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.




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.




Echo Dot 3rd Generation Reset Instructions

We offer here our Echo Dot 3rd Generation reset instructions.  So why would you ever reset this speaker?

  • Well, you may later decide to sell it.
  • Or perhaps when Christmas comes, you might wish to bestow your Dot 3 to another person.
  • Then to, you could want to connect it to a new Amazon account.
  • Or you must connect it to a new WiFi network.  E.g. Maybe you got a new router or changed the WiFi password.

In all these cases, a reset is best.  Why?  Because it clears out old account data from the Echo Dot 3rd Generation.

To unlink the Echo Dot 3 from its current Amazon account, run through the routine below.

Note that if you’re just troubleshooting erratic speaker behavior, you may not need a full factory hard reset. So, before resetting, try turning off the Dot for fifteen seconds.  Since the Dot has no power switch, do this by disconnecting its power cable either from the wall outlet.  Then, wait for a quarter minute. Finally, plug it back in. Rebooting, and not resetting, often restores proper operation. But if not, read on for the proper Dot 3 reset directions.

Once reset, you’ll no longer have access the Echo Dot 3rd Generation from your Amazon account.  To get control back, run through the setup routine again.  There, relink the Dot 3 to that account again via the Alexa app.  See our   Echo Dot 3 Setup Instructions   post for details on setting up this speaker again.

How to Reset Echo Dot 3rd Gen

1. Connect Wall Power Cable

First, plug in the Echo Dot 3rd Generation speaker to its 12-volt 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. Echo Dot 3rd Generation reset instructions.

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. Echo Dot 3rd Generation reset instructions.

Then, wait for the Dot to power up.  It’s don 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.  Then hold it in until the light ring turns orange.

Shortly after that, the speaker says that it is in   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. Echo Dot 3rd Generation reset instructions.

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

Your Echo Dot 3rd Generation smart speaker is now set back to its factory default state. Plus, it goes into  Setup   mode after reset, 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. Echo Dot 3rd Generation reset instructions.

Pack Up the Dot or Set it Up Again

You may now give your Echo Dot 3rd Gen speaker to another. No fear that they’ll get into the Alexa settings on your Amazon account.  Why?  Because you erased it with the reset. Or, set it up again on your account. But if giving away, we suggest that you pack the Dot in the carton it came in. See this box next.

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

Echo Dot 3rd Gen speaker box, front view.

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  • 2019-03-31: First posted.