Devices that support Amazon Alexa have completely changed the way we interact with smart homes, friends, family, and even ourselves. One of Alexa’s most impressive skills is her ability to understand users and remember their preferences through voice commands issued by Alexa household members.
The stored recordings are the basis for you to get the most proficient Alexa experience, but not all users are satisfied with Amazon’s continuous recording of their conversations with smart devices, which is completely understandable.
Fortunately, there is a process to delete your stored conversations from Alexa’s history and restore your heart and privacy. Our guide will guide you through the process.
Step (1): Open the Alexa App
- Open the Alexa app and log in with your Amazon account password if necessary. If you have never used the Alexa app before, or have been using it for a long time, then Alexa may first provide you with a quick setup process.
- It only takes about one minute to pass. When you reach the main screen, browse down the options at the bottom, and select Show more three-line icons to access the full menu.
- Depending on the device used, the interface may look a little different, but this option is still available.
- Here, browse the menu options to find the “Alexa Privacy” section and select it.
Step (2): Sort and browse your recent Alexa History
- The “Alexa Privacy” section will provide you with several different options to view sensitive information collected by Alexa.
- You may want to spend some time here. But for this particular task, you will start with “Reviewing Voice History“. This will open a new screen with all the Alexa conversations you have recorded.
- At the top of the screen, you will see an option to change the date range or filter by the device. You can choose to view today’s commands, yesterday’s commands, etc. to view the entire history.
- If you really want to clear all records, you need to select “All History“. This will show all your conversations with Alexa when they occurred, and on what device.
Step (3): Delete specific parts of history
- When you check the recording, you will find some conversations, such as “Alexa, will it snow today?” But other recordings say: “Text is not available-audio is not suitable for Alexa.“
- These recordings will answer your questions on Alexa After listening to the conversation for a second or nearby it sounds like it happened when someone said “Alexa”, but the voice assistant determined that no one was actually talking to it.
- When Alexa hears something that sounds like her wake word on the TV or radio, there are other false wakes.
- You can click on these recordings to play them and see their meaning if you are curious.
- On the left side of each record, you will see a check box. Select the check box for each record you want to delete.
- Then, go to the top and choose “Delete selected records” to delete them all. It’s also a good idea to manually enable “Enable voice deletion“,
Step (4): If needed, delete the entire history at once
- If you don’t want to spend time reviewing all recordings, or don’t care about the content of the recordings at all, you can delete all recordings without reviewing them.
- Just look at the top of the “View Voice History” menu and select “Delete all recordings from all history“.
- You can also delete the entire history from your computer without going to the Alexa app. Just go to Amazon’s “Manage Your Content and Devices” website, log in to the Alexa privacy settings, and make sure you are in the “Devices” tab.
- Here, you will see all the devices connected to that Amazon account. Select an Alexa device and look under the device name to see the option to delete the voice record.
- Select this option and Amazon will pop up a quick warning screen.
- Select Delete and you will receive a message stating that your delete request has been received.
Avoid unnecessary Alexa recordings
When you know that the more you use Alexa, the more they will accumulate, deleting records may not be very effective. However, there are some ways to solve this permanent problem. First of all, you can enable the automatic Alexa deletion function, which is very convenient if you are concerned about privacy issues.
You can find this option in the Alexa privacy section. Look for the link to “Manage Alexa Data” and enable the option that says “Automatically delete records.” In this way, you can select a period of time to keep the voice recording, and then automatically delete it.
You will also see the “Enable voice deletion” toggle on this screen. Once enabled, you can use voice commands to make Alexa-enabled devices delete your Alexa recordings.
You can say things like “Alexa, delete what I just said” or “Alexa, delete what I said today”. Please note that when this option is enabled, anyone with access to your Alexa device will be able to delete recordings.
You can also take a more direct approach, just turn off Alexa from time to time. There is a mute button on the top of the echo device, which will turn off the microphone and turn the Alexa ring indicator to red until you unmute it again.
You can also choose to completely unplug the Alexa device, so you cannot listen. These are common solutions for people working from home with Alexa devices installed at home or desks or computers, but they do need to ensure privacy in web meetings, team calls, and other conversations that contain professional information.
A final note on deleting Alexa Recordings
Deleting Alexa recordings is an important part of your privacy, and Alexa recordings have been prosecuted before, although so far, this type of matter is not of high priority. We know if you don’t want to put your recordings in the cloud.
However, deleting messages has an important caveat: Alexa uses your recordings to help improve the accuracy of its listening features. In other words, the more you communicate with Alexa, the smarter it will be to recognize voices and understand your words.
After deleting all recordings, you will get rid of Alexa’s voice memory, so Alexa may have more trouble recognizing commands. This is a small price, but it is worth noting. You can always use a new voice command to establish recognition again.