Steps to delete voice recordings from digital assistants
The high-tech companies digital assistants like Alexa, Siri, and Google Assistant now possess recordings of your voice and interactions. That’s not to say digital assistants are unsafe to use.
But users should know what data is being collected and why and how much control they have over the way it’s used. So here’s how to delete your voice recordings from such digital assistant platforms is as simple as you think.
Alexa Digital Assistants
- To opt-out of Amazon using your recordings to improve Alexa’s capabilities, visit the Alexa Privacy page and click on “Manage how your data improves Alexa.”
- Then, disable “Use Voice Recordings to Improve Amazon Services and to Develop New Features” and “Use Messages to Improve Transcriptions.”
- Go to Amazon’s voice data management page.
- The page features several different headings, each one containing specific stored data/settings. You can use them to delete your voice history, smart alert history, and device-specific history.
- Check each of these pages and delete any data you don’t want to be saved—especially the “Alexa Privacy” page.
- Go to your Google activity page.
- Scroll down to “Voice & Audio Activity.”
- Click or tap “Manage Activity.”
- From here, search through the history using the search bar; delete based on keywords, date, and/or product-type; or delete each entry individually.
- You can disable voice interaction tracking by going back to the main Google activity page, than clicking or tapping the blue slider next to “Voice & Audio activity” to disable it.