to finish. After a several-seconds pause, the light ring goes completely dark for a brief few seconds, and then turns orange.
  4. Reset now done. You have now restored your Amazon Echo Dot 1st Generation speaker to its factory default settings. The speaker enters setup mode after a successful reset.
  5. Set up again, or pack up. You may now give your Amazon Echo Dot 1 to a loved one or buyer. Don’t worry that they’ll access your personal speaker settings in your Amazon account. Reset erases those prior values from your Amazon 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 runs the setup procedure anew. The Amazon Echo Dot won’t work fully until properly set up and linked to an Amazon account again.

How to Reset Alexa Dot 2 Instructions

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

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

  1. Connect to power. Connect the Amazon Echo Dot 2 to its USB power adapter. The light ring will glow blue for a time, and then go dark. This means that booting is done.
  2. Press the Amazon Echo Dot 2 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 generation 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. Reset Amazon Echo Dot 2 now finished. You have now successfully reset your Amazon Echo Dot 2 speaker to its factory default settings. It has now entered setup mode.
  5. Set up or sell it. You may now unplug, pack, and give your Amazon Echo Dot 2 to someone else. Have no fear that they’ll see your Echo Dot 2 settings on your personal Amazon account. Those values have now cleared from that 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 someone does the setup procedure on it again. The Amazon Echo Dot 2 will not function fully, until properly set up and linked to the internet and an Amazon account.
  6. Done!

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Factory Reset Echo Dot 3 Instructions, How To

Here, we demo how to factory reset Echo Dot 3, this 3rd generation talking speaker. Factory resetting restores the 3rd Gen smart speaker back to default, fresh-from-the-factory operation.  So why would anyone want to do this?  You might want to sell the Dot 3 on eBay or give it to another for Christmas.  Resetting also allows you to link the third generation Dot to a different Amazon account.  Or set it up on a different wireless network.  In all these situations, factory resetting works best to clear no longer valid account data from the Dot 3.  Factory Resetting gets the speaker ready to use on a new account and / or WiFi network.

To detach the Echo Dot 3rd Generation from its current Amazon account, run the routine below.

Now if you’re just trying to get rid of unusual behavior of the Echo Dot 3, you may not need a complete factory reset. So, before resetting, try powering off the Dot 3 for fifteen seconds.  Turn it off by unplugging its power cord either from the AC outlet, or from the Dot itself.  Then, wait ten to fifteen seconds. Then plug it back in. Rebooting often brings back correct operation. But if not, read on for the factory reset procedure to follow.

Once reset, you’ll no longer have control of the Echo Dot 3 from the account where you controlled it from before.  To control it again through the previous account, run through the setup procedure again.

Factory Reset Echo Dot 3 Instructions, How To

1. Connect the Power Cable

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

Picture of the Echo Dot 3rd Generation speaker AC power adapter, plugged into speaker back. Factory reset Echo Dot 3.

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

2. Next, Plug the Adapter End into a Working AC Outlet

See this as shown next.

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

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 3 to complete booting.  That’s done when either the light ring goes dark, or it starts flashing orange, red, or purple.

3. Next, Press and Hold the Action Button for Five Seconds

Hold in the Action button until the light ring turns orange, and the Dot 3 says that it is entering Setup mode.  On this 3rd gen of the Echo Dot line, the Action button also works as the Factory Reset button.  Find it pointed at by the green arrow in the next picture.

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

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

4. Finally, What Happens After Factory Reset?

Your Echo Dot 3rd Generation smart speaker has now been returned to its factory state, and has entered setup mode, as shown next.

Picture of the Amazon 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.

Pack it Up or Set it Up Again

You may now give your Echo Dot to another without worry that they’ll have access to the account information and settings on your Amazon account. Or, you can set it up again on your existing account. If selling though, we recommend that you pack the speaker in its original box if you still have it.  This maximizes the chances for safest transport through mail or other delivery service, as shown in the next picture.

Picture of the third generation Echo Dot speaker box, front view. Factory reset Echo Dot 3.

Echo Dot 3rd Gen speaker box, front view. Factory reset Echo Dot 3.

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