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 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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  • 2019-05-01: Tuned the targeting and added tags.
  • 2019-01-12: First published.




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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  • 2019-04-15: Shortened post URL and tweaked the targeting.
  • 2018-12-22: First published.




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.