How To Reset Echo Dot 1st 2nd or 3rd Generation

The echo dot is a useful smart home device which can answer questions, calculate and play music, and part of having an echo dot in the first place is knowing its feature and knowing How To Reset Echo Dot for some reasons, but it all comes down to one, making it as if a brand new.

You don’t need to reset an Echo Dot often, but if the smart helper has been misbehaving, or you just want to give your device to someone to someone else, it’s good to know how to hard reset the Echo dot.

Types Of Echo Dot Resets

First, make sure you know what reset type you’d like to do.

If it seems to be inconsistent you should try to turn the power off by removing the power adapter from the back, giving it a couple of seconds, and plugin it back in

You’ll want to do a factory reset if your Alexa speaker still doesn’t work after this.

If you sell or offer it to another person, you’ll also want to re-set your Echo speaker.

Factory reset using the Alexa app

You can reset your Echo device using the Alexa app on your iOS or Android smartphone.

Note: If you dont see The “Factory Reset Option” press “Deregister” and use the guide below to reset with either a paper clip or a pin

1) Go to Devices.
2) Tap the Echo & Alexa icon at the top.
3) Choose the speaker you want to factory reset.
4) Scroll down to Factory Reset and tap it.
5) Confirm you want to reset.

Go to Devices.
Tap the Echo & Alexa icon at the top.
Choose the speaker you want to factory reset.

How to reset Amazon Echo Dot 1st, 2nd, 3rd Generation

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Resetting an Amazon Echo varies depending on the type of device it is – and that’s even true for the different generations of the same model.

  • To reset the Amazon Echo Dot first-generation You need a paper clip or a pin. Using the paper clip to press and hold the reset button (located at the system’s base) until the device is turned on and off again. The light ring should turn orange, and the system will enter the setup mode. Once this process has been completed, the first-Dot is reset.
  • To reset the Amazon Echo Dot second generation, simultaneously press and hold down the Microphone Off and Volume buttons until the ring light turns orange, that should take about 20 seconds.
  • To reset the Amazon Echo Dot third generation or Echo Dot with Clock, press and hold the Action button for 25 seconds – that’s the button on the right of the top panel.

Reset Echo Dot using Browser

If you’d like to de-register your Dot using your Phone/PC, there’s a way to do that as well.

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You’ll need to launch your web browser first and head over to and sign in if you haven’t done so already.

Then press Accounts and Links > scroll down til Digital content and devices > Manage content and devices.

Tap Devices at top of the page. You will see a list of all of the Amazon products already registered with you.

Click the Dot that you want to get rid of, scroll down and then press Deregister.

There is also an option to delete your Echo Dot audio recordings.

Reset Echo Dot For Selling

You’ve earned a few too many Echo Dots during the holidays, so you’ve got one extra lying around?

And, maybe you decided that you would like to move to Google Home?

There are a few sites where you can sell your old Echo Dot online if you just want to get rid of your device altogether.

Sites where tech can be bought and sold, such as Swappa, are a good option, as well as auction sites such as eBay, or yard sales sites and apps such as Letgo.

A third-generation Dot usually sells on Swappa for somewhere in the range of $24 to $28.

Enhance your Alexa privacy

Maybe you are asking Alexa some awkward questions? Perhaps you just don’t want the Virtual Assistant to save all your voice recordings?

You can remove individual recordings by going to Alexa Privacy and Settings in the app. Select it to delete a record, and click Delete voice recordings.

You can even remove recordings for the entire day, week, month or even remove the entire history of your recordings.

You can also set it up under Alexa Privacy to have your data automatically deleted.

You may also control certain aspects of your privacy (such as the history of your smart home devices).

Echo Dot vs. Echo Dot Kids Edition

The new version of the Echo Dot Kids has the same specs as the third-gen Echo Dot.

Both devices have a diameter of 3.9,  are 1.7 inches tall and weigh 10.6 ounces.

Like the previous edition of the Echo Dot Kids Edition, which had a seven-microphone array, the new Kids Edition and the third-gen Echo Dot both have a four-microphone voice recognition array system, but they have a larger 1.6-inch speaker unit.

To use with external speakers, each system has the same 3.5 mm stereo audio output, as well as Bluetooth capabilities.

Straight out of the box, because of the bright colors and kid-friendly user guide, you can tell the device is geared for kids.

In this edition, Alexa is sweeter, reacting with tales and age-appropriate answers.

One of the key differences with the Kids Version is that it filters out Amazon Music’s explicit lyrics, and disables voice buying, news, and question-and-answer scenarios on mature themes.

Parents should specify the age range of their child to help filter out content based on the age of their child.

You can also enable parental controls to restrict the number of hours your child can use their Echo, monitor messages, and restrict the hours that Alexa reacts to them (so they don’t goof off while they are supposed to sleep).

You can access a parental dashboard, where you can monitor and set limits on how much time your child spends on viewing entertainment and filtering content based on different age groups. Protection Status