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How to factory reset an Echo Dot

We spend a lot of time talking to our Echo Dot speakers. Whether they’re serving as a primary smart home brain or an all-around magnificent voice assistant, we tell Alexa our personal preferences and information. When the time comes to get rid of your Dot, resetting the speaker to factory settings is essential. Why? You don’t want any of your private data leaving along with your Echo Dot.

Wiping your personal information is easy, and we’re here to walk you through the process. Here’s a quick guide on how to properly reset your Echo Dot, so you can safely sell it, trade it in, or pass it on to its next owner.

How to factory reset an Echo Dot

Amazon Echo Dot
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Step 1: Deregister your Echo Dot

If you’re getting rid of your Dot, the first thing you’ll need to do is deregister the device from your Alexa account. To do so, go on the Alexa app and click on Settings > Device settings > click on the specific Echo Dot you want to deregister > click Deregister.

When you deregister your Dot, this removes the device from your Amazon account, and the Dot can then be registered to a new Amazon account.

Another way to deregister

If you’d prefer to use your computer to deregister your Dot, you have that option as well. First, you’ll need to launch your web browser and head on over to amazon.com. If you’re not already signed into your Amazon account, you’ll want to do that first.

Next, click on Accounts and links > scroll down to Digital content and devices > Manage content and devices. At the top of the next page, click Devices. You’ll see a gallery of all the Amazon devices that are currently registered to you.

Click on the Dot you want to reset, scroll down, and click Deregister. There’s also an option here for erasing your audio recordings from the Echo Dot.

Step 2: Reset your Echo Dot

First-generation

If you have a first-gen Echo Dot, you need a paper clip or a pin. Use the paper clip to press and hold the reset button (located at the base of the device) until the device turns off and on again. The light ring should turn orange, and the device will then enter setup mode. Once you complete this process, your first-generation Dot is reset.

Second-generation

For second-gen Dots, you’ll need to press and hold the Microphone off and Volume down buttons at the same time for about twenty seconds. The light ring should turn orange, and the device will then enter setup mode. This means your reset was successful.

Third-generation

If you have a third-gen Echo Dot, the process is simple. You just need to press and hold the action button for about thirty seconds. The light ring should then turn orange, and this means the device has entered setup mode. Alas, your reset is complete.

Trading in your old Echo Dot

Echo Dot

Amazon’s trade-in store accepts some Echo devices. You can get up to $5 for both the Echo Dot third-gen and the Echo Dot kids edition. Plus, Amazon offers a bonus 25% off any new qualifying Echo device.

Selling your old Echo Dot

Maybe you received a few too many Echo Dots during the holidays, and you have an extra one lying around? Or, maybe you’ve decided you want to switch over to Google Home? If you want to just get rid of your device altogether, there are a few places where you can sell your old Echo Dot online. Sites where you can buy and sell tech, like Swappa, are a good option, as well as auction sites like eBay or yard sale sites and apps like Letgo. On Swappa, a third-gen Dot typically sells for somewhere in the $24 to $28 range.

If selling or trading in your old Dot doesn’t suit you, you can also donate your device to a store like Goodwill. You may be able to use the fair market value of the device as a tax write-off, which can be beneficial during tax season.

Looking to buy another smart speaker this year? Check out our price predictions for Amazon Echo deals for Prime Day 2020.

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