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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  • 2019-05-04: Tuned the targeting for ‘Factory Reset Echo Dot 2nd Generation’, and added tags.
  • 2019-01-11: First posted.




Echo Dot 2nd Generation Setup Instructions

This article outlines what you’ll need for Echo Dot 2nd Generation setup. We cover the steps in doing it as well as how to test out your speaker after you finish setup.

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

Amazon Echo Dot 2nd generation smart speaker top view. Echo Dot 2nd Generation setup.

What You’ll Need Before Starting Echo Dot 2nd Generation Setup

1. A WiFi Internet Connection

None of the Echo devices built to date has an Ethernet RJ45 port.  So, your only option for Echo Dot 2nd generation setup, is to connect them to the Alexa service via your wireless network.  This network must have internet access. Note that Alexa on your Echo device will not work without a properly configured wireless internet connection.

2. An Amazon Account

Go to https://amazon.com/ to set up a new account there if you do not already have one.  Typically, your account user name is your email address.

3. The Alexa App

The Alexa app is available in the Google Play (Android) store, as well as the App Store (iOS).  Download and install the right version on your tablet.

Echo Dot 2nd Generation Setup Procedure

1. Unpack your Echo Dot 2

The Dot comes in a small blue box, and the box itself is in a plastic bag.  Remove that outer bag, and slit the tape securing the box top closed with a sharp knife.

Open the box and spread the contents out on a table.  You should have the Dot, the power adapter, and a micro USB to USB-A cable.

Remove all clear plastic protectors from the Dot from the side and top.  This exposes the USB and audio output (headphone) cable ports (side) and volume up-down, mic mute, and wake buttons (top).

Then, unpack the adapter and cable, which may also be packed in plastic bags. You’re now ready to proceed with Echo Dot 2nd generation setup.

2. Run the Alexa App

Pick up your tablet and  bring up the Amazon Alexa app.  If this is your first Echo device, the app prompts you to set up a new device.

3. Check your Amazon Account Credentials

If you haven’t yet signed in to your Amazon account with this app, the app prompts for your Amazon account info (user Id and password).  If you haven’t yet created an Amazon account, visit amazon.com and follow the instructions there to set up a new one.

4. Enter Amazon Account Id and Password

In this step in Echo Dot 2nd generation setup, should the Alexa app ask, enter your Amazon account details.

This then signs you in. The app then remembers your account info any time you run it.  That way, you won’t have to enter this data every time.

5. If the App Does Not Ask You to Set Up a New Device… 

If this Dot is not your first Echo device, the app displays its Home screen, with a menu on the left side of that screen.  In this scenario, we use the iOS version of the Alexa app.

6. Go to the Settings Screen  

Do this by tapping the Settings menu item (left side of screen).

The Settings screen displays.

7. Go to the Set Up New Device Screen  

Next in Echo Dot 2nd generation setup, get there by tapping the so-named item, found on the Settings screen Alexa Devices group.  That screen gives you a choice of which device (Echo, Echo Tap, or Echo Dot) to set up.

8. Tap the Echo Device that Matches the One you’re Setting Up

You’ll then see the Choose Language screen.

9. Choose the Language

Use the drop-down menu to pick the language you’ll be speaking to this device (English (United States) is selected by default).

Then, press the Continue button.

The Begin Echo Dot Setup screen appears.

10. Tap the Connect to WiFi Button

A picture of a Dot in setup mode with the rotating orange light appears on your tablet screen.  At this point, make sure that your Dot is connected to power and that the orange light ring on its outer edge is glowing.  The orange light means that the Amazon.XXX network is currently “live.”

11. Press the Continue Button

The Connect your iPad to Echo Dot  screen displays.

Per that screen’s instructions in this part of Echo Dot 2nd generation setup, go to your WiFi settings page on your tablet and look for the Amazon.XXX WiFi network.  It’s an unsecured (open) network, so you need no password to connect to it.

