How To Reset Amazon Echo Devices [Definitive Guide]

Amazon has a range of smart speakers known as the Echo. These are smart speakers that come with Amazon’s voice assistant, Alexa. Echo speakers let you control devices connected to the speaker with just your voice.

No doubt Alexa Echo devices are great, but what happens when your speaker seems to get into some problems? Like when it refuses to respond to your voice, has issues with the audio output, or is simply unable to connect to the internet?

In all of these cases, a factory reset should help solve this issue. Performing a factory reset on Amazon Alexa Echo will however remove all of the data that has been associated with your device. Once you set it back up it will all be available and should hopefully be working just fine.

Since there are so many Echo smart speakers, we’ve decided to create a definitive guide that shows you how to reset Amazon Echo devices out there.

Reasons to Reset Amazon Echo

As stated above, there are many reasons why you would want to reset the speaker. It could be because of some issues, unresponsive assistant, giving it to another family member, donating it for a cause, or maybe even simply selling it off. Whatever the reason may be, you can easily reset any Echo smart speaker by simply reading through this guide.

How to Reset Amazon Echo

There are four generations of Amazon Echo smart speakers. Read through the one that applies to your Echo speaker.

How to Reset Amazon Echo

Reset Echo 1st Generation

  1. Grab a sim ejector tool or a paper clip.
  2. Locate the Reset button on the speaker.
  3. Press the reset button with the paper clip.
  4. Keep the button pressed until you see the light on the speaker turns off and then turns on again.

Reset Echo 2nd Generation

  1. You need to press and hold the Microphone Off and the Volume Down buttons on the speaker.
  2. Keep both buttons pressed for 20 seconds.
  3. Once the ring light turns off and then turns on again, the reset process has been completed.

Reset Echo 3rd and 4th Generation

  1. Press the Action button on the speaker and hold it for 20 seconds.
  2. Keep the button pressed till you see the ring light turns off and then turns on.
  3. Once the light turns on, the reset process has been completed.

How to Reset Amazon Echo Plus

Here are the steps to reset your Echo Plus smart speaker be it 1st or 2nd generation.

How to Reset Amazon Echo Plus

Reset Echo Plus 1st Generation

  1. Grab a paper clip or similar tool and press the reset button.
  2. Keep the button pressed for eight seconds.
  3. Once the light on the speaker turns off and then turns back on again, the reset has been completed.
  4. Alternatively, if you want o keep the home connections on the device, press and quickly release the reset button.

Reset Echo Plus 2nd Generation

  1. Press the Volume Down and Microphone Off buttons.
  2. Keep them pressed for 20 seconds.
  3. The ring light will turn off and turn on again.
  4. If you want to reset the device but keep the home connections, press and hold the Action button for 20 seconds.

How to Reset Amazon Echo Dot

The Echo Dit is one of the most popular Alexa smart speakers out there. There are five generations of the Echo Dot available. Follow the steps that correspond to your exact Echo Dot generation.

How to Reset Amazon Echo Dot

Reset Echo Dot 1st Generation

  1. Use a paper clip to press and hold the reset button.
  2. Release the button when the ring light turns off and turns on again.

Reset Echo Dot 2nd Generation

  1. Press and hold the Microphone Off and Volume Down buttons.
  2. Keep these buttons pressed for 20 seconds.
  3. Once the ring light turns off and turns on again, you can go ahead and set up the device.

Reset Echo Dot 3rd, 4th, and 5th Generation And Kids Generation

  1. Press the Action button and hold it for 20 seconds.
  2. The ring light will turn off and turn on again.
  3. The reset has been completed.

How to Reset Echo Show, Echo Show 15, and Echo Spot

The steps to reset the Echo Show and Echo Spot are the same.

How to Reset Amazon Echo Show
  1. Press the Mic and Volume Down buttons for 15 seconds. In those 15 seconds, you should see the Amazon logo on the display.
  2. You should see the reset options displayed on the screen itself.

Keep Smart Home Connections

  • For these devices, you will be using your voice to command the smart speaker.
  • Simply say “Go To Settings”.
  • Alternatively, swipe down from the top of the screen and select the Settings option.
  • Tap on Device Options.
  • Finally, choose “Reset To Factory Defaults but, retain Smart Home Connections”.

How to Reset Echo Studio Smart Speaker

How to Reset Amazon Echo Studio Smart Speaker
  1. Press and hold the Volume Down and Microphone Off buttons for 20 seconds.
  2. Wait for the ring light to switch off and switch on again.
  3. Top reset the device but keep the home connections on it, and press and hold the Action button for 20 seconds.

How to Reset Echo Flex Smart Plug

How to Reset Amazon Echo Flex Smart Plug
  1. Keep the Action button pressed for 20 seconds.
  2. The orange LED will flash and turn off.
  3. Once the LEd turns Blue, it will turn back to Orange.
  4. And this is how you can reset the Alexa Echo Flex.
  5. If you want to save your smart home connections,  press the Action button for 20 seconds and wait for the Orange LED to pulse and turn off.
  6. The same LED will turn Blue and then turns orange.
  7. This way the device has been reset but the smart home connections are still available on the device.

How to Reset Echo Input Smart Speaker

How to Reset Amazon Echo Input
  1. Press the Action button on the speaker and hold it for 20 seconds.
  2. The device will directly enter setup mode. There is no light or LED to indicate this.

How to Reset Echo Input Portable Smart Speaker

  1. Press and hold the Volume Up and Volume Down buttons.
  2. Keep the buttons pressed for three seconds.
  3. When the Blue light switches on and switch off, the reset has been completed.

Reset Any Amazon Echo Smart Speaker With Alexa App

The Alexa app is best used to set up and manage your Echo Smart Speakers. You can download the app for free on your Android and iOS devices.

  1. Launch the Alexa app and tap on the Devices tab at the bottom.
  2. Now, tap on Echo and Alexa.
    How to Reset Amazon Echo Device with Alexa App
  3. Here you can choose your Echo smart speaker.
    How to Reset Any Amazon Echo Device with Alexa App
  4. Tap on the speaker and then tap the Setting icon at top right corner.
    How to Reset Amazon Echo Device with Alexa App
  5. Scroll down and Tap on Deregister.
    How to Reset Amazon Echo Device with Alexa App
  6. It will now ask if you confirm to reset the selected Echo smart speaker.
  7. Tap on Deregister to begin the reset process for your Echo smart speaker.

Conclusion

This concludes the definitive guide on how you can reset every Amazon Echo smart speaker right away. Most of these devices have similar reset steps so it’s not going to be difficult to remember how to reset them. In case you have questions or queries feel free to leave them in the comments section below.

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