There will be times you’ll want to remove a device from Amazon Alexa, whether you’re troubleshooting a smart home device or upgrading to a newer speaker. And this can be important — it not only removes clutter from your device list, but it can also protect your data if you’re transferring a device to someone else. If you’re eager to remove a device from Alexa, you just need to follow the below steps in the Alexa app for Android or iOS. Keep in mind that removing Echo devices involves different steps.
How to remove a connected device from your setup
Before you begin, be sure that you’re at home, connected to the same Wi-Fi network as your devices, and have the latest version of the Alexa app on your phone or tablet. The experience is the same for Android and iOS. Once you’re ready, follow the steps below to remove a device from Alexa. This applies to non-Amazon devices, including speakers.
- Launch the Alexa app.
- Open the Devices tab in the bottom right.
- Tap All Devices in the upper right.
- Select the device you want to remove from the list.
- Tap the trash can icon in the upper right to remove a device. It may take a few seconds to disappear.
How to remove an Echo speaker from your Alexa setup
There’s a different procedure involved if you want to remove an Echo speaker from your setup, as they’re connected to Amazon services and remember various preferences. It also varies depending on the model and whether or not you intend to keep it.
- If you intend to get rid of your Echo, sign in to your Amazon account at amazon.com/mycd and click Devices, then Actions, and then Deregister. This removes it from your account and deletes locally stored content, so only do this when ready.
- If you want to start fresh, you’ll want to reset your device instead.
- For second-generation Echo devices, press and hold both the Microphone off and Volume down buttons until the light ring turns orange (this takes about 20 seconds).
- On third-generation Echo devices, press and hold the Action button for 25 seconds until the light ring briefly turns orange.
- With Echo Show and other devices with a screen, you can either press and hold the Mute and Volume down buttons until you see the Amazon logo (on first-generation devices) or visit Settings, Device Options, and choose Reset to Factory Defaults.
- Fourth-generation Echo devices follow the same step as third-generation devices, so hold down the action button for 25 seconds.