How to Reset Amazon Echo Devices?

Have you ever wondered How to Reset Alexa Echo and what difference will it make? Well, a Factory Reset is one of the full proof troubleshooting steps that restore the device back to its original state or the state it was packed in the factory. All devices require a reset some time or another, and your Amazon Alexa Echo is no exception.  Here, I have described how to reset the Amazon Echo devices.

Why Reset Amazon Alexa Echo devices?

You should restore Amazon Alexa smart speakers to factory settings for the following reasons:

  • If you want to sell/give your Alexa Echo to someone, a factory reset is recommended.
  • If you feel that your Alexa is not responding as it used to, a factory reset would set it right.
  • If an update has failed or faced an internet connectivity issue, then it is probable that the update was not correctly installed and it could even cause issues with the previous stable version.

How to Reset Amazon Alexa?

There are two ways to reset your Amazon Alexa Smart Speaker:

  • Using the App on your smartphone.
  • Using the buttons on the Alexa device.

Note: It is necessary to turn on the Alexa device by plugging it in the power socket before resetting the device.

How to Reset Alexa Using the App on Your Smartphone?

Your app on iOS or Android smartphone can be used to reset your Alexa back to the state it was in, the day you bought it, by the following steps:

Step 1. Open the Amazon Alexa App.

Step 2. Tap on Devices located at the right bottom of the screen.

Step 3. Then Tap on the Echo and Alexa option on the top left corner.

Amazon Alexa mobile app

Step 4. The list of speakers will be displayed. Choose the one you want to reset.

Step 5. Scroll down the list of options, and locate Factory Reset.

Step 6. Tap on Factory Reset, and choose the positive responses for any prompts that appear.

How to Reset the Amazon Echo Dot with the help of buttons?

Amazon Alexa echo dot

The smallest of all the Amazon Alexa devices, it is probably the cheapest and comes in two variant and three colors namely black, grey and white. The new variant displays time on the side and has a slightly different process for factory reset. To reset it, follow these steps:

Reset Echo Dot second generation:   Press and hold the volume down button denoted by a minus sign along with the microphone button simultaneously for 25 seconds. Release the buttons when the light ring changes its color to orange.

Reset Echo Dot third generation (with clock): Press and hold the Action Button which is denoted by a dot, for 30 secs.

How to Reset Alexa Echo with the help of buttons?

Amazon Alexa echo

The next Amazon Alexa speaker after Echo Dot is the Amazon Echo which consists of a powerful speaker as compared to the Echo Dot. To reset, determine the generation and follow the steps:

Reset Alexa Echo first generation: There is a small button underneath the device which can be pressed by using a pointed device similar to a paper clip for 30 seconds. Note that the light ring must turn off, and then turn on again before you release the button.

Reset Alexa Echo second/third generation: It is much easier resetting the newer generations,  just press and hold the volume down and microphone buttons together for 25 seconds. Do not release the hold on the buttons until the light turns to orange.

How to Reset Alexa Echo Plus with the help of buttons?

Amazon Alexa echo plus

If you own the best of smart speakers manufactured by Amazon that has a built-in smart hub and a temperature sensor, then the steps to reset your Alexa Echo Plus are a bit different.

Reset Alexa Echo Plus first generation: Turn the device on the side to reveal the base, and you will find a button that can be pressed by a small point safety pin needle. Press the button once, and release it quickly. The lights will turn off on the speaker. Wait for the lights to turn back on after 15 seconds. The device is now restored to factory settings.

Reset Alexa Echo Plus second generation:  Resetting this device is quite easy as it only requires the user to press and hold the action button for 25 seconds. The light ring will turn off and turn on after some time.

How to Reset Other Alexa Echo Devices?

Amazon Alexa echo show 8

Reset Alexa Echo Show 8 second-generation & Echo Show 5. These are Amazon Alexa devices with a screen and hence can be restored to the factory default by on-screen options.

Step 1. Swipe down from the top of the screen and choose Settings.

Step 2. Select Device Options.

Step 3. Locate Reset to Factory Defaults & Retain Device Connections and tap on it. The device will restart, like brand new.

Echo Show first-generation & Echo Spot. These are the older devices that came with a screen. The process is similar, but it does not give an option to retain the device connections and will erase all your personal settings.

Reset Alexa Echo Sub. The latest member of the Amazon Echo family syncs with all the echo devices to provide a Woofer effect. To reset the Alexa Echo Sub, hold the Action button present above the power cord for 30 seconds.

Your Thoughts on How to Reset Amazon Echo Devices?

It is very easy to reset Amazon Alexa Echo Devices as compared to resetting our smartphones or computers. The process does not require much time and effort. However, it is recommended to carry out the reset once in six months so that the device clears up and functions properly.  After resetting you can spend your holidays and celebrate Christmas with the newest member of your family – Alexa.

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