How to Factory Reset Your Amazon Echo

What makes you factory reset your Amazon Echo? Is your Echo not working properly or are you planning to sell or donate it to someone?

If it is not working correctly, it is better to restart your Echo before factory resetting it. Power off your Echo, unplug it, wait for a few seconds, then plug it again and power on. If your Echo still does not work, then the ideal solution is the factory reset.

If you are planning to sell or donate your Echo to someone else, then factory resetting will be a good decision to avoid being accessed your sensitive personal information by someone else.

Here, we are going to guide you step by step on the factory resetting your Echo. There are several methods for that. Let’s discuss one by one.

Method 1: Factory Resetting Your Amazon Echo Using the Physical Buttons on the Device

The steps that you should follow to factory reset your Echo physically differ according to the device type and the generation. Let’s discuss them separately.

How to factory reset the first-generation Echo?

Press and hold the Reset button which is on the bottom of the Echo speaker, using a long, thin object like a paperclip or similar thing for 5 seconds until the light ring turns off and on again.

How to factory reset a second-generation Echo?

Press and hold the Volume down and Microphone off buttons together until the light ring turns orange. It will take about 20 seconds.

How to factory reset a second-generation Echo?

How to factory reset a third-generation Echo?

Press and hold the “Action” button which is in the center for 25 seconds. The light ring will pulse orange and then it will turn off. After a few seconds, it will turn on again and turn blue. Finally, it will turn orange again. Then the device will go into the setup mode.

How to factory reset a third generation Echo

How to factory reset a first-generation Echo Dot?

Press and hold the Reset button which is underneath the device using a long, thin object like paperclip until the light ring turns orange.

How to factory reset a second-generation Echo Dot?

Press and hold the Volume down and Microphone off buttons together until the light ring turns orange. It will take about 20 seconds.

How to factory reset a third-generation Echo Dot?

Press and hold the “Action” button which is the button with the dot icon, for 25 seconds until the light ring turns orange.

How to factory reset an Echo Show?

Press and hold the Volume down and mute buttons until you see the Amazon logo on the screen.

How to factory reset a first-generation Echo Plus?

  1. Press the Reset button once using a long, thin object like a paperclip and quickly release it.
  2. Wait for a few seconds until the light ring turns off and on again.

How to factory reset a second-generation Echo Plus?

Press and hold the “Action” button until the light turns off and on again. It will take about 20 seconds.

Method 2: Factory Resetting Your Echo Using the Amazon Alexa App

  1. If you do not have the Alexa app on your Android or iOS device, then download and install it from Google Play Store or App Store.
  2. Then launch the Alexa app on your Android or iOS device.
  3. Tap on “Devices”.
  4. Tap on “Echo & Alexa”.
  5. Select the Echo device you want to factory reset.
  6. Tap on “Factory Reset”.
  7. Finally, confirm your choice. That’s it.

If you are planning to get rid of your Echo device, then it is better to deregister it from your Alexa account too. Deregistering an Echo means removing it from your Amazon account. After the deregistration, that same Echo can be registered to another Amazon account.

How to Deregister Your Echo Device from Your Alexa Account?

Method 1: Using the Alexa App

  1. Open the Alexa app.
  2. Go to Settings->Device settings.
  3. Select the Echo device that you want to deregister.
  4. Tap on Deregister.

Method 2: Using a computer

  1. Open a web browser on your computer and visit amazon.com.
  2. Sign in to your Amazon account.
  3. Go to Accounts and links->Digital content and devices->Manage content and devices->Devices.
  4. Click on the Echo device that you want to deregister.
  5. Click on Deregister.

Conclusion

In this article, we guided you on the factory resetting your Echo device using the device itself and the Amazon Alexa app. Additionally, we have mentioned the methods to deregister your Echo device from your Amazon account.

Leave a comment if you face any issues when resetting your Echo. We are here to help you.

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