Factory reset all Amazon Echo speakers and smart displays

No matter how smart technology gets, there will always be a situation where you need to do a reset. Whether it’s to sell it or throw it away safely, or just to fix annoying problems, being able to reset a device is a fundamental function. When it comes to the Amazon Echo, it’s not particularly clear how to do this. There is no button on the latest models looking at you with a big “RESET” label over it. There aren’t many physical controls on an Amazon Echo, so we see where the confusion comes from.

Fear not, it’s easy enough to reset an Amazon Echo once you know what to do. All the methods shown here can be performed on the device, without needing your phone. Whether you’re still using a 1st generation, the latest 4th generation, or even an Echo Show, we’ll show you how to completely reset them all.

How to reset:

How to reset the 1st gen Amazon Echo, Echo Plus and Echo Dot

  • Press the hole at the bottom for eight seconds to reset.

Amazon Echo Plus 1st Generation

There are outliers to consider and it’s the 1st Gen Echo, Echo Plus and Echo Point† While there’s no big, bold reset button on it, there’s still a physical check to perform it.

Flip them over on all three devices and look for a hole in the base. You need a paper clip or a pin or something similar thin and pointy. With the device turned on, push it into the hole and hold it for eight seconds.

The ring light should first go out and then turn orange. The Echo is now back in setup mode so you can start over with the Alexa app on your phone or tablet.

How to Reset 2nd Gen Amazon Echo, Echo Dot, Echo Plus, and Echo Studio

  • Press and hold the microphone off and reduce volume buttons for 20 seconds.

Amazon Echo Dot 2nd Generation

From the second generation of Amazon Echo speakers, there is a different method to use. The hole disappeared and instead you have to use a combination of pressing the physical buttons on the speaker.

However, the combination for the 2nd generation models is a bit different from the newer ones.

Press and hold to reset microphone off and reduce volume buttons simultaneously. After about 20 seconds, the ring light will turn off and return to amber. The Echo has now been reset and is back in setup mode. From here it’s over to the Alexa app to set it up again.

How to Reset the 3rd and 4th Gen Amazon Echo and Echo Dot

  • Press and hold the action button for 25 seconds.

Amazon Echo and Echo Dot

To keep everyone on their toes, Amazon has again changed the reset process for the most recent two generations of its smart speakers† On this one, the process involves just the push of a button. Press and hold the action button for a maximum of 25 seconds.

First the ring light should flash blue briefly, then go off and then on again. When the reset process is complete, the ring light should be amber to indicate that you are returning to setup mode.

To reset the Echo or Echo Dot, go back to the Alexa app on your phone or tablet from here.

    The Echo Dot is a slimmed-down Echo in almost every way, packing Alexa’s decent-quality power and sound into a small form factor.

Reset an Amazon Echo Show

  • Navigate to Device Options > Factory Reset

Amazon Echo Show 8

Since it has a display, the process is a little different for the Echo Show devices. Follow these steps.

  1. Swipe down on the screen.
  2. Select Device options
  3. Select Reset to factory settings

If you’re selling or disposing of your Echo Show, make sure you don’t select the option to keep existing smart home connections. Of course, this is useful if you just want to reset to refresh and use your device again. But once you get rid of it, it’s a good idea to make sure nothing sticks to your house.

As you can see, the process is very simple for the most part, but Amazon has changed things every few generations that need some guidance for end users. We hope this guide has been helpful to you in resetting your Amazon Echo device.

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