Amazon Alexa keeps records of what you say—here's how to delete them
It only takes a few clicks to get rid of the recordings.
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From kitchen countertops to cars and headphones, Amazon's Alexa is everywhere these days. It’s easy to lean on the world’s most popular smart assistant because of the convenience she offers. You can ask her to turn on the lights, set up a video call with a friend, and much, much more.
While you’re busy inviting Alexa into the most personal parts of your life, she's busy making recordings of your private information. That's why you may want to take control by deleting your Alexa voice recordings regularly. By following the steps in our guide, you can keep Amazon out of your chats with Alexa. But first, some background on just why Alexa records you in the first place.
What are Alexa voice recordings used for?
Each time you say "Alexa" (or whatever your wake word of choice happens to be), Amazon might be listening. However, the company says the wake word and the command or question that follows is the only part that’s being recorded.
This is all to help Alexa get smarter, but this may leave some smart home users feeling a bit uneasy. While Amazon points out that an “extremely small fraction of voice recordings are manually reviewed,” the recordings have been mismanaged in the past, including a few horror stories, so it doesn’t hurt to take precautions.
How to delete your Amazon Alexa voice recordings
- Open the Amazon Alexa app.
- Tap the upper left corner to open the Settings menu.
- Select Alexa Privacy > Review Voice History.
- Choose the date range you want to delete from the dropdown menu.
- Tap Delete All Recordings under the dropdown menu.
- Click "Yes" to confirm the deletion of your Alexa voice recordings.
Other ways to manage your Alexa voice recordings
While you’re in the Alexa Privacy section, scroll down to the Manage Your Alexa Data area. Here, you can choose to have your Alexa voice recordings automatically deleted every three months, 18 months, or stored until you delete them.
For hands-free deletion on an Alexa-enabled device, you can say things like, “Alexa, delete what I just said” or “Alexa, delete everything I said today.”
Also in this data section, you can turn off the Alexa voice recordings feature once and for all. However, doing so may hinder your user experience a bit when it comes to using Alexa’s voice recognition capabilities and accessing new features from working properly.