How To Reset A Nespresso Machine (Guide For Popular Models)

Have you been running into some issues with the Nespresso machine that you’ve got at home? If so, it’s likely that you’ll need to reset your Nespresso machine.  

No matter the model of the Nespresso you've got, in this guide, we'll provide you with everything you need to know about resetting your Nespresso and more.  

It's likely you'd need to reset your Nespresso machine to restore factory settings if you run into any of the following issues:  

  • 1
    Not a fan of the current customization you've got 
    If you went all-in when customizing your drink and would like to change its settings, you'll need to go ahead and reset Nespresso machine to factory settings.  
  • 2
    Run into issues  
    Perhaps you've got difficulty removing the coffee capsule or used pods, your machine is having an error, or you’ve got alert LED lights staying on. In these instances, you’d need to reset your Nespresso back to factor settings.  
  • 3
    After you've descaled your Nespresso machine and the water tank, it’s always a good idea to reset it back to factory settings.  
  • 4
    Change of settings 
    If you simply just want to change your Nespresso coffee machine settings or experiment with something different, you'd also need to reset your Nespresso. 

    Resetting to factory settings is simple and doesn’t take much effort, so you'd be able to do so at any time with minimal effort.  
How To Reset A Nespresso Machine (Guide For Popular Models)

How To Reset Nespresso Machines? (Easy Steps For All Models)

General Guide For Nespresso Machines 

Luckily, resetting your Nespresso to factory settings is not an overly complicated process.

While each model has slightly different instructions for resetting, it's largely the same. Below is a general guide on how to go about resetting your Nespresso.  

  • 1
    Eject coffee capsules  
    Go ahead and eject any used coffee pods from your machine before you attempt a factory reset.  
  • 2
    Turn off your machine  
    Before doing your reset to factory settings, it's important that you turn the machine off.

    That's not to say that you should unplug your Nespresso. Instead, simply let it rest for a few minutes after you’ve brewed your coffee before turning it off.  
  • 3
    Begin the reset  
    To begin with resetting your Nespresso to factory settings, go ahead and press and hold the "lungo" button on your device.

    The "lungo” buttons are characterized by the button with the larger cup size. Press and hold it for about five seconds until you see the buttons blinking.  
  • 4
    After you press and hold the "lungo” button for about five seconds or so, go ahead and release the button and let the machine do its thing.

    Once the buttons are no longer in blinking mode and you can see a consistent light, the reset to factory settings is complete.  
  • 5
    Adjust your settings 
    Just because you have a reset Nespresso back to factory settings doesn't mean you should go ahead and brew coffee right away.

    Resetting your Nespresso implies that it's gone back to the default settings.  

You'll need to adjust the settings when you enter menu mode and customize them according to your needs after you've gone back to factory settings mode.

Otherwise, you'd end up with a weird cup of coffee that's not to your liking.  

You'll also need to give it a few minutes after you've restored factory settings as the machine heats up. 

Most other Nespresso Originaline Machines are all pretty much the same, but a few of the Nespresso models have features like a milk jug for milk foam, and more specific instructions to consider 

Nespresso Vertuo 

  1. 1
    The first step is to leave the lever in an unlocked position on the machine head. 
  2. 2
    Instead of holding the button, you'll need to quickly push the coffee button five times.  
  3. 3
    If your machine is resetting, you'll see the button blink five times slowly. 

Nespresso Vertuo Next  

The Nespresso Vertuo Next reset is similar to a Nespresso Vertuo. 

  1. 1
    You'll press the top coffee button quickly five times. 
  2. 2
    Then, the light will turn orange and the orange light will flash five times before flashing to a steady white light. 
  3. 3
    Once you see the white light, the reset is complete and it's restored to factory settings. You can then enter menu mode to set it up. 

Nespresso Vertuo Evoluo 

  1. 1
    Similar to the Nespresso Vertuo Next, press the button five times quickly. 
  2. 2
    Then, you'll see the button blink orange five times to confirm that the Nespresso has been reset.  

Nespresso Inissia  

With the Nespresso Inissia, you’ll follow the general Nespresso reset instructions.  

