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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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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Reset Echo Dot 3rd Generation, How To

Here, we show how to reset Echo Dot 3rd Generation Alexa smart speaker back to factory default settings.  So why would you ever do this?  Well, you may wish to sell or give your Dot 3 to another person.  Or link it to a new Amazon account.  Or connect it to a new WiFi network.  In all these cases, resetting is the best way to clean out all old account data from the Dot.  A reset gets it ready to use on a new account and / or Wi-Fi network.

To reset Echo Dot 3rd generation and unlink it from its current Alexa account, run through the routine below.

Do not always reset as a first step for fixing strange Echo Dot behavior. Before hard resetting, try turning off the Dot 3 for fifteen seconds.  Do this by unplugging its power cable either from the wall outlet, or from the speaker itself.  Then, wait for a quarter minute. Then plug it back in. Rebooting often restores proper working. But if not, read on for the proper hard reset procedure.

Once you reset Echo Dot 3rd generation you’ll no longer be able to control the speaker from your Amazon account.  To get control of it back, run through the setup procedure again.  There, relink the Dot 3 to that account again via the Alexa app.

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. Reset Echo Dot 3rd generation.

Amazon Echo Dot gen 3 speaker AC power adapter, plugged into speaker back. Reset Echo Dot 3rd generation.

2. Next, Plug the Power Cord 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. Reset Echo Dot 3rd generation.

Amazon Alexa Echo Dot Gen 3 smart speaker powering up, showing its AC adapter plugged into standard wall outlet. Reset Echo Dot 3rd generation.

Then, wait for the Echo Dot to finish booting.  It’s done booting when either the light ring goes dark, or it begins flashing orange, red, or purple.

3. Next, Press and Hold the Action Button for 5 to 10 Seconds

Press the   Action   button until the light ring turns orange.  You should also hear the smart speaker announce 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. Reset Echo Dot 3rd generation.

Amazon Echo Dot 3 speaker, top view, showing the Action button highlighted.

4. Finally, What Happens After Reset?

Your Echo Dot 3rd Generation smart speaker is now restored to its factory default settings.  It also 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. Reset Echo Dot 3rd generation.

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

Pack it Up or Set it Up Again

You may now give your Dot 3 to another now.  Don’t 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. But if selling, we suggest that you pack the speaker in its original carton. Do this for safest transport through the mail, as shown in the next picture.  Then, pack the Echo box in another outer box for further safety.

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

Echo Dot 3rd Gen speaker box, front view. Reset Echo Dot 3rd generation.

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  • 2018-12-01: 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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  • 2018-12-22: First published.