I’m a huge fan of Amazon Echo speakers and while they may be the most powerful smart home voice controller, it doesn’t mean it’s perfect. Once in a while, you may need to reset the Amazon Echo to get things working right again. You may even notice the device getting all jumbled up or something simply has tied its proverbial hands. Heck, maybe you just want to start over from scratch and pretend you just got a new one. Either way, it’s good to know how to hard reset whichever Echo you purchased.

I’ll get into each type of Echo device including the Echo Dot and some of the newer second-generation models so that you know how to reset your Echo device quickly and efficiently. I’ll try to make it as easy as possible and hopefully this will have you hanging around here for more information type of content on all your different smart home devices. I’ll include a video for each of these as well that way you have a more visual reference.

How to reset Amazon Echo Dot

If you plan on resetting your Amazon Echo Dot it is very easy, but it does vary depending on which generation or type of Echo device you have.

If you want to reset the Amazon Echo Dot second generation, press and hold the Microphone Off and Volume down buttons at the same time. You have to be patient and give it a few seconds until the light ring turns orange, which should take about 20 seconds. Once this is complete you should be ready to go.

How to reset Amazon Echo Dot 3rd Generation

To reset the Amazon Echo Dot third generation, you’ll need to press and hold the Action button for 25 seconds. In case you can’t figure out which one it is, that’s the button on the right of the top panel.

How to reset Amazon Echo 1st Generation

Just like with the Echo Dot, if you plan on resetting your standard Echo devices it will vary depending on if you have the first or second generation of the device.

To reset your first generation Echo device, just use a paper clip or a pen tip or something like that to press and hold the reset button in. Once you see the light ring turn off and back on again then you know you are all set.

How to reset the Amazon Echo 2nd Generation

To reset your second generation Echo device, press and hold the Microphone Off and Volume down buttons together until the light ring turns orange, then blue again, which should take about 20 seconds.

How to reset Amazon Echo Plus 1st Generation

I feel like a parrot here. Again, it will depend upon which generation of device you have. But just know that either way, when you reset your devices you won’t lose connection to any of your smart home devices.

To reset your first generation Echo Plus, again, you’re going to need something the size of the tip of a paper clip to press the Reset button once and release briefly. Once you see the light ring to turn off and on again you are good to go.

How to reset Amazon Echo Plus 2nd Generation

To reset your second generation Echo Plus, it’s a little bit different. Basically, you press and hold the action button for 20 seconds. Once you see your light ring to turn off and on again you should be all set to use your Amazon Echo.

How to reset the Amazon Echo Show or Echo Spot

One thing that you’ll quickly notice whether you have the Echo Spot or either generation of the Echo Show is that things work slightly differently. It’s important to note that if you are working with a second-generation Echo Show it has the built-in Zigbee chip which allows you to connect to your external Zigbee smart home devices. What’s especially different here is that how you reset your device affects those connections differently.

If you are resetting a second generation Echo Show and don’t want to lose your smart home device connections, say, “Alexa, go to settings,” or just swipe down from the top of the screen and select Settings. After that select Device Options, and then “Reset to Factory Defaults, but retain Smart Home Device Connections”.

If you plan on just resetting your first generation Echo Show or Echo Spot to its factory settings, say, “Alexa, go to settings,” or swipe down from the top of the screen and select Settings. Then, select Device Options, and then “Reset to Factory Defaults”. This will erase all your personal information and settings on the device. So you are truly starting over from scratch.

How To Reset The Amazon Echo Sub

The Echo Sub is the newest and coolest addition to the line of Amazon Alexa devices. Although we don’t find it to be a must have item. It still has some extra parts to set up and it may take a few times of trying to sync it up before you get it just right. That said, you may need to know how to reset it and it’s not that hard at all.

It’s easy to reset the Echo Sub, just press and hold the Action button located just above the power cord for 25 seconds. You can see the location of the button and more about this in the video below. Once you’ve completed this it should be as good as new.

How To Reset The Amazon Echo Auto

The last Echo device that I’ll cover in this post is one of Amazon’s newest in the line of Echo devices, the Amazon Echo Auto. The reset procedure is very easy with this device, but things look a bit different so we’ll walk through it.

If you want to reset the Echo Auto, press and hold the action button for 25 seconds. That will put the device into set up mode and you’ll see the light bar on the side begin to sweep back and forth in orange. This means the device is now in set up mode. Just continue holding the action button until the action light pulses orange on the side of the device. Then you just release the action button and your all set.

Conclusion

With so many new Echo devices coming out into the market I’m sure I’ll be adding more to this post over time. Thanks for reading and please share this out to any friends who might find it helpful as well.