There are good reasons to factory reset your Amazon Echo. Here is how to do it.



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Resetting your Amazon Echo is not difficult, but you should know where to start.

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you I just bought a new Amazon Echo And now you plan to sell your old one online. Or maybe your Echo device has stopped responding and you need to restore it. That means deleting any personal information that you have saved on your device, from voice purchase settings to your personal calendar. To do this correctly, you will need to reset your Amazon Echo to your factory settings.

Depending on the Amazon Echo device you have, the way you reset it may be different, so if you don’t know what generation of the device you own, you’ll need to resolve it. the 2014 original echo it only has two buttons, while the Echo second generation (2017) and Echo of the latest third generation (2019) It has four buttons. Here’s how to reset each type.


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First-generation Amazon Echo: Locate the reset button on the bottom of the Echo speaker. Then use the end of a clip to hold the button down for 5 seconds. The light ring on the device will turn orange and rotate, which means it was successfully reset.

Second-generation Amazon Echo: This Echo speaker does not have a reset button; you just need to hold down the Microphone and Volume Down buttons until the light ring turns orange. This generally takes around 20 seconds. The light ring will turn on and off again with a rotating orange light, which means it has restarted.

Third-generation Amazon Echo: On this device you only need to press the Action button. That’s the button with the dot in the center. Hold down for 25 seconds or until the light ring flashes with a rotating orange light to show that it has reset.

Please note that you should only reset your device if you are no longer going to use it, or as a last-ditch effort to fix the problem. A factory reset will completely erase your data. If you’re having problems with your Echo device it doesn’t work properly, you should try to reset it first unplug it from the wall and plug it back in to see if a partial reset will fix your problem.

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