Not to worry though, as this network is only active while setting up your Dot. Otherwise, it’s disabled and non one use it to hack your Dot.

12. Connect the Power Adapter to your Echo Dot 2nd Generation Speaker

Plug the micro USB end of the power cord into the matching port on your Dot. Plug the USB A connector into the matching port on the AC adapter power supply.  Then, plug that adapter into a working 120-volt AC outlet.

13. Watch the Echo Dot Power Up

The light ring first turns bright blue with an aqua (turquoise) blip that circles around the blue light ring.

Picture of the Echo Dot Gen 2 speaker, front view, stock photo. Echo Dot 2nd generation setup.

Echo Dot Gen 2 speaker, front view, stock photo. Echo Dot 2nd generation setup.

After several seconds, the light ring turns orange, and a female voice says, “Hello.  Your Amazon Echo Dot is ready for setup.  Just follow the instructions in your Alexa app.”  If this does not happen, you may have to reset your Dot.  Follow one of these procedures at the following links, for the  Gen 1  or  Gen 2   Dots, depending on which model you have (generation one or generation two).

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

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

At this point, the Echo Dot creates its own WiFi network, to which you must connect your tablet to temporarily, to program in the credentials.

14. Connect to the Amazon.XXX WiFi Network

Back on your tablet, tap the Amazon.XXX item in the WiFi networks list.  Note that the Amazon.XXX network only appears when your Dot is in setup mode, and your tablet is close enough to the Dot to pick it up.  Again, remember that once you finish setup, this network goes away.

Be sure your tablet and Dot are close enough for the tablet to see the Dot’s Amazon.XXX WiFi network.  Echo Dot 2nd generation setup doe snot work if you’re too far away from the speaker. If you do not see this, move the Dot closer to the tablet and then, on the tablet, check the available WiFi networks list once again.

When you’ve successfully connected your tablet to this network, your Dot will sound a pleasant tone and say, “You’ve connected to Echo Dot.  Go ahead and finish the setup in your Alexa app.”  Not only do you hear this message from the Dot itself, but the Alexa app on your tablet also displays a similar message on the screen.

15. Press the Continue Button back in Alexa App

To choose the WiFi network you dot will ultimately use during normal operation, tap the Continue button.

This starts a scan for in-range WiFi networks that your Dot sees.

Then after a few seconds, it displays that list onscreen.

16. Select the WiFi network to Connect your Echo Dot 2nd Generation To

From that list, tap the wireless network name your dot should use.  This network must have internet and be able to reach the Amazon infrastructure servers for your Echo Dot to work correctly.

The Alexa app then prompts you (if the network has been secured) to enter its password.

17. Enter the WiFi Password

Tap in the correct password for the network SSID you’ve chosen.

18. Press the Connect Button

After typing in the password, press the connect button on that same screen.  This instructs the Echo Dot to attempt to connect to the WiFi network you’ve just specified.  This connecting may take several tens of seconds.  But eventually, if you’ve entered the correct password, the Dot successfully connects to your WiFi network.

You’ll then see the “Preparing your Echo Dot.” message and a progress bar begins advancing as information is exchanged with the Amazon infrastructure.

After a short pause, and if all goes well, you’ll see the “Setup is complete.  Your Dot is now connected to WiFi” message.  At this point, the Amazon.XXX network has been turned off. So it can no longer be used to access your Dot.   All further access happens via your WiFi network.

Echo Dot 2nd Generation Setup is Done!

Once you finish the Echo Dot 2nd generation setup routine, your Dot is ready to receive and respond to commands and questions once the orange light ring goes dark.  The Alexa app offers to show you an introductory video.  Try asking your Dot some questions like:

  • Alexa, what time is it?
  • Hey Alexa, what’s the weather?
  • Alexa, give me my flash briefing.
  • Okwy Alexa, tell me a joke.
  • Alexa, how are you today?
  • Hey Alexa, sing happy birthday.

