Reboot or reset?
The difference seems obvious but perhaps it is convenient that we review both concepts well in order to fully understand what we are talking about at all times.
And is that many times the term restart is used as a synonym for reset, which can lead to confusion:
- Restart: it is simply a matter of turning off the equipment and turning it on again, like when you do it with your phone because something is wrong. Sometimes it may be the only thing the Echo needs to keep working, if you see that something is not working as it should or is not responding. Simply unplug the device’s power adapter from the power outlet and plug it back in. The settings will remain intact.
- Reset or reset: It’s all about going back to the factory settings of the gadget as if you were taking it out of the box for the first time. All your settings will disappear and you will start from scratch. Use it if you find that the reset has not worked or in case you are going to get rid of the speaker.
Delete an Echo through the Alexa app
As we have anticipated, there are two ways to reset an Amazon smart speaker to zero, one of them being through the Alexa app on your mobile phone. The result is the same as if you did it manually: you will erase any existing configuration on the device, leaving it completely clean, as if you took it out of the box for the first time.
In case you want to do it this way, the steps to follow They are very simple and we detail them below:
- Grab your smartphone (either with Android or an iPhone) and open the Alexa app.
- Tap the Devices icon – in the bottom bar, the house icon.
- Once inside, select the first big button you see: “Echo and Alexa.”
- All the devices that you have associated with your account and the application will appear. Select the Echo that interests you.
- Scroll down to the penultimate option: «Cancel registration«. Tap on it.
- A warning message will appear that the device will be unregistered and if you want to continue. Tap on “Deregister”.
- The device will instantly disappear from the application and in a matter of seconds, Alexa will speak to you from the Echo advising you that it is going to reset while emitting an orange light. The process will take about a minute.
- Once the “reset” is complete, Alexa will speak in several languages again, inviting you to download the Alexa app and register. The device will then be reset.
Manually reset your Amazon Echo
The other way you have to reset an Amazon Echo device is manually, that is, by pressing a specific combination of physical buttons (or only one if it is a recent version) on your computer. Obviously each speaker is different, so the buttons that you must activate are different. We are going to list them all and explain where to play in each case.
The Echo Dot have already passed through several generations (and designs), so we detail below the brief actions to be carried out in each model. In all of them there is always one detail in common: the activation of the orange light, which indicates that the speaker has entered setup mode.
4th generation Echo Dot
The most modern Echo of all, shaped like a ball, has four physical buttons on its surface. To reset it you have to press the “Action”, which is shaped like a point:
- Press and hold the Action button for about 25 seconds.
- The lower light ring will turn orange.
- After that it will turn off, turn blue, turn off again, and then turn orange again. Clever.
This procedure is of course applicable to the version of the Echo Dot 4th Gen with clock.
3rd Gen Echo Dot
In this Echo there is also an «Action» button with a dot icon at the top:
- Press that button for about 20-25 seconds until the speaker’s light ring turns orange.
- After that, it will turn off, turn blue and again return to orange, indicating that they are already in configuration mode.
2nd Gen Echo Dot
On the 2nd gen Echo, you will need to press the microphone top button and the volume down button for about 20-25 seconds, until the orange speaker light turns on. Then you have to wait for said lighting to turn blue for a few seconds and orange again.
1st generation Echo Dot
It is the least likely you will have at home, but just in case, we also include it in the list. This Echo, unlike its siblings, has a dedicated mini “button” for resetting, the typical hole in the lower part of the device that you must press with a thin and sharp object. Hold it down for a few seconds until the Echo glows orange. Then it will turn blue, turn off, and turn back on (orange).
Echo and Echo Plus
These two speakers so similar to each other have a similar way of being reset by those of us who have grouped them under the same group, differentiating only the available generations.
Echo 3rd and 4th generation
On both the third and fourth generation of Echo speakers, what you have to do is the following:
- Press the dot-shaped button (it’s the Action button) and hold it for 25 seconds.
- The light ring will begin to flash orange and then turn off.
- The light will turn on, turn blue, then orange, and then the device will enter setup mode.
2nd generation Echo and Echo Plus
In both cases it will be the microphone and volume down buttons that come into play. You will already be imagining the procedure:
- Press both at the same time for about 20 seconds.
- Wait for the light ring (orange) to turn off and turn on again.
In case of having this equipment, the most expensive speaker in the Amazon catalog, you have to take into account that the buttons are slightly different in their arrangement but that the keys to be pressed are the same. Therefore:
- You have to hold down the buttons lower volume Y turn off the microphone for about 20 seconds.
- The light ring will turn orange.
- Keep holding down and wait for the light ring to turn off and turn orange again.
Echo Spot and Echo Show
Both the Echo Spot and the Echo Show models have a screen, so getting to the restoration options is quite simple and intuitive, since they involve navigating through their menu until you find the option you want.
Already have a Spot with its small round screen or a Echo Show 5, 8 or 10, The steps to follow are those:
- Swipe up on the screen (in the case of the Spot) or down (in the case of the Show) and display the equipment shortcut bar.
- Tap the gear icon “Setting” .
- Scroll until you find “Device Options”. Touch and enter.
- Scroll all the way back to the bottom until “Restore default settings” is displayed.
- Tap on this option and get ready to reset it.
If you prefer to use your voice, you can also substitute points 1 and 2 with a command, saying “Alexa, go to settings”, which will take you directly to point 3 that we describe and from there you will have to manually follow through the screen.
Everything explained. Now you just have to put it into practice.
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