How to Delete Alexa History

Virtual assistants are great as they provide convenience and functionality to your life. Alexa is a virtual assistant AI technology developed by Amazon that is used in its Amazon Echo smart speakers and other compatible products.

Amazon’s voice assistant feature received severe criticism when police started asking Amazon to turn over data sent from an Alexa-powered Amazon Echo speaker. Many users unplugged Alexa, and some people even threw it away in fear that their conservations are being continuously recorded.

If you’re worried that Alexa might be holding onto your conversations longer than it should, then there’s great news for you. You can keep your Echo device and have the ability to delete the conversations Amazon Echo speakers might have recorded. In fact and perhaps ironically,  you can delete all the conversations with the sound of your own Alexa voice recordings.

Users criticized Amazon for being unable to delete their conversations with the device, and Amazon has listened. Amazon has also launched updates to its Alexa Privacy Hub that provides explanations on Alexa privacy controls as well as access to its settings.

The constant fear about Alexa listening to your conversations and sending those private conversations to Amazon is experienced by many Echo users. Amazon’s VP of public policy, Brian Huseman, confirmed expectations about how long the company keeps Alexa voice recordings to improve Alexa voice assistant in separate storage systems after deleting them, “We retain customers’ voice recordings and transcripts until the customer chooses to delete them,” he has said. 

That’s worrisome, so let’s learn how to remove your voice recordings right now:

How to Delete Alexa History of Conversations with Your Voice

Amazon makes it easier than ever before for you to delete Alexa recordings you’ve had with Alexa. If you don’t want Alexa keeping a recording of what you’ve said, just make use of the voice control that erases everything you’ve said that particular day.

Say, “Alexa, delete everything I said today.” By doing so, anything that’s recorded between midnight and the moment you give that command will be instantly erased. However, to make use of this feature, you’ll have to enable it by heading over to the settings. Here’s the process:

  •         Open the Alexa app, go to Settings.
  •         Select Alexa Account
  •         Select Alexa Privacy
  •         Select Review Voice History
  •         Toggle on the “Enable Deletion by Voice” feature

To delete your last request made to the voice assistant, just say, “Alexa, delete what I just said,” and it’ll automatically delete the last voice data request you made to Alexa.

How to Switch On Auto-delete for Alexa Recordings

You can arrange your Alexa history to delete your voice automatically. Here’s the process:

  •         In the Alexa app, go to Settings Alexa Privacy.
  •         Select Manage Your Alexa Data
  •         Under the ‘Manage your voice recordings’ option, you can use the ‘Automatically delete recordings’ toggle to make your recordings delete after a 3 or 18 months date range.

How to Delete Alexa History

If you don’t trust Amazon with your conversations, you can delete voice recordings. However, keep in mind that by deleting the history, you’re essentially erasing the AI’s specialized memory, which uses that information to better serve you.

In any case, here’s how to delete your Alexa history and delete recordings:

  1. Open the Alexa app on your smartphone and tap the “Menu” button to open the sidebar. Select Settings.
  2. Select Alexa Privacy
  3. Select Review of Voice History. Here you can enable and disable voice commands for deleting voice recordings and see audio recordings retained by your device
  4. Select a recording
  5. Select Delete Selected Recordings. If you want to scrub Alexa clean of all recordings, tap Today, select All History, and tap Delete All Recordings for All History. Your recordings will be deleted in this time period.

Contact Amazon

You can also contact Amazon customer service at (888) 280-4331 to make a formal request to do it for you too.

You’ve now successfully deleted your Alexa history. You can use the same method for any other Alexa device that you might have at your office or home.

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Ather Owais Ather Owais is a tech and cybersecurity enthusiast. He is a strong advocate for online privacy and security, following technological trends and their impact on today's digital era.

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