… and so on.  Enjoy your Echo device.  They’re awesome!

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  • 2016-12-02: Originally published.




Echo Dot Reset Instructions, How to Reset Echo Dot

We list our posts that offer how Echo Dot reset works for the Amazon Alexa smart speakers of all generations when gifting or selling the unit. First, they show master reset button locations and describe various resetting procedures unique to each smart speaker.  Then, they discuss when to reset, what resetting means, and offer tips on how to restore the speaker to working order after a reset.  Finally, each post links to other posts on our site related to the subject speaker.

Echo Dot Reset Instructions Posts

Resetting Echo Dot, All Models Posts

First, this group of posts each cover the reset topic for all models of the Echo Dot Alexa speakers.  They offer general info that applies to every one of them.

Further, note that resetting and Echo Dot takes it offline in the Alexa app, although you can still see it listed there.  Thus, resetting does not delete the speaker from the Alexa app.  So if you’re selling it, be sure to, in addition to resetting the speaker, remove it from your Amazom account via the Alexa app.

Finally, if you have no access to the Alexa app, you can deregister the Echo Dot from your Amazon account via the Amazon website at https://alexa.amazon.com/  .   Explicitly, log in there with your Amazon account ID and password, visit your devices list, find the entry for the Echo Dot you’re selling, and follow the screen instructions to delete it.

Next we cover resetting the Echo Dot Gen 1 speaker.  This is the original model of the Echo Dot speaker.

Reset Echo Dot 1st Generation, How To Do It

The first model of the Dot Echo smart speaker is the only model of the bunch that features a physical reset button near the back bottom panel.

Picture of the Amazon Echo Dot 1st Generation, Front Top View.

Amazon Echo Dot 1st Generation, Front Top View

Following, we link to posts that detail resetting the Echo Dot Gen 2 Alexa speaker.

Reset Echo Dot 2nd Generation Help Links

Note that the Amazon Echo Dot Two speaker has no button dedicated to resetting it.  Therefore on this model, you press a button combo to start the resetting process.

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.

Furthermore, here are links following for resetting Echo Dot 3 gen Amazon speaker.

Reset Echo Dot 3rd Generation Help Links

While this 3rd generation of the Alexa Dot speaker has no labeled reset button, it does have a single button that, when pressed and held in for a few seconds, resets the speaker to its factory default state. Read the following posts for details.

Picture of the Amazon Echo Dot gen 3 smart speaker along with its AC wall adapter.

Amazon Echo Dot gen 3 smart speaker along with its AC wall adapter.

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  • 2019-01-12: First published.




Reboot Echo Dot 2 Alexa Speaker Instructions

You may wish to reboot Amazon Echo Gen 2 Dot speaker if it behaves strangely, becomes non responsive to questions and commands, emits unusual sounds, and so on.
However, before attempting any extensive troubleshooting, always try a speaker reboot first. This often clears up many problems such as Wi-Fi connectivity issues.  Plus, trying a reboot initially avoids the potentially unnecessary action of hard resetting your speaker, in which all your speaker’s settings are erased.

Reboot Echo Dot 2 Method One: The Local Method

If you’re near to your Amazon Echo Dot speaker, you can just disconnect it from AC power, wait ten seconds, and then power it back up again.  The unit will complete rebooting in less than a minute.  Rebooting is complete when the light ring goes completely out.

In the case of the Echo Tap speaker, we suggest unplugging it from AC power, and allowing its internal battery to run down to completely dead (dead when the unit powers down).  After that, wait a few minutes, and then reconnect the AC power source.

Reboot Echo Dot 2 Method Two: The Remote Method… NOT YET! 

However, if you’re far away from your Echo Dot, such as upstairs from it, or even away from home, it would be nice to be able to issue a reboot command via the Alexa app on your mobile device.  However currently, remote Alexa device rebooting is not possible.  We’re hoping they add this capability to the Alexa app in the near future.  When they do add remote rebooting, we expect that the feature will work something like described in the following steps.

