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How to reset Alexa devices: Echo, Echo Dot, and more

Is it time to let go of that Alexa speaker or display? You best wipe it before handing it out!
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December 1, 2022
A blue light ring on the Amazon Echo 4th-gen
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Are you having trouble with one of Amazon’s Alexa-based speakers or displays? Or are you upgrading to a newer model? Either way, you’ll want to know how to reset an Alexa device, especially if you plan to sell it or otherwise hand it off to a new owner.

The exact method for a physical reset depends on the Alexa device in question, though it’s often possible to handle it right from the assistant’s Android and iPhone apps.

More: The Alexa commands you’ll need to know | The best Echo and Echo Dot accessories

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A physical reset is performed by holding down one or more buttons, the exact combination depending on your model of Echo. To completely erase all settings, you'll need to use Device Settings in the Alexa app to deregister a device from your Amazon account.


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How to reset Echo and Echo Dot (1st gen models)

The original Echo and Echo Dot models are straightforward to reset, albeit with a tool.

  • Locate a small hole near the base of the product. This is the Reset button.
  • Take a paper clip, SIM tool, or something similar, and hold the Reset button with it until the Echo’s light ring turns orange, then blue.
  • Once the light ring has turned off and on, it should be orange, which means it’s now in setup mode.
  • That’s it — you’ve reset. If you want to add the Echo back to your network (if, say, you reset it as a troubleshooting step), open the Alexa app and follow the steps to connect it to a Wi-Fi network.

See also: The best Echo speakers


How to reset Echo and Echo Dot (2nd gen models)

Amazon Echo Dot image on white surface with Android figurine in background.

The steps for resetting an Echo or Echo Dot are a little different for the second generation.

  • Press and hold the Microphone Off and Volume Down buttons on your 2nd gen Echo device for 20 seconds until the light ring turns orange and then briefly blue.
  • Once the light ring has turned off and on again, it should now be orange, which indicates it’s in setup mode.
  • That’s it. As with the first-generation model, if you want to add it back to your network, open the Alexa app and follow steps to connect it to a Wi-Fi network.

How to reset Echo and Echo Dot (3rd, 4th, and 5th gen models)

Head on view of the buttons on the 5th gen Echo Dot
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Got a third-, fourth-, or fifth-generation Echo or Echo Dot speaker? Here’s what you need to do.

  • Press and hold the Action button (found on top) for around 25 seconds. The light ring will turn orange and then briefly blue.
  • Wait until the light ring has turned on and off again. It should now be orange, meaning it’s reset and in setup mode.
  • If you want to add it back to your network, open the Alexa app and follow the steps to connect it to a Wi-Fi network.

How to factory reset an Echo Show

Amazon echo show 2019 screen 1

If you have an Echo Show, the reset process is simple and consistent across models, even the Echo Show 15.

  • Press and hold the Mute and Volume Down buttons. Once you see the Amazon logo (after roughly 15 seconds), you can let go of them.
  • The display will now offer instructions to help you add it to a new or existing network.

See also: The best Alexa-compatible devices


How to factory reset an Echo Studio

Echo Studio volume and alexa controls

If you’re lucky enough to own an Echo Studio, here are the steps to wipe it.

  • Press and hold the Mute and Volume Down buttons for 20 seconds.
  • The light ring will turn off and on.
  • Your device is reset. If you want to add it back to your network, open the Alexa app and follow the steps to connect it to a Wi-Fi network.

How to reset Alexa devices from the Amazon Alexa app

If you have a third-party Alexa device or you want to avoid physical steps, it’s possible to reset some Alexa devices right from the app. In fact if you’ve performed a physical reset and you want to hand a device to someone else, you’ll still want to follow the steps below, which are necessary to completely erase settings and unlink a product from your Amazon account.

  • Open the Alexa app and select the Devices tab.
  • Tap Echo & Alexa, then the specific device you want to reset.
  • Tap the gear icon in the upper right to go to Device Settings.
  • Locate where it says Registered To and tap Deregister. Confirm your selection by choosing Deregister again in the next window that pops up.
  • You’ve reset the Echo or Alexa device, at least as far as Amazon’s end is concerned. Multi-assistant devices (like a Sonos speaker) may require more steps for a full reset.
  • Follow these steps if you want to reconnect a speaker or display.

Continue: How to use Amazon Alexa