We spend a lot of time talking to our Echo Dot speakers. Whether they serve as a primary smart speaker or an all-around magnificent voice assistant, we talk to Amazon Alexa about our personal preferences and information. When it’s time to get rid of your Dot, a factory reset of the speakers is essential. Why? You don’t want your private information to go with your Echo Dot.
Deleting your personal data is simple, and we are here to guide you through the process. Here’s a quick guide on how to properly reset your Echo Dot, so you can safely sell, trade or pass it on to the next owner.
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How to Factory Reset an Echo Dot
When you deregister your Dot, it removes the device from your Amazon account, and the Dot can then be registered to a new Amazon account.
Step 1: Sign out your Echo Dot
If you’re getting rid of your Dot, the first thing you’ll need to do is sign the device out of your Alexa account. To do this, go to the Alexa app and click on Settings > Device Settings
Click on the specific Echo Dot you want to unregister and click Sign Out.
Step 2: Another way to check out
If you’d rather use your computer to check out your point, you have that option as well. First, you’ll need to launch your web browser and go to amazon.com. If you are not yet signed in to your Amazon account, please do so first.
Then click on Accounts and connectionsand then scroll down to Digital content and devices > Content and device management. Click at the top of the next page Devices. You will see a gallery of all Amazon devices currently registered to you.
Click on the Point you want to cancel, scroll down and click Sign Out. There is also an option here to delete audio tracks from the Echo Dot.
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Reset your Echo Dot
Step 1: The first generation
If you have a first-generation Echo Dot, you need a paper clip or pin. Use a paper clip to press and hold the reset button (located on the bottom 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.
Step 2: Second generation
For second-generation Dots, you’ll need to press and hold Microphone off and Turn down the sound buttons at the same time for about 20 seconds. The light ring should turn orange and the device will then enter setup mode. This means that the reset is successful.
Step 3: The third generation
If you have a third-generation Echo Dot, the process is simple. You just need to press and hold action about 30 seconds. The light ring should then turn orange, indicating that the device has entered setup mode and the reset is complete.
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Replacing your old Echo Dot
Amazon’s trade-in store accepts some Echo devices. You can get up to $5 off the 3rd generation Echo Dot and the Echo Dot Kids Edition. Amazon is also offering a 25% bonus on any new eligible Echo device.
I’m selling my old Echo Dot
Maybe you got too many Echo Dots as gifts over the holidays and have some left over. Maybe you’ve heard good things about Google Home and want to try a completely different operating system. No matter why you’re getting rid of your Echo Dot, you’ll find an online audience waiting for a chance to buy one from you. Swappa is a website specifically designed for selling and buying tech items, while auction sites like eBay or Letgo are great options for selling just about anything. The third-generation Dot on Swappa retails for between $24 and $28.
If you don’t feel like trading or selling your dot, another option is to donate it to a thrift store like Goodwill. If you donate it, you can calculate the donation as a tax write-off using the retail price of your Dot, even if you donated an older model.
To buy another Dot model, you can check out our roundup of Amazon Echo deals.