This method will likely depend on you having the Alexa app installed and linked to the same Amazon account to which your Echo speaker device is linked.  If all of that is in place, then you would do the following, to effect a remote restart of your speaker.

1. Run the Amazon Alexa app on your tablet.

We’re using an iPad Air computer tablet in this scenario.  The Alexa app is located on page three of our iPad’s home screen, although yours may appear in a different location, depending on how many apps you have installed as well as how you might have arranged them.

Picture of the iOS Home screen with the Alexa App highlighted. Reboot Echo Dot 2.

iOS Home screen with Alexa App highlighted. Reboot Echo Dot 2.

Upon running this app, the Google home screen appears, as follows.

Picture of the Amazon Alexa app on iOS, displaying the Home screen, with the Settings option highlighted. Reboot Echo Dot 2.

Amazon Alexa app on iOS, displaying the Home screen, with the Settings option highlighted. Reboot Echo Dot 2.

2. Tap the Settings Menu Control

Find this control in the black and white menu area on the left side of the Home screen, as pointed at in the previous picture by the pink arrow.  This brings up the Settings screen as shown next.

Picture of the Alexa App Settings Screen, showing my Echo Dot as online. Reboot Echo Dot 2.

Alexa App Settings Screen, showing my Echo Dot as online. Reboot Echo Dot 2.

3. Tap the Entry for the Echo speaker you Wish to Reboot 

Find this entry under the Alexa Devices heading.  This brings up the Settings screen specific to the device you’ve selected for reboot, as shown next for our case.  We have one Echo Dot 2 speaker in this demo (Thomas’s 1st Echo Dot), and so, only one device therefore, is shown in the Alexa devices list above.  Tapping on that one, produces something like the following screenshot.

Picture of the Amazon Alexa app on iOS, displaying the -Device Settings- screen, showing our suggested Reboot item placement. Reboot Echo Dot 2.

Amazon Alexa app on iOS, displaying the -Device Settings- screen, showing our suggested Reboot item placement. Reboot Echo Dot 2.

4. Tap our Imaginary  Reboot Menu Item

The location of the (hopefully futuristic) Reboot item, would likely be located where the pink arrow is pointing in the previous picture.  Activating the Reboot item would bring up a Reboot Confirmation dialog box, which would appear similarly to that found in the Google Home app when you’re rebooting a Google Home speaker.

Picture of the Google Home app on iOS, displaying the -Device Reboot Confirmation- prompt, with the -REBOOT- link highlighted. Reboot Echo Dot 2.

Google Home app on iOS, displaying the -Device Reboot Confirmation- prompt, with the -REBOOT- link highlighted. Reboot Echo Dot 2.

5. Tap the REBOOT Link

This would start a remote reboot Echo Dot 2 run on your speaker and close the Reboot Confirmation dialog box.  It would then return you to the Device Settings screen.  But your speaker, during the reboot, would show as Offline.  This is temporary however, as the speaker will again come online once it finishes rebooting.

6. Done!

Once the speaker shows as online, reboot has finished successfully, and you can try some commands and questions.  Hopefully, rebooting has solved any issues you were experiencing.  If not, you can always try more intrusive tactics, such as hard resetting your speaker, and then setting it up again.  See our links in the Related Posts section below for instructions on how to take those more drastic steps.  Good luck.

Again, please note that we doubt that remote booting of the Echo speakers via the Alexa app is possible at this moment.  But we feel that once remote restarting has been implemented, it will work about like we just described.  If it doesn’t, we’ll update this post accordingly.

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  • 2017-01-28: Originally published.




Echo Dot 3 Setup Instructions for Amazon Alexa 3rd Generation Dot

This piece discusses what you’ll need for Echo Dot 3 setup and the steps to take to perform that setup.  Applies to the 2018 model of Amazon’s ever popular version of this Echo Dot smart speaker.

