Reviewing your smart speakers listening habits: How to remove Amazon Alexa and Google Home voice recordings

Do you ever worry about how much data your Alexa or Google Home holds? learn how to delete your recording history…

 

Amazon Alexa and Google Home are two of the most popular choices of smart devices in the tech world. With them contributing to over 200 million smart speaker shipments recorded in 2019.

 

Maybe people are just looking for someone to talk too?

 

However, as time goes on and technology develops. Users have been becoming more and concerned with how much smart speakers listen. It seems absurd to think, but users are concerned that their devices are listening. When in fact, that is the primary reason for purchasing a smart audio device – for it to listen to your voice and respond.

 

Data is the main issue. How it is used and why it is stored are the main questions perplexing owners.

 

So being experts in all things technical. We’ve investigated how users can manage and review the voice data that your smart speakers are storing. Or more, where it’s being stored.

 

How to delete your data from your Amazon Alexa device?

Okay here’s the secret method. First, you need to have access to the Amazon Alexa App on a mobile device.

 

  1. Open the Amazon Alexa App
  2. Open up the menu and select ‘Settings’
  3. On this menu, select ‘Alexa Privacy’
  4. Now choose ‘Review Voice History’
  5. Now you can go through and select all the recordings you wish to delete
  6. Or Select the ‘Delete all recording for today option’

 

 

How to delete your data from your Google Home device?

 

  1. Go to google.com on desktop or mobile phone. If you have multiple Gmail accounts, make sure you’re signed into the one associated with your Google Home device.
  2. Click Filter by date & product
  3. Uncheck All Products
  4. Scroll down to Voice & Audio
  5. Click Voice & Audio, scroll back up
  6. Click the blue magnifying glass to search
  7. Now you can select each recording and delete using the 3 dots icon to the right-hand side

 

Once you remove your voice data, is it gone forever?

In the eyes of the users, yes. The voice recordings are gone and only by contacting the manufacturer and company are you able to retrieve them once they are gone.

 

But (inevitably) that means your voice data is never really gone. As the manufacturing company does have access to it, even when you delete it from your account.

 

Next steps?

If you would like any more information about how to protect your smart devices for your business, please give us a call on 02920 887 362 or send us an email us at info@excellence-it.co.uk

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