How to reboot your Amazon Echo

Amazon’s smart speakers are incredibly useful tools, allowing you to control your music, send texts and make calls, and even manage your smart home, all using the voice-activated Alexa. What about when you need to reboot Amazon Echo?

Maybe your speaker is acting up, not saving your preferences properly, or maybe you just bought a used one and want to start fresh.

Here’s a quick breakdown of what you’ll need to do to reboot Amazon Echo, Echo Dot, Echo Plus, or any Amazon Echo product without a screen.

Quick guide to reboot Amazon Echo

Reboot Amazon Echo Dot

As with all factory resets, make sure you’ve explored other options, as it deletes your settings and saved preferences. If you’re buying a used Echo, or selling yours, go straight to reset. Otherwise, you might want to try just turning it off and back on again.

If a full reboot is in order, here’s what to do:

  • Use a paper clip to press and hold the Reset button at the base of the device.
  • Wait for the light ring on your Echo device turns orange, and then blue, which will mean the device has reset.
  • Wait for the light ring to turn off completely and then come on again. When the light ring turns orange, your device will enter setup mode.
  • Open the Alexa app to connect your Echo to Wi-Fi and link it back up to your Amazon account.

Amazon doesn’t yet have an option for remotely resetting your Echo from the app, but we’re hoping to see that in the near future. If Amazon releases remote reset options, we’ll be sure to update this post.

Quick guide to reboot Amazon Echo Show and devices with a screen

The paper clip approach won’t work here as there’s no reset button, but you can reset your device, no troubles.

Again, if a full reboot is in order, here’s what to do:

  • Press and hold the Mute and Volume Down buttons until you see the Amazon logo. This will take 15 full seconds and feels like a long time, but hang in there.
  • Once the logo appears, the reset will happen. Then, follow the on-screen instructions to set up your device

Wrap up

Hopefully this post has walked you through the steps to fully reboot your Amazon Echo with or without a screen. Running into other issues? Check out our Amazon Echo and Alexa troubleshooting guide.

Have you run into any problems with this method? Is your Echo still acting up? Let us know in the comments and we’ll track down the fix to your problem.

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