Picture of the Amazon Alexa Echo Dot 3 top view, showing all its buttons.

Echo Dot 3 Setup Instructions: Our Amazon Alexa Echo Dot 3 speaker top view, showing all its buttons.

Before you Start Echo Dot 3 Setup

1. A WiFi Internet Connection

None of the Echo Dot 3 devices manufactured to date has an Ethernet RJ45 port.  So, you may only link them to Amazon’s Alexa service via your WiFi network.  That network must have internet access. Also note that Alexa on your 3rd generation Echo Dot will not function without a properly set up wireless internet connection.

2. An Amazon Account

If you do not already have an Amazon account, one way to get one is to visit https://amazon.com/ .  Follow the prompts there to set one up.

Or, when you run the Alexa app in Step 2 under Echo Dot 3 Setup Step-by-Step Instructions below, and you’ve never signed into the app with a valid account, Alexa will ask you to sign in, as shown next.

Screenshot of the Amazon Alexa app on iOS, displaying its Login prompt.

Amazon Alexa app on iOS, displaying its Login prompt. Echo Dot 3 Setup.

There, Amazon allows you to create a new account if necessary.  If so, press the  Create a New Amazon Account  button in the lower center portion of the login screen.  Then, Alexa walks you through that account setup procedure.  At any rate, be sure to successfully set up an Amazon account before proceeding.

3. A Compatible Mobile Device

You’ll need to run the Alexa app on a compatible mobile phone or tablet computer.  For this scenario, we’re using our iPad Air tablet.

4. The Alexa App

The Alexa app is available in the Google Play (Android) store, as well as the App Store (iOS).  Download and install the appropriate version on your tablet, and log into it with your Amazon account credentials.

5. Bluetooth

Be sure to enable Bluetooth on your mobile device.  The Alexa app uses Bluetooth to detect nearby Echo Dot speakers in some situations.  So, turn on Bluetooth on this device on when setting up an Echo Dot 3.

Echo Dot 3 Setup Instructions, Step-by-Step 

1. Unpack your Speaker

Skip ahead to the next step if you already unboxed your Echo Dot 3.

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

Echo Dot 3rd Gen speaker box, front view. Echo Dot 3 Setup.

Now the Dot 3 comes in a small blue box, as pictured in the last shot earlier. For new Dots, the box itself arrives in a clear plastic bag.  Remove that outer bag, and slit the tape securing the box top closed with a sharp knife.

Open the box lid, take out all contents and spread them on a floor or table.  You should have the Dot Echo 3, the power adapter with its permanently attached cord, and some documentation.

Remove any clear plastic protectors on the Dot 3 from the side and top.  This exposes the DC power input and audio output (headphone) cable ports (side).  It also allows access to the volume up-down, mic mute, and wake buttons (top).

Then, unpack the adapter and cable, which may also be packed in separate plastic bags.

Picture of the Amazon Echo Dot gen 3 smart speaker along with its AC wall adapter.

Echo Dot 3 Setup Instructions: Amazon Echo Dot 3 smart speaker along with its AC wall adapter. Echo Dot 3 Setup Instructions.

2. Connect your Speaker to AC Power

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.

 

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.

3. Run the Alexa App

Find the Alexa app on your mobile device, as we did on our iOS based iPad Air tablet, as shown in the next picture.

Screenshot of the iOS 11 home screen, showing the Amazon Alexa app Icon highlighted

Echo Dot 3 Setup Instructions: iOS home screen, showing the Amazon Alexa app Icon highlighted.

Tap the Alexa app icon to run it. If this is your first time running the app, it will prompt you for your Amazon account and password.

Furthermore, if this is your first Echo Dot device, the app will prompt you to set up a new device.

