How to Factory Reset and Wipe an Amazon Echo Dot Smart Speaker Device

The Amazon Echo Dot is a popular smart speaker that allows you to access Amazon’s voice assistant, Alexa. It can play music, provide information, set timers and alarms, control smart home devices, and more using just your voice.

However, there may come a time when you need to factory reset your Echo Dot, wiping all personal data and settings and restoring it to its original factory settings. Here is a detailed guide on how to factory reset an Amazon Echo Dot.

Reasons to Factory Reset an Echo Dot

There are several reasons you may want to factory reset your Echo Dot:

  • Sell or gift the device – Factory resetting removes all personal information and accounts, allowing the new owner to set it up fresh.
  • Resolve technical issues – If your Echo Dot is having issues connecting or functioning properly, a factory reset often fixes software glitches.
  • Start fresh – You can wipe your Echo Dot if you want to remove all customization and data and set it up like new again.

Backup Voice Recordings

Before factory resetting your Echo Dot, you may want to backup any voice recordings or data you want to keep. You can do this in the Alexa app:

  • Open the Alexa app and go to Settings > Your Content.
  • Select the device with recordings you want to backup.
  • Tap “Back Up Voice Recordings” and select where to save the backup file.

Factory Reset Using Alexa App

The easiest way to factory reset an Echo Dot is through the Alexa app on your smartphone:

  • Open the Alexa app and tap Devices in the bottom right.
  • Select the Echo device you want to reset by tapping its name.
  • Tap the Settings icon in the upper right and scroll down to select “Factory Reset”.
  • Confirm again that you want to continue with the reset.

The Echo Dot will reboot and be restored to factory settings, ready for you or a new owner to set up again from scratch.

Factory Reset Echo Dot from Device

You can also factory reset your Echo Dot using the manual reset button on the device itself:

Echo Dot Gen 1

  • Use a paper clip to press and hold the reset button on the bottom of the device for 5 seconds until the light ring turns orange.

Echo Dot Gen 2

  • Press and hold the mute and volume down buttons simultaneously for 20 seconds until the light ring pulses orange.

Echo Dot Gen 3/4

  • Press and hold the Action button for 25 seconds until the light ring pulses orange.

For all generations, wait for the reset process to complete. The light ring will turn blue and then orange again when ready to set up.

What Gets Removed During Factory Reset

When you factory reset an Echo Dot, all of the following data and customization gets erased:

  • Wi-Fi network credentials
  • Amazon account information
  • Paired Bluetooth devices
  • Linked music streaming services like Spotify
  • Connected smart home devices
  • Alarm times, reminders, and timers
  • Alexa voice recordings and history
  • Customized settings and preferences
  • Any downloaded skills or apps

Essentially the Echo Dot reverts to a blank slate, as if straight out of the box.

Tips When Resetting an Echo Dot

Here are some useful tips when factory resetting an Echo Dot:

  • Only reset as a last resort after trying restarting and power cycling the device.
  • Reset when preparing to sell or gift your Echo Dot to protect personal data.
  • After resetting, run through the setup process step-by-step when prompted in the Alexa app.
  • Consider backing up your voice recordings from the Alexa app before you reset.
  • Remember you’ll have to reconnect smart home devices like lights and thermostats after the reset since all connections get erased.

Alternative Option: Deregistering

Instead of a full factory reset, you also have the option to deregister your Echo Dot, which removes it from your Amazon account so it can be registered to someone else.

To deregister an Echo Dot:

  • Open the Alexa app and go to Devices > Echo & Alexa > [Your Device]
  • Scroll down and tap “Deregister Device” then confirm your choice.

This removes your account details but leaves other data and settings intact. The next user will have to register the Echo Dot to their own Amazon account during setup.


Factory resetting your Echo Dot clears all personal data, settings, and customizations, restoring it to original factory conditions. This is useful when selling or gifting your device so the next owner can start fresh. Resetting also often resolves technical issues if your Echo Dot is having problems.

Just be sure to backup any voice recordings you want to keep before performing a factory reset using either the Alexa app or the manual reset button on your Echo Dot. And remember you’ll have to reconnect smart home devices afterwards since those connections are erased.

Following the steps in this guide, you now know how to easily factory reset an Amazon Echo Dot. Just be aware of what gets removed, backup important data, and run through the first-time setup process to get your Echo Dot working like new again.


The sources provide detailed instructions on how to factory reset Amazon Echo devices, including the Echo Dot smart speaker. Here are some key points:

[1] Amazon’s official help site provides steps to reset various Echo devices. For the Echo Dot 2nd generation, you press and hold the Microphone off and Volume down buttons simultaneously for 20 seconds to reset.

[2] To reset an Echo Dot 2nd, 3rd, 4th or 5th generation, you press and hold the Microphone Off and Volume Down buttons together for 20 seconds until the light ring turns orange. This enters setup mode to configure the device again.

[3] The Echo Dot support page on Amazon discusses troubleshooting issues like connectivity problems. It mentions options like restarting or resetting the device, indicating a factory reset can often resolve technical problems.

[4] Multiple sources recommend factory resetting an Echo Dot before selling or giving away the device to someone else. This erases personal data like Wi-Fi credentials, voice recordings, and account information to protect privacy.

[5] One article warns that even after a factory reset, not all user data is necessarily wiped from the flash storage on Echo devices. This raises security issues regarding secondhand Echo Dots.

So in summary, the main steps are pressing physical buttons on the Echo Dot simultaneously for 15-20 seconds until the light ring indicates a reset, or using the Alexa app settings to reset the device remotely. This wipes all personal data and settings, resolving issues or allowing a new user to set up the smart speaker from scratch.