How to Reset an Amazon Echo

This step-by-step will guide you through the process

reset an Amazon Echo

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You spend a lot of time chatting with your Amazon Echo speakers. You might have them as your primary speaker or as a voice assistant. 

But Amazon Alexa knows so much about you and your life. So, that is precisely why you need to reset your Echo when you want to get rid of it. Why? Because you don’t want your private data to end up in the wrong hands. 

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Resetting your Amazon Echo – Step by Step Guide

When you are looking to deregister your Echo, you can de-link it from your Amazon account, which can then be linked to another. 



Deregistering your Amazon Echo

To get rid of your Amazon Echo, you must deregister and de-link it from your Alexa account. And for that, you have to go to your Alexa app and tap on Settings.

Then, tap on Device Settings. After that, you must remove that specific Amazon Echo device to disconnect and remove it.



Another way to deregister

Want to use your computer to deregister your Amazon Echo? You can visit Amazon’s website and sign into your account. After that, you will have to tap Accounts and Links and then scroll down to Digital Content and Devices.

From here, you can go to Manage Content and Devices that are registered or linked to your account. Just click on the Echo device that you are looking to reset and then scroll down to click on deregister.

There’s another option to remove all your voice recordings from your Amazon Echo.



Resetting your Amazon Echo

    For 1st generation devices, you need a pin or a paper clip. You can use it to press and hold that reset button located at your device’s base. You must keep it pressed until it turns off and then turns on again. As a result, you will see that the light ring will turn orange, and your Echo will enter its reset mode. After completing this process, your device is reset.

    For 2nd generation Echo, you must press and hold the mic off and volume down buttons simultaneously for about 20 seconds. After that, it will turn the light ring orange, and your device will enter its setup mode.

    For a 3rd generation Echo, you will only have to press and hold its Action button for about half a minute. The light ring will turn orange, and your device will reset.


      Resetting your Amazon Echo device is pretty simple, irrespective of your model. But you must reset your Echo before getting rid of it because it contains personal information about you that you keep away from prying eyes.  

      Kevin is the Editor of PC Guide. He has a broad interest and enthusiasm for consumer electronics, PCs and all things consumer tech - and more than 15 years experience in tech journalism.