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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Revision History

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




How to Reset Echo Dot 2 Back to Default Settings

You may decide to sell or give your Amazon Echo Dot 2nd Generation smart speaker to another person. or wish to link it to a different Amazon account, or connect it to a different WiFi network.  Here, we show how to reset Echo Dot 2 and reload its factory default settings.

To unlink this device from its current Amazon Alexa account, assure that it forgets the WiFi connection information stored within, and to restore the 2nd Generation Dot to factory default (fresh out of the box) values, perform the following procedure.

Note that if you’re just trying to correct erratic behavior of the Echo Dot, a complete factory default reset may not be necessary.  Before resetting, try powering off the unit for fifteen seconds, by disconnecting its USB power cable either from the wall outlet, or from the unit itself.  Wait for a quarter minute, and then connect it back up.  This often restores proper operation. However, if not, read on for the proper hard reset procedure that restores the Dot to factory default parameters.

Once reset, you’ll no longer be able to control the Echo Dot from the account where you controlled it from before, unless you run through the setup procedure again, and relink the Dot to that account via the Alexa app.

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

Amazon Echo Dot 2nd generation smart speaker, top view. How to reset Echo Dot 2.

How to Reset Echo Dot 2

1. Attach Power Cable

Connect the Dot to its USB power.

2. Press Reset Echo Dot 2nd Generation Button Combo

Once the light ring goes completely dark, press and hold the Microphone Mute and Volume Down (-) buttons simultaneously for approximately five seconds, until the light ring turns orange, and then blue.

3. Wait for Reset Operation to Complete

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

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. How to reset Echo Dot 2.

4. What Happens After Reset

Your Echo Dot 2nd Generation smart speaker has now been restored to its factory default settings and has entered setup mode.

5. Pack it Up or Set it Up Again

Picture of the Amazon Echo Dot 2nd Gen speaker in original package, front view.

Amazon Echo Dot 2nd Gen speaker in original package, front view. How to reset Echo Dot 2.

You may now feel free to give your 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. Once the light ring turns orange, the unit remains in setup mode until someone executes the published setup procedure.  The Dot will not function until properly set up and linked to an Amazon account.

6. Finished!

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Revision History

  • 2019-02-20: Added a few tags, key phrase targeting, and more subheadings.
  • 2017-01-20: Further simplified title to:
  • 2017-01-15: Simplified this article’s title to: How to Reset Echo Dot 2nd Gen to Factory Default
  • 2016-12-03: Added links to Related Posts section.
  • 2016-11-28: First published.