When you say, “Alexa, what’s the weather?” or “Alexa, order more walnuts,” Amazon adds those recordings to your voice history.
Amazon also makes it easy to delete recordings of your Alexa voice commands.
In 30 seconds or less, you can permanently delete your Alexa history of voice recordings in its entirety — or just a few specific ones.
Follow these easy steps:
- Open the Alexa app
- Tap the hamburger icon in upper left corner
- Tap Settings
- Tap Alexa Account
- Tap Alexa Privacy
- Tap Review Voice History
- Select date range from drop-down menu (can be today, all history or any range in between)
- You can tap Delete All Recordings for [Your Selected Date Range] or check off specific recordings and tap Delete Selected Recordings
Pro Tip #1
Alexa also receives information about how you use third party smart home devices — like when you turn your lights on and what temperature you set your thermostat to.
Amazon makes it easy to delete this information too in Alexa privacy settings.
Pro Tip #2
When you use certain skills, you may give them information about where you live or your cell phone number. While you might want the Big Sky and Uber skills to know your address, you may have given access to another skill that you don’t use anymore.
Amazon has a user-friendly portal where you can easily access your Alexa privacy settings to see and change what Alexa skills have access to what information about you.
Pro Tip #3
By default, Amazon will use your voice recordings to help develop new features and improve transcription accuracy. You can easily opt out in your Alexa privacy settings (although, according to Amazon, new features may not work as well for you).