Ever Wonder What Your Smart Speaker Hears? Check and Clear Recordings!

Ever wonder what your smart speaker has been listening to? We all know they’re handy for playing music and answering questions, but they also record your voice commands. While this helps them learn and serve you better, it can also be a privacy concern. The good news is, you can easily review and delete those recordings if you want!

Taking Control of Your Speaker’s Memory:

Both Amazon Alexa and Google Home let you access the recordings your speaker has stored. Here’s a quick guide:

  • Alexa’s Recording History: Head to the Alexa app on your phone or tablet. Go to “Settings” and then “Alexa Privacy.” There, you’ll find a section for “Review Voice History.” You can listen to recordings, delete individual recordings, or delete everything at once.
  • Google Assistant’s Recordings: Open the Google Assistant app on your phone or tablet. Tap your profile picture in the top right corner and select “Settings.” Then, choose “Activity controls” and navigate to “Voice & Audio Activity.” This section lets you review, listen to, or delete your recordings.

Why Delete Recordings?

There are a few reasons you might want to clear your speaker’s recordings:

  • Privacy Matters: Maybe you’re uncomfortable with the idea of your conversations being stored. Deleting recordings gives you peace of mind.
  • Decluttering Your Digital Life: Just like cleaning out your physical clutter, deleting old recordings can feel refreshing.
  • Starting Fresh: If you’re concerned about a specific interaction, deleting the recording can help you move on.

Remember: You’re in control of your smart speaker’s data. By reviewing and deleting recordings when you want, you can keep your privacy settings in check.