In this guide, we explain how to delete your Alexa history. Which keeps in memory the recordings of all your conversations and interactions with the voice assistant. Whether you're using it on an Amazon Echo speaker, Sonos, or any other compatible device, here's how to clear your history.
Siri, Alexa, Google Assistant… Home voice assistants are designed to help us with our daily tasks. They can perform various and varied scenarios, start music, turn off the lights. And it is possible to interact directly with them by talking to them through special commands. Except that this poses thorny problems in terms of privacy since these conservations are kept in memory and sometimes listened to.
Amazon justifies this by citing the need to tweak the artificial intelligence in order to respond more relevantly to queries in the future. This "supervised machine learning" by a host of employees is far from unanimous on the consumer side. And this even if listening to these conversations helps to improve the tool. Some exchanges can also be mistakenly picked up by Alexa who believes that she has heard her name when this is not the case.
Private conversations can thus find their way into the ears of Amazon employees without your knowledge. Even if the data is anonymized, this is far from encouraging. Especially since it is possible that archived conversations are also used for advertising purposes. Apple is notably suspected of using Siri for this purpose. A class action lawsuit was also recently filed against Apple.
Do you use Alexa and want to erase your voice history? Here's how!
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Alexa: how to delete your voice history
- In the Alexa app, follow this path: Settings > Alexa and your personal information > See voice history.
- A filter allows you to display the records by period (today, yesterday, the last week, the last month, etc.).
- It is also possible to choose a specific period by defining a start and end date. Then check the records to delete.
Alexa: How to delete all voice history at once
- Still, it's best to access your account on a browser to delete everything all at once (if that's your goal).
- To do this, go to your Amazon account and click on Content and Devices under the Digital Content and Devices section.
- Then click on Alexa and then tap on Manage your voice recordings in the drop-down menu that appears.
- A dialog box opens. Confirm deleting your voice history by tapping Delete.
Finally, be aware that it is possible to automatically erase your Alexa voice history. To do this, go to the application then follow this path: Settings > Alexa and your personal information > Manage your Alexa data > Automatically delete recordings. It will then suffice to indicate for how long you wish to keep them (3 or 18 months) and then to confirm.
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