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 2nd Generation Factory Settings, How To Hard Reset

You may wish to factory reset the Echo 2nd Generation smart speaker. Why? Because you may wish to sell yours to another. Or perhaps you just want to link it to a new Amazon account, or to a new WiFi network. So, with those tasks in mind, this piece shows how to reset Echo 2nd Generation factory settings. Resetting restores all speaker settings to their fresh-from-factory values.  To do that, follow the steps next.

Warning: After the reset, your 2nd generation Echo speaker will not work until set up again.

How to Reset Echo 2nd Generation Factory Settings

1. Plug Echo 2nd Generation Speaker into AC Power

Connect the 2nd generation Echo speaker to its power supply. The light ring then lights blue for a time, and then goes out. When it goes dark, boot up has finished.

Reset Echo 2nd generation factory settings. Picture of the Amazon Echo 2nd gen Alexa smart speaker, powering up.

Reset Echo 2nd generation factory settings. Amazon Echo 2nd gen Alexa smart speaker, powering up.

The next picture shows this 2nd generation Echo speaker standing by, ready for reset.

Reset Echo 2nd generation factory settings. Picture of the Amazon Alexa Echo Gen 2 smart speaker, top front view, showing ready for factory default reset.

Reset Echo 2nd generation factory settings. Amazon Alexa Echo Gen 2 smart speaker, top front view, showing ready for factory default reset.

2. Press the Echo 2nd Generation Speaker Reset Button Combo

See our Where is the Reset Button on Amazon Generation 2 Echo Smart Speaker Located post, for details on how to find the reset button on this unit. We show where these buttons are in the next picture.

Reset Echo 2nd generation factory settings. Picture of the Amazon Echo Gen 2 smart speaker reset button location. It's a button combination of the Mic Mute and Volume Down buttons, as circled in purple

Reset Echo 2nd generation factory settings. Amazon Echo Gen 2 Smart Speaker reset button location. It’s a button combination of the Mic Mute and Volume Down buttons, as circled in purple.

Wait for the light ring to go dark. Then, press and hold the Mic Mute and Volume Down buttons at the same time for five to ten seconds.

3. Wait for the Reset Echo 2nd Gen to Finish

After a several-seconds pause, the light ring goes dark for some seconds, and then turns orange-yellow, as shown next.

Reset Echo 2nd generation factory settings. Picture of the Amazon Echo 2nd generation Alexa speaker, in setup mode, displaying an orange light ring.

Reset Echo 2nd generation factory settings. Amazon Echo 2nd generation Alexa speaker, in setup mode, displaying an orange light ring.

Then, your Echo Gen 2 smart speaker is now back to factory default settings.

Next, after reset, the speaker enters setup mode, as shown by the circling orange-yellow blip on the light ring.

4. Set Up Again, or Pack Up

Finally, you may now unplug, pack, and give your Echo 2 to someone else. Do not fear though, that they’ll have access to the Alexa settings on your personal Amazon account. They will not. Indeed, factory reset erased those prior values from the Echo 2 speaker.

Or, you can set it up once again on your existing account. Once the light ring turns orange, the unit stays in setup mode until someone runs the setup routine. The Echo 2 will not work until properly set up and linked to an Amazon account.

5. All RE-set!

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