With all the heat Amazon received recently regarding employee’s listening to private Alexa recordings, the company has finally started to take some action to make it easy to delete Alexa recordings. It’s cringeworthy to think that Amazon’s teams are sharing files when they come across an amusing recording.
New Alexa Voice Commands
As of yesterday, when you say “Alexa, delete everything I said today,” all of your recordings for that day will be deleted. Until now, had to use the app to delete Alexa recordings one by one. Or go through Amazon’s website in order to delete every recording at once. Amazon is finally offering an easier solution to deleting the recordings.
Amazon has also noted that the command “Alexa, delete what I just said,” is in the works as well to delete individual recordings.
The recordings are used to improve the accuracy of voice recognition, skills and other features. But it can be really unsettling knowing people are sitting around listening to your private conversations. According to Amazon, deleting the recordings could have a negative impact on the quality of how your Alexa runs. But knowing my personal conversations weren’t made public is well worth having to tell Alexa something twice.
How To Delete Alexa Recordings
To enable deletion by voice go to Settings > Alexa Account > Alexa Privacy > Review Voice History in the Alexa app or https://www.amazon.com/alexaprivacysettings. When enabled, anyone with access to your Alexa-enabled devices can ask Alexa to delete voice recordings from your account.
You can review voice recordings associated with your account and delete those voice recordings one by one or all at once by visiting Settings > Alexa Account > Alexa Privacy in the Alexa app or https://www.amazon.com/alexaprivacysettings. You can delete those voice recordings all at once for each of your Alexa-enabled products by visiting Manage Your Content and Devices.
Tips For Keeping Alexa Out Of The Conversation
If deleting recordings sounds like too much work, then try some of these tips for keeping Alexa out of your private conversations.
1. Opt Out
Increase your privacy settings on Alexa by opting out of the “Help Develop New Features” and “Use Messages To Improve Transcriptions”. These settings allow Amazon to use your recordings for research purposes.
2. Set Up Alerts For When Your Device is Listening
To know when Alexa is listening to you, set up audible alerts. They will let you know when the device has been triggered. To set up this function on Alexa, in the Alexa app go to “Settings” and “Pick a Device”. Then, choose “Sounds” and go to the “Request Sounds” section. Then, turn on start and end of request sounds.
3. Hit The Mute Button
Alexa has a mute button that will turn off the recordings. If you want to speak in private and don’t want to risk triggering your Alexa or Echo, turn on your mute button. While this may be inconvenient, as you would have to unmute her every time you would want to use the device for voice commands, it would keep Alexa out of your private conversations.
For more tips on keeping Alexa Out Of The Conversations, check this out.
Alexa, Our Friend
While it’s really unnerving knowing people are listening to your private conversations, you haven’t unplugged your Alexa. That’s because at the end of the day Alexa is our friend. She makes our lives a lot easier and more fun. She tells us the weather, knows what kind of music we like to listen to. And we can even place our orders on Amazon Prime. Now that you know how to delete Alexa recordings, you can be sure she’s not gossiping about you to her friends back at Amazon.
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