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How to factory reset the Amazon Echo Dot

The Echo Dots are the most popular smart speakers on the market, more and more people have one -or several- at home. If you are one of them and have an Echo Dot that isn’t working properlyin this guide we teach you how can you factory reset it in a few simple steps to solve possible problems. In addition, this procedure is also useful if, for some reason, you want clear your data and set it up from the start again.

On the other hand, it is necessary also if you won’t return the Echo Dot to the store where you bought it, you are going to give it away to another person or you are going to sell it, because that way you make sure that not a single piece of your personal information remains. Whatever it is for, factory resetting your Echo Dot is something that only takes a few seconds. If something goes wrong with your Echo Dot, you can easily factory reset it.

How to factory reset your Amazon Echo Dot

There are two different methods to factory reset your Amazon Echo Dot. On the one hand, you can via the Alexa app installed on your mobile phone or tablet. Secondly, through the physical buttons themselves that has the smart speaker.

With the Alexa app

The first thing you need to do to set up your Echo Dot is open the Alexa app on your mobile. This will allow you to control which devices are paired with the smart speaker, change its language and, among other options, also proceed to factory reset. Therefore, the Alexa app is key if you want to erase all the data on your Echo Dot. We remind you that you can download it for free from the Play Store. Amazon-Alexa Once you have configured the application on your mobile, follow these steps to use it to return your Echo Dot to its factory state:

  • Open the Alexa app on your mobile.
  • Tap on the tab “Devices” from the bottom bar.
  • Get in on the Echo Dot that you want to reset.
  • Tap on the gear button from the upper right corner.
  • Scroll to the bottom of the page and tap on the option “Unregister”.
  • Confirm that you want to reset the Echo Dot by choosing again “Unregister”.

Once you confirm that you want to erase all data from the Amazon smart speaker, the process will take place. When it’s over, yeah will not be linked to your Amazon account, it will neither remember the connected mobiles nor the last songs you had played. Ultimately, it will be as if you just bought it. If you went through the reset process because the Echo Dot was not working as it should, you can set it back and this way, check if the problems are over. As you can imagine, for this you will also need the Amazon Alexa app on your smartphone.

Through its physical buttons

The physical buttons on your Echo Dot can be used to change the volume, mute the microphone and also to factory reset it and erase all its data. Depending on the model you have, you must press some buttons or others to restore the state of the speaker and leave it as new. If you have the 4th generation Echo Dot you must press the “Action” button for about 25 secondsuntil the lower ring turns Orange. You will quickly recognize this button because it is the one that is represented by a circle. After pressing that button, wait a few seconds for the erasing process to finish.

Afterward, you can either set it up again or simply turn it off for someone else to give it a new lease of life. This is the “Action” button on the 4th gen Echo Dot. In case you want to reset the 3rd generation Echo Dot, you will also have to press for about 25 seconds the “Action” button. You can easily recognize it because it is the button has a dot. Like the newer model, its ring will light up orange and it will begin to reset. This is the “Action” button on the 3rd generation Echo Dot.

The buttons you need to press to reset the 2nd generation Echo Dot change because in this model it is the volume down button and microphone mute button. If you press those two buttons simultaneously for a few seconds, you will see the orange color appear that indicates that the process to erase all your data is beginning. Press the microphone button and the volume down button to reset the 2nd generation Echo Dot. Finally, we have the 1st generation Echo Dot which has a specific button to reset it at the bottom.

To access it, you must use a fine and elongated tip, like the typical card extractor that accompanies mobile phones. Press that button for a few seconds and you will see how the orange light turns on, indicating that the data restoration process is beginning. As we have seen, factory resetting your Echo Dot is a very simple process that you can perform through the Alexa app or with its own physical buttons. It is a useful method for fixing some problems, reconfiguring the device from the beginning to change some settings that you did not like, or in those situations in which the Echo Dot will no longer be yours.

By the way, if your smart speaker is completely unusable and you want to do without it, this process is also very important, because you will ensure that your data disappears completely before throwing it away. 

Ron Harold

It has been a long time since I joined Research Snipers. Though I have been working as a part-time tech-news writer, it feels good to be part of the team. Besides that, I am building a finance-based blog, working as a freelance content writer/blogger, and a video editor.