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Delete an old Amazon Echo? Do this first



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Make sure to deregister and factory reset your Amazon Echo before removing it.

Ian Knighton / CNET

You recently updated to a new one Amazon Echo speakerbut your old one still has it lying around. Of course have multiple speakers in your home can be useful to unlock more Alexa features. If you prefer sell your older Echo device or give it to someone else, there are several steps to take.

Just hand in your device without it completely erasing your information or unsubscribing from your Amazon account could pose problems for you and the person receiving the speaker. For example, you probably don’t want to share your Prime benefits or let someone buy strange things with your account and credit card information.

Here’s what to do before your old ultrasound leaves your home.

Read more: New Amazon Echo? 5 Essential Tips You Should Know Now

Register your Echo speaker from your Amazon account

Before you hand over your Amazon Echo to the new owner, there are a few things to take care of. Registering the speaker of your account is step one. Here’s how to do it.

1. Open the Amazon Echo app and tap Appliances.

2. Select All devices and choose the Echo speaker you want to remove. For example, there may be Living Room Echo.

3. Scroll down where it is Registered at and tap Unsubscribe.

4. A window will appear asking if you are sure you want to deregister the device. Select Unsubscribe. Once you unsubscribe, the device will be removed from your Amazon account.

Factory reset your Amazon Echo

After you unsubscribe your Amazon Echo from your account, the next step is to reset it to factory settings. Here’s how to reset each type.

First Gen Amazon Echo (and Dot): Use the end of a paper clip to remove the reset button on the bottom of the Echo speaker. The light ring on the device will turn orange and start spinning, indicating that it has been reset correctly.

Amazon Echo (and Dot) of the second generation: Keep the Microphone off and Volume down buttons until the light ring turns orange.

Amazon Echo (and Dot) 3rd generation: Press on the Action button with the dot in the middle. Hold until the light ring pulses with a rotating orange light.

Amazon Echo Studio ($ 200 at Amazon): Keep the Microphone off and Reduce volume buttons until the light ring flashes orange and turns off and on again.

Amazon Echo Flex ($ 25 at Best Buy): Keep the Action button for 20 seconds, until the light flashes orange and then turns off and on again.

Amazon Echo Show ($ 230 at Amazon) (all three versions): Keep both Mute and Reduce volume buttons until the screen displays the Amazon logo.

That is it! Now your old Amazon Echo speaker can be registered on a new account.

For more Amazon Echo tips, here are five surprising music hacks to try with your Amazon Echo tonight. Also here are six Alexa settings you won’t regret and four best uses for Amazon Echo in your living room.


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