Since she was launched by Amazon back in 2014, the voice-activated AI virtual assistant called Alexa has been a useful addition to many homes.
Along with the Echo smart speaker, this cloud based digital assistant has helped many smart home owners. It helps to stay safe, organized, educated, informed, and entertained.
There is no doubt that in seven years of existence Alexa has been a huge success. But then privacy violation concerns have been a major issue with Alexa and the Amazon Echo device.
The big brother question arose when people realized that their Amazon Echo device picks up on everything said. And that Amazon records this information.
While some could care less about Amazon voice recording all that they say in their home, others see the Amazon actions as a privacy intrusion.
In their defense, Amazon states that the recordings serve as a point of reference in helping them to improve on their smart speaker range of products.
Still, there is an easy way to keep using Alexa and the Amazon Echo device while protecting your privacy at the same time.
If you belong to the school of thought that believes in strictly keeping all manner of discussions in your home private, then this post is for you.
You will learn how to delete Alexa recordings by wiping out Alexa history and preventing Amazon from having access to your conversations.
The trick to this is in turning off the recording setting and deleting any previous recordings from Alexa history.
How do you turn off your Alexa Recording?
From the moment your Alexa wake word is mentioned, your Amazon Echo device will start recording all that you say. This is because the recording setting of the device is set on active by default.
If the recording setting of your Amazon Echo device is on, Amazon would be able to access everything you say in your home.
Follow the six steps below to turn off the default amazon voice recording setting of your Amazon Echo.
- First of all, you need to launch the Alexa app on your smartphone or tablet.
- Secondly, tap on the "Menu" tab. Then scroll to "Settings" and tap on that option. Note that the "Menu" tab is represented by three dots arranged horizontally and located to the top-left hand corner on the app.
- Tap on the "Alexa Privacy" option under "Settings".
- When you open "Alexa Privacy", tap on the "Manage how your data improves Alexa" option.
- Toggle off the buttons that can be seen next to the option labeled "Help develop new features".
- Also toggle off the buttons that appear next to the option labeled "Use messages to improve transcriptions." You will be prompted by a notification from Alexa when you toggle off all the buttons.
The Alexa notification that appears will state "If you turn this off, new features may not work well for you".
While this may seem like a scary message, ignore it and tap on the Turn Off button.
How do you Delete your Alexa History all at once?
If you newly acquired your Alexa digital assistant, then turning off the default recording setting should be all you need to do.
But, if you have been using Alexa for a while now, then you should know that you more than likely have recordings on your Amazon Echo device.
To gain complete control of your privacy, you will need to delete your Alexa history, all your amazon voice recordings.
Alexa history is where everything you have said in the presence of Alexa is stored. But not to worry, you can delete your Alexa history today by following the five steps highlighted below.
- Launch Alexa on your smartphone then tap on the "Menu" tab.
- Once in the "Menu" tab, tap on the "Settings" option then select "Alexa Privacy."
- Tap on the "Review Voice History" option which opens up a list of your Alexa commands dating back to when you started using the virtual assistant.
- You can either choose the recordings that you want deleted or you can simply tap the "Date Range" to open a drop-down menu.
- Tap the "All History" option from this drop-down menu then the "All Recordings for All History" option to delete all your recorded history.
Note that when you tap this option you will be prompted by Alexa with a notification.
This notification indicates that by deleting your Alexa history you "may degrade your experience." Ignore this message and tap on the Yes button to delete your Alexa history.
Deleting Alexa Recording on a Web Browser
Deleting Alexa recordings on a web browser is just as effective as deleting recordings on the app. Follow these three steps and you are good to go.
- Go online to www.amazon/myx and Sign in. Visit your Amazon Device then go to the Content page.
- Next, select the "Devices" tab which opens a drop-down menu list showing different devices. Locate and select your Amazon Echo device.
- Once you have found your device, click the box beside it and then click the option labeled "Delete Voice Recordings." You will be prompted by a message, but you should hit the "Delete" button once more to delete the Alexa recording.
Deleting your Alexa Recordings using Voice Command
You can command Alexa to delete a recording by voice activation. This saves you the stress of having to delete recordings manually via the app or Web browser. Here are the steps you should follow to make this possible;
- Launch your Alexa app.
- Tap on the "Menu" tab and then "Settings."
- Then, Tap on the "Alexa Privacy" option.
- Tap on the "Review Voice History."
- Toggle on the "Enable deletion by voice " option. When you toggle on this option you will see a pop-up prompt that informs you on what voice commands you can use in deleting recordings.
- Tap on the "Enable" button and you are all done.
Your Alexa virtual assistant and Amazon Echo device are useful additions to your home. Yet, you should take action now if you do not like the idea of a third-party having access to whatever you have said in the privacy of your home.
Follow the different steps for deleting Alexa recordings via your app, browser or voice command provided in this post. You will be on the right path of protecting your privacy.
If you need more information on this topic, feel free to drop your enquiries and comments in the box below.
Does alexa record everything you say?
Yes, it records everything you say to it.
Is alexa always listening?
No, only if you mention alexa to listen to you.