Delete Alexa History | How to delete Alexa History
Alexa is a fun and helpful digital home assistant. You can interact by voice, ask it to play music, make to-do lists, set alarms, stream podcasts, play audiobooks, provide weather, traffic, sports, news and the list goes on. It is also capable of controlling several smart devices using itself as a home automation system.
But did you know that all of your voice interactions are recorded and saved by Alexa? Well, it does so to use your data to improve the way Alexa understands you.
This is a common practice among the digital home assistants (including Siri)
The fact remains that Alexa does record everything. Do you want to check what you have asked Alexa, delete some of the questions, commands or inquiries? Do you want to stop Amazon to stop listening to your interactions altogether?
Here’s how you can delete Alexa history in various easy to understand ways.
How To Delete Alexa History By Voice Command
Amazon has now made a bit easier to delete Alexa history by a pair of voice commands, you can say “Alexa, delete everything I said today,” and it will delete all the recordings for the day or you can also say “Alexa, delete what I just said” to delete the last voice interaction.
To enable this function follow the following steps:-
1. Open Alexa application
2. Tap the hamburger icon and select ‘Settings’
3. Click on ‘Alexa Privacy’
4. Click on ‘Review Voice History’
5. Lastly, toggle ‘Enable deletion by voice’ to ON then confirm in the pop-up menu.
How To Delete Custom Alexa Recordings
Are you thinking about deleting a particular query you asked Alexa about a few days or weeks ago? Well, you can do just that. By replicating the following steps you can delete a specific query one by one.
- Open Alexa App and Select “Menu” from top left
- Tap “Settings” then tap “Alexa Account”
- Tap “History”, this shows you a list of every query you have asked Alexa. Find the query that you are interested in and tap it. You can listen to the recording too if you really want to listen that is and if you indeed want to get rid of any evidence whatsoever, tap “Delete Voice Recording”
Delete Alexa Voice Records From A Specific Data Range
Till Now we have learnt how to delete Alexa history by giving it a voice command and deleting specific Alexa history records but what if you want to delete queries you have asked Alexa a long time ago? Well, you can do that as well. Follow these steps
- Tap on Menu on top left of your Alexa Application
- Tap on “Settings”
- Tap on “Alexa Privacy”
- Tap on “Review Voice History”
- Tap on “Data Range”. This will open a drop down list consisting of different time periods. You can select any time period of your liking and Alexa will delete all the transcripts and recording within that time period.
How To Delete Alexa History From Your Web Browser
You are on your PC, MAC and don’t have access to Alexa application but you still want to delete Alexa history? It is just as fast and simple as the above methods. Just follow these steps
- Click on this link www.amazon.com/myx (for users outside India) and www.amazon.in/myx (for Indian users)
- Sign in (if you are not already)
- Click on “Devices”
- Click on your Echo
- Click on “Delete Voice Recordings”
- A pop-up will appear asking you to confirm the deletion of all your voice recordings
- If you really want to delete every recording , click on “Delete” again and voila! All your recordings are now deleted.
Delete Alexa History by Contacting Amazon
To delete all of your Alexa recordings and voice transcriptions, you can also contact Amazon customer service at (888)280-4331 and make a request to delete all your Alexa recorded data
Stop Alexa From Collecting Data Altogether?
Can you stop Amazon from keeping your voice recordings? Unfortunately, No. Amazon prefers that you keep your recordings with them so that they can train their systems to better recognize commands and queries and which in turn will enhance the user experience.
If you still don’t want Amazon to listen to your recordings then you can limit the reach of your Alexa queries by following the below steps
- Go to “Settings”
- Click on “Alexa Privacy”
- Click on “Manage How Your Data Improves Alexa”
- Click on “Help Amazon Services and Develop New Features” and toggle it to off. Keep in mind that after you do this Amazon warns you that ‘voice recognition and new features may not work well for you.’
How To Delete Alexa History (FAQs)
Q : Does Amazon store recording of my voice queries?
A : Yes, it does so in order to train their algorithms and systems to better cater to your queries.
Q : Is it possible to delete the stored queries?
A : Yes, it is absolutely possible to delete the queries you don’t want Amazon to listen to. The article above walks you through the various methods you can follow to delete Alexa history be it through voice command or delete Alexa history by time period or straight up delete everything that Amazon has stored through your Digital assistant.
Q : Is it possible to stop Amazon from keeping any recordings whatsoever?
A : No, in order to work properly Alexa keeps recording everything you ask it. But, if you really don’t want Alexa or Amazon to keep anything then you can simply delete everything occasionally and you can also opt out of their new services and features. ( a tutorial to which is stated above )
Q : Is Amazon spying on me ?
A : No, the data collected by Alexa is stored only to train their algorithms to better cater to your commands and they are anonymous. You need not worry about Amazon spying on you through Alexa.
This concludes everything that there is regarding how to delete Alexa history. We sincerely hope this helped you in deleting your Alexa history. If not, let us know below and we will be sure to get in touch as soon as possible.