4. Enter Amazon Account Id and password.

Should the Alexa app prompt, enter your Amazon account credentials.  Then  you’ll be signed in via the Alexa app.  The app then remembers your Amazon account information whenever you run it, so that you won’t have to enter this data every time.

5. If you are not prompted to set up a new device… 

If this Dot is not your first Echo device, the app displays its Home screen.  In this scenario, we’re using the iOS version of the Alexa app.

Picture of the Amazon Alexa app Home screen on iOS, with the main menu button highlighted.

Amazon Alexa app Home screen on iOS, with the main menu button highlighted.  Echo Dot 3 Setup.

6. Tap the Menu (Hamburger) Button

Find this called out by the green arrow in the last picture.

Hitting the menu button brings up the Alexa app’s main menu, as shown next.

Picture of the Amazon Alexa app on iOS, showing its main menu, with the Settings option highlighted.

Amazon Alexa app on iOS, showing its main menu, with the Settings option highlighted. Echo Dot 3 Setup.

7. Go to the Settings Screen  

Visit the Settings page by tapping the Settings menu item (left side of screen), highlighted by the green arrow in the previous picture.

The Settings the screen displays as follows.

Picture of the Alexa App on iOS, showing its Settings screen, with the Device Settings option highlighted.

Alexa App on iOS, showing its Settings screen, with the Device Settings option highlighted. Echo Dot 3 Setup.

8. Visit the Device Settings Page

Get to the Device Settings page by tapping the Device Settings menu item (left side of the Settings screen, near the top), highlighted by the green arrow in the last picture above.

Tapping Device Settings brings up the All Devices screen, which lists all your currently registered Alexa speakers and other devices. Shown next.

Picture of the Alexa App on iOS, displaying its -All Devices- page, with the -Add New Device (Plus)- button highlighted.

Alexa App on iOS, displaying its -All Devices- page, with the -Add New Device (Plus)- button highlighted. Echo Dot 3 Setup.

9. Go to the Set Up New Device Menu  

Bring up the Set Up New Device menu by tapping the Plus button in the top right corner of the All Devices page, as highlighted by the green arrow in the last picture above.

The Set Up New Device menu then pops up as shown in the next screenshot.

Screenshot of the Alexa App on iOS, showing its -Set Up New Device- menu, with the -Add Device- option highlighted.

Alexa App on iOS, showing its -Set Up New Device- menu, with the -Add Device- option highlighted. Echo Dot 3 Setup.

10. Tap the  Add Device   Option

Touching the Add Device option brings up the   Setup->What type of device are you setting up?  screen, as shown next.

Picture of the Alexa app on iOS, displaying its -What Type of Device are you Setting Up- page, with the -Echo- device type highlighted.

Alexa app on iOS, displaying its -What Type of Device are you Setting Up- page, with the -Echo- device type highlighted. Echo Dot 3 Setup.

11. Tap the Amazon Echo Device Type

Tapping the Amazon Echo item brings up the first Setup screen for Echo devices, as shown next, where you pick which model of the Echo you’re setting up anew.  In this case, we’re setting up and Echo Dot device.  So, we’ve pointed out that option with a green arrow in the next picture.

Picture of the Alexa app on iOS, displaying its -Choose a device to set up- page, with the -Echo Dot- choice highlighted.

Alexa app on iOS, displaying its -Choose a device to set up- page, with the -Echo Dot- choice highlighted. Echo Dot 3 Setup.

12. Tap the Echo Dot Device

Touching the Echo Dot device brings up the Which Echo Dot are you setting up?  screen, as shown next.

Screenshot of the Alexa app on iOS, displaying its -Choose Echo Dot Version to Set Up- page, with the -3rd Generation- option highlighted.

Alexa app on iOS, displaying its -Choose Echo Dot Version to Set Up- page, with the -3rd Generation- option highlighted. Echo Dot 3 Setup.

