How To Reset Amazon Echo – All devices with video guides

By Steve Hall

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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 they are perfect. Once in a while, you may need to know how to reset Amazon Echo devices to get things working properly again.

I've listed up every single Amazon Echo as well as the latest second, third and fourth generation models so that you know how to reset any Echo device quickly and efficiently. Each one includes a video to show you exactly how to do it so that you can follow along.

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.

How to reset Amazon Echo Dot 1st Generation

If you want to reset the Amazon Echo Dot first generation, first locate the small pinhole reset button on the base of the device. You will need a paperclip or something similar to depress the button.

Press the reset button for about 5 seconds and wait for the indicator light on the top to turn off and then on again. It should then turn orange indicating that is has entered setup mode.

Unfortunately the only video guide for this comes from Amazon themselves and is quite short. They also disabled showing viewing it in other sites, so if you want to watch it on YouTube click here

How to reset Amazon Echo Dot 2nd Generation

If you want to reset the Amazon Echo Dot second generation, first reduce the volume to zero by keeping you finger on the volume down button.

Next, hold the microphone button 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 the light indicator turns orange you can remove your fingers from the buttons. The indicator light should then change to blue and start spinning.

The blue light will spin for about a minute and then you should hear a message similar to 'hello, your Amazon Echo dot is ready for setup, follow the instructions in your Alexa App'. Once you hear this message it means the device has been reset to the factory default and you can either re-setup the device in your Alexa App or deregister it if you plan to sell it or give it away.

How to reset Amazon Echo Dot 3rd & 4th Generation

To reset the Amazon Echo Dot 3rd or 4th generation, you'll need to press and hold the Action button for about 20-30 seconds. Wait for the lights to turn on at the bottom. Alexa will then tell you that the device is entering setup mode. Keep holding down the action button until it says 'resetting your device'. Once you hear this you can release the action button.

It takes about a minute or two for the reset process to complete. Once it is complete, it will give you a voice notification that the device is now in setup mode and that you should go to the Alexa app to complete the setup.

In case you can't figure out which one the action button is, check out the video below that shows you exactly what to do.

How to Reset Amazon Echo Studio

Before starting make sure you Amazon Echo studio is connected to the internet and then locate the microphone and the volume down buttons. Hold both of these buttons down together until the light on top of the device changes to orange. Alexa will tell you that it is 'removing your smart home devices' and resetting your device. Once you hear this, you can let go of the buttons.

The light will then change to a blue spinning light to indicate that it is resetting. The factory reset will take about 1 minute to complete. This process automatically deregisters the device from your Amazon account.

When the reset is complete the light will start to flash orange and you will hear the message 'hello, to continue, download the Alexa App'. 

The microphone will still be disabled (it will be lit up red), so once the process is complete make sure you press the microphone button once to turn the microphone back on.

Please follow the video below to see exactly how it's done.

How to Rest Amazon Echo Devices

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

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 and 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 Show 1st Generation

If you own an Amazon Echo Show 1st generation, follow the video below to factory reset it. 

How to reset the Amazon Echo Show 2nd Generation

If you own an Amazon Echo Show 2nd generation, follow the video below to factory reset it. 

How to reset the Amazon Echo Spot

If you own an Amazon Echo Spot, follow the video below to factory reset it. 

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.

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Steve Hall

Steve Hall is the founder of this website, a certified technology professional and a smart home tech enthusiast fascinated by the power of connected devices.

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