How to Reset Amazon Alexa?

How to Reset Amazon Alexa? – Overview

Knowing how to reset an Alexa speaker is crucial, and it will come in handy when you’re having issues with the speaker, looking to give it to someone else, or upgrading to a new model.

When you reset your Amazon Echo or any other Alexa speaker, your information and preferences will be deleted from the speaker.

In case you give or sell the speaker without resetting it, Alexa will assume the next person is you and connect it to Wi-Fi.

If you have used any Alexa-enabled device, you might have a rough idea of how to erase information from an Alexa speaker.

However, did you know there are two ways to reset an Alexa speaker? You can reset using the Alexa app or using the speaker’s physical buttons.

In this review, we will look at how to reset your Echo speaker using both these methods. In addition, we will cover how to reset the various generations of the Echo and Echo dot speakers.

Finally, we will also show you how to reset the Echo show using its display.

How Can You Reset Alexa Device with the App?

  1. Start by launching the Alexa app on your Smartphone. If you haven’t installed it on your phone, check the App Store or Google Play.
  2. Click on the ‘Devices’ switch. (The house-shaped icon in the lower corner of your screen)
  3. Next, click on ‘Echo & Alexa.’
How to Reset Amazon Alexa
How to Reset Amazon Alexa
  1. Then choose the Alexa device you want to reset
  2. Next, scroll down and click on ‘Factory Reset.’
  3. Finally, confirm you want to reset the Alexa device.
How to Reset Amazon Alexa
How to Reset Amazon Alexa – Confirm

This will delete all your info and preferences from the Alexa device. From this point, the device can be registered with another Amazon account.

How Can You Reset Alexa Device Using Physical Buttons?

If you haven’t installed the app, you can reset your Alexa device using its physical buttons or a paper clip for the older models, so here is how to reset various Alexa speakers using buttons.

1st Gen Echo or Echo Dot

  1. Start by finding the reset button; it’s a small hole in the back of the speaker.
  2. Next, use a paperclip or something sharp to press and hold the reset knob until the light ring on the speaker turns orange then blue.
  3. Wait for a couple of seconds so that the light ring can turn off and on. Afterward, it should turn to orange, which means it’s in setup mode.
  1. Open the Alexa app on your Smartphone, connect your 1st Gen Echo or Echo Dot to your Wi-Fi network, and register it to an Amazon account.
How to Reset Amazon Alexa
How to Reset Amazon Alexa – Register

2nd Gen Echo or Echo Dot

  1. Start by pressing and holding the ‘Microphone off’ and ‘Volume Down’ switches simultaneously for about 20 seconds until the light ring turns orange.
  2. The light ring will momentarily turn blue.
  3. Wait for a couple of seconds so that the light ring can turn off and on. Afterward, it should turn to orange, which means it’s in setup mode.
  4. Open the Alexa app on your Smartphone, connect your 2nd Gen Echo or Echo Dot to your Wi-Fi network, and register it to an Amazon account.
How to Reset Amazon Alexa
How to Reset Amazon Alexa

3rd and 4th Gen Echo or Echo Dot

  1. Start by pressing and holding the ‘Action’ switch on top of the speaker for roughly 25 seconds until the right ring turns orange. The light ring will then momentarily turn blue.
  2. Wait for a couple of seconds so that the light ring can turn off and on. Afterward, it should turn orange, which means you have completed the reset and it’s in setup mode.
  3. Open the Alexa app on your Smartphone, connect your 3rd and 4th Gen Echo or Echo Dot to your Wi-Fi network, and register it to an Amazon account.
How to Reset Amazon Alexa
How to Reset Amazon Alexa

Echo Show

Suppose you have an Amazon Echo show or another Amazon speaker with a display? In that case, the reset process is relatively simple, and you can do it on your own.

  1. Start by pressing and holding the ‘Mute’ and ‘Volume Down’ buttons on the top of your speaker. After about 15 seconds, you’ll see the Amazon logo, and you can stop pressing the ‘Mute’ and ‘Volume Down’ buttons.
  2. The display will show instructions and allow you to connect Alexa to a WiFi network.
How to Reset Amazon Alexa
How to Reset Amazon Alexa – Connect Wifi

Final Thought

To sum it all up, regardless of which method you use to reset an Alexa device, the light ring will turn orange when you commence the reset process.

When you’re done, the light ring will turn blue then back to orange again to show the speaker is in setup mode.

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