13. Get your 3rd Generation Echo Dot into Setup Mode

If your Dot 3 is powered up, as it should be if you did Step 2 above, it’s probably displaying its orange light ring.  If so, then skip ahead to Step 14. Or if not, then work through this step.

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

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

If this is a brand new Dot 3 that you just took out of the box, just plug it into AC power.  Then after a a quarter minute it automatically enters Setup mode and announces this.

On the other hand, if this is not a brand new 3rd Gen Dot, it may not immediately go into Setup mode.  In that case, you need to reset it.  See our   Factory Reset Echo Dot 3rd Generation Instructions, How To   post, that details how to reset the Dot 3. In short, to reset, press and hold the Action button until the unit starts resetting.  After a hard reset, the Dot 3 automatically enters Setup mode.

At any rate, however you get there, once you have the speaker in Setup mode, proceed onto the next step.

14. Tap the Echo Dot 3rd Generation Speaker that Matches the One you’re Setting Up

Next. pick up your mobile device again and go back to the Alexa app.  You should see the screen pictured in Step 12 above.

Since we’re setting up an Echo Dot Generation 3 speaker in this demo, we touch the topmost speaker in the displayed list of Echo Dot models shown there.

This starts the Alexa app scanning for new Echo Dot 3 devices to set up, as shown next.

Screenshot of the Alexa App on iOS, showing its -Select Amazon Echo- page while it searches for Echo devices to set up.

Alexa App on iOS, showing its -Select Amazon Echo- page while it searches for Echo devices to set up. Echo Dot 3 Setup.

Now at this point, the Alexa app is waiting to hear from the speaker you’re setting up.  It will hear it when you place your Dot Echo 3 into Setup mode, it is when captured in the next picture.

If your speaker is indeed in Setup mode, then after a brief pause, Alexa should find your new speaker, as ours did, shown next.

Screenshot of the Alexa app on iOS displaying its -Select your Amazon Echo- screen, with a Dot 3 that it found highlighted.

Alexa app on iOS displaying its -Select your Amazon Echo- screen, with a Dot 3 that it found highlighted. Echo Dot 3 Setup.

If Alexa does not find your speaker, make sure you have Bluetooth turned on on your mobile device that’s running the Alexa app.  Check again that your speaker flashing its light ring in orange.  Note that the Dot 3 only stays in Setup mode for several minutes, and times out after that.  If timeout occurs, then unplug the Dot from power for a few seconds and plug it back in.  This should re establish Setup mode.

15. Tap the Listed Echo Dot 3 to Set Up

This brings up the  Select your Wi-Fi Network   page, as shown next.

Just prior to Alexa showing this screen, it runs a WiFi scan from your selected Echo Dot 3 speaker, for in-range WiFi networks that the speaker sees.  Then, it’s this list that the app displays for you.

Screenshot of the Alexa app on iOS showing its -Select Your WiFi Network- screen, with the network we want highlighted.

Alexa app on iOS showing its -Select Your WiFi Network- screen, with the network we want highlighted. Echo Dot 3 Setup.

16. Choose the WiFi Network To Connect your Echo Dot 3 With

Tap the Wi-Fi network you want your new 3rd Generation Dot to log into.  In our case, we’re choosing the 937T681J4059H_2G_Guests network.  That one is pointed out by the green arrow in the last picture.

17. Enter the Password for Chosen WiFi Network

Tapping a WiFi network may prompt you to enter the password for that network.  Skip to Step 18 if you don’t see this prompt.

The Alexa app may not prompt you if you’ve previously saved this network’s information to your Amazon account.  This is true for us in this scenario.  So Alexa did not ask us for the password.

But if a password entry screen appears, type in the correct password, and then move ahead to the next step.

18. Wait for your Echo Dot 3 to Connect to Chosen WiFi Network

While your 3rd Gen Echo Dot attempts to connect to the WiFi network you picked in Step 15 above, the Alexa app shows the Connecting your Echo Dot to Wi-Fi screen, as pictured next.