  1. 1
    Press and hold the "lungo” button for five seconds. 
  2. 2
    The lights will then blink before showing a consistent light. 
  3. 3
    Once the light is steady, you can go ahead and brew yourself a cup of coffee. 

Nespresso Citiz 

  1. 1
    Similar to the Nespresso Inissia, go ahead and hold down the “lungo” button, and wait for the lights to blink. 
  2. 2
    Once the blinking has stopped and it shows a steady light, your Nespresso Citiz is good to go. 

Nespresso Essenza Mini 

  1. 1
    Similar to the above, you’ll go ahead and press your “lungo” button on the Essenza mini for about five seconds or so. 
  2. 2
    After the lights have blinked and are steady and good to go, you can go ahead and use your Nespresso Essenza Mini machine. 

Nespresso Lattissima One  

  1. 1
    The Nespresso Lattissima Touch is slightly different in that you’ll need to place the hot milk jug to the side. 
  2. 2
    Instead of the "lungo” button, you’ll press the milk button for three seconds.
  3. 3
    After you let go of the milk button you'll see the alert lights start to blink.
  4. 4
    Go ahead and press the milk button on the Lattissima One again. After it blinks, press the milk button one more time to confirm that the factory reset is complete.
nespresso virtuo coffee machine after reset

Resetting Nespresso Machine After Descaling

Resetting your Nespresso after descaling could differ depending on the model that you’ve got. Generally speaking, however, to exit descaling mode, you'll proceed with the following steps:  

  1. 1
    Hold the button for at least seven seconds. 
  2. 2
    Once the button stops blinking and becomes steady, the descaling process is complete 
  3. 3
    Wait for the machine to dry for at least 10 minutes after the factory reset before using it. 

Once that's complete, go ahead and proceed with resetting your Nespresso (as per the steps mentioned earlier).

It is important to go into reset mode after descaling just so you know that your Nespresso Originalline machine (or other coffee maker model) has completely exited the descaling process and is fully restored to factory settings.   

Once you've reset to factory settings, turn the machine on and give it a few minutes as the machine heats up.

You should then be able to press and hold whatever cup size button you like to make the coffee of your choice.

nespresso original after reset

Frequently Asked Nespresso Machine Questions

Why is my Nespresso machine still blinking after descaling? 

It could mean that your Nespresso has yet to completely exit descaling mode or that your device has run into an issue.

If it persists, you should turn the machine off, unplug it for a few minutes, plug it back in, and proceed with resetting your Nespresso.  

Why is my Nespresso not working after descaling? 

It does happen occasionally, whether it be your Nespresso still in the midst of the descaling process or something else.

If it persists, go ahead and reset your Nespresso to see if it assists with rectifying the issue.  


Descaling and resetting your machine to factory settings can solve almost all the issues you can have with your Nespresso and whether you have a basic Nespresso U machine, or a more complicated model - resetting them is a piece of cake. 

Hopefully this guide has shown you how to enter reset mode easily, and you'll have a delicious cup of coffee in no time at all.

Karmy Widjaja


Karmy Widjaja
Karmy Widjaja, holding a degree in Hospitality Administration, combines her academic background with a profound passion for the world of coffee. Her work is enriched with a wealth of insights, not only about the art of coffee making but also about the broader aspects of the coffee industry. Her quest for coffee perfection is a central theme in her engaging articles, as she continues to explore the vibrant coffee scene in Perth. And when it's time for a coffee break? Karmy's all about a laid-back flat white with almond milk – it's her go-to for a tasty coffee kick.

My favorite drink? I'd go with... flat white with almond milk.

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2 thoughts on “How To Reset A Nespresso Machine (Guide For Popular Models)”

  1. I’ve had the same issue with my nespresso essenza mini. Ended up buying a new machine. Will be afraid to descale the new one

  2. I have a nepresso breviile creatista coffee machine. I have descaled it now twice but it won’t go out if descaling setting. Have turned it off at the wall and 20 minutes later turned it back on. Still flashing to descale and can’t get out of it. What is the next step. How can I reset the machine when it won’t let me out of desaling mode?

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