Alexa: how to delete the history of your conversations archived by Amazon

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, Sonos speaker, or any other compatible device, here’s how to clear your history.

Amazon Alexa
Amazon Alexa

Siri, Alexa, Google Assistant… Home voice assistants are designed to assist us in our daily tasks. They can perform various and varied scenarios, play music, turn off lights. And it is possible to interact with them directly by speaking to them via 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 fine-tune artificial intelligence in order to respond more appropriately to queries in the future. This “Supervised machine learning” by a myriad of employees is however far from unanimous on the side of consumers. And this even if listening to these conversations helps to improve the tool. Some exchanges can also be wrongly picked up by Alexa who considers having heard her name when this is not the case.

Private conversations can thus end up without your knowledge in the ears of Amazon employees. Even though the data is anonymized, this is far from encouraging. Especially since it is possible that the archived conversations are also used for advertising purposes. Apple is particularly suspected of using Siri for this purpose. A class action lawsuit was also recently filed against the Apple.

Do you use Alexa and want to clear your voice history? Here’s how to do it!

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Alexa: how to delete your voice history

  • In the Alexa application, follow the following path: Settings> Alexa and your personal information> View voice history.
  • A filter is used 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 delimiting a start and end date. Then check the records to delete.

Alexa: how to delete all voice history at once

  • However, it is best to access your account on a browser to delete everything at once (if that is your goal).
  • To do this, go to your Amazon account and then click on Content and devices in the Digital content and devices section.
  • Then click on Alexa and then press Manage your voice recordings in the drop-down menu that appears.
  • A dialog box opens. Confirm the deletion of your voice history by tapping Delete.

Finally, know that it is possible to automatically delete 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. Then you just have to indicate how long you want to keep them (3 or 18 months) and then confirm.

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