Screenshot of the Alexa app on iOS displaying its -Connecting your Echo Dot to WiFi- page.

Alexa app on iOS displaying its -Connecting your Echo Dot to WiFi- page. Echo Dot 3 Setup.

After some seconds, and if all goes well, you see the following screen.  This shows that the speaker successfully connected to your proposed WiFi network.

Screenshot of the Alexa app on iOS, displaying its -WiFi Connect Success- page, with the -Continue- button highlighted.

Alexa app on iOS, displaying its -WiFi Connect Success- page, with the -Continue- button highlighted. Echo Dot 3 Setup.

Also, the Echo Dot 3 then makes a rising chime sound, and announces that it’s ready for use.

But if your speaker does not connect and you get errors, follow any directions the app displays give.  If you entered the wrong WiFi password, the system prompts you to re-enter it.  But if the problem connecting is network related, you may have to investigate and resolve that on your router.  In that case, once you’ve fixed that issue, try rerunning this setup procedure again.  We suggest that you close the Alexa app and start it anew first.  Then, again, be sure that your Echo Dot 3 is in Setup mode before doing the setup routine again.

19. Tap the Blue Continue Bar

Hitting the Continue strip then invites you to choose which speaker your Echo Dot 3 will play through, as shown next.

Screenshot of the Alexa app on iOS, displaying its -Chose External Speaker- page, with the -Use Echo Built In Speaker- option highlighted.

Alexa app on iOS, displaying its -Chose External Speaker- page, with the -Use Echo Built In Speaker- option highlighted. Echo Dot 3 Setup.

20. Choose Default Speaker

In our demo, we chose the speaker that’s built into the 3rd generation Echo Dot.

Then, tapping this choice then takes you to the  Where is your Echo Dot  screen, as pictured next.  This screen allows you to name the location in your home where you will place your Dot 3.

Screenshot of the Alexa app on iOS, displaying its -Where is your Echo Dot- page, with the -Bedroom- choice highlighted.

Alexa app on iOS, displaying its -Where is your Echo Dot- page, with the -Bedroom- choice highlighted. Echo Dot 3 Setup.

21. Tap your Desired Location for the Echo Dot 3

Pick the name of your desired Echo Dot 3 location from the list displayed, as shown in the last picture.  In this demo, we tapped Bedroom, as shown in the last photo. Note the check mark that appears when you make a choice, as pointed at by the green arrow in the next shot.

Screenshot of the Alexa App on iOS, showing its -Where is your Echo Dot- screen, with the -Bedroom- option checked and highlighted.

Alexa App on iOS, showing its -Where is your Echo Dot- screen, with the -Bedroom- option checked and highlighted. Echo Dot 3 Setup.

22. Tap the Blue Continue Bar

Once you bump the Continue strip, your Echo Dot 3 has been completely set up and is now ready to accept voice commands.  Then, the Alexa app takes you back to its Home screen, as shown next.

Picture of the Alexa App on iOS, displaying its -Home- page.

Alexa App on iOS, displaying its -Home- page. Echo Dot 3 Setup.

You may now close the Alexa app if you wish.

23. Test Out your Echo Dot 3

Once you’ve finished the setup procedure described above, your Alexa 3rd Gen Echo Dot is ready to receive and respond to commands and questions once the orange light ring darkens.  Try asking your Dot 3 some questions like:

  • What’s the weather?
  • What time is it?
  • Give me my flash briefing.
  • How are you today?
  • Sing happy birthday.
  • Tell me a joke.

… and so on. Of course, be sure to precede each question with your Dot wake word.  The default is Alexa.  Or it could be Computer, Amazon, or Echo if you changed it.

24 Done!

Enjoy your Echo Dot 3.  It’s an amazingly great sounding little speaker, with its improved bass and volume, belying its small size!

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Revision History

  • 2019-04-29: Added tags.
  • 2019-01-24: First time published.