Amazon Alexa, like Apple’s Siri and Google Assistant, stores all your voice commands on its servers. However, Amazon Alexa is known to share private conversations of its users in the past. Of course, it is unofficially confirmed to be a bug, but nobody likes to get spied on in his own house, right?
If you are serious about your privacy, then you must wipe those voice recordings. Though you cannot command “Alexa, stop spying.” yet, Amazon does provide certain methods to delete them, which I am going to share below.
Why delete the recordings?
Alexa gets awaken when you say its trigger word, so it keeps listening to your conversations to pick up the trigger word whenever you say it. The issue with its always-on, always-listening mode is that it listens to everything.
Occasionally, it may misunderstand your conversations to think that you said the trigger word and it may awaken itself to listen to your further commands. If you think it may not harm your privacy, then let me share an example.
In Portland, a family experienced the exact issue. Their Alexa misunderstood their conversations to pick up the trigger word and further picked up their talks for commands. And the result: it sent the recordings of their discussions to a random person on their contact list. You don’t want that, right?
Delete the recordings
Now that you understand the risks involved with your voice commands getting stored by Alexa, let’s see how to delete those recordings to help you claim back your privacy. Do note that these recordings are used to improve the experience, and if you remove them, you may degrade your experience while using Alexa.
Delete recordings one-by-one
Let’s say you are okay with your voice commands being stored on the servers. However, if you wish to delete some recordings which may invade your privacy, then you can follow the below steps to remove those specific recordings.
- Open Alexa, then its menu, and choose Settings.
- Scroll down to the section “General“, then choose History.
- Choose a recording from the list, then select the option “Delete voice recordings” to delete it. This action will delete the audio file as well as the home screen card related to the deleted recording. Please note that if you wish to listen to it before deleting it, click Play after selecting it.
Delete recordings all-at-once
If you care about your privacy and plan to delete all the voice recordings stored by Amazon Alexa, then please follow the below steps. Do note that this is a one-time action, which will degrade your experience while using Alexa.
- Open Amazon in a web browser and log in to your account.
- Now open this link: Manage Your Content and Devices.
- Select the tab named “Your Devices“.
- Choose your device from the list of devices shown in your account. Do remember to choose the correct device else you will delete the voice recordings of a wrong device that is linked to your account.
- Choose “Manage voice recordings“, then select Delete.
That is all about deleting the voice commands or recordings done by Amazon Alexa. How do you feel about voice control devices? Do you trust them for your privacy? Please leave a comment and tell me.
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