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How to Delete Your Alexa History. Amazon’s Alexa is intended to be a helpful digital home assistant, setting timers, telling you the weather, and buying items off Amazon for you, among other things.
Recently, however, Bloomberg reported that Amazon has thousands of employees listening to Alexa voice recordings every day. And last year, a family in Portland, Oregon, had their conversation recorded by Alexa and sent to a random contact. Luckily, the discussion was innocuous; hardwood floors were on the agenda. But knowing that Alexa might glitch and let everyone in on the inane things you ask her is unnerving.
The fact remains that Alexa does record everything you say, commands that are all stored on your Alexa account. Want to review what you’ve asked Alexa, delete the more embarrassing inquiries, and tell Amazon to stop listening to your recordings? Here’s how.
Method #1: Delete Individual History Entries
- Open the Alexa app. On your Android or iOS phone, open the mobile Alexa app and sign in to your Amazon account. It’s the light-blue app with a white outline of a speech bubble.
- Make sure you are signed in to the same Amazon account that you registered your Alexa device with.
- Tap ☰. It’s the three-lined icon in the top-left corner of the screen. This opens a pop-out menu on the left side of the screen.
- TapSettings. It’s the second to last option at the bottom of the menu.
- Scroll down and tap History. It’s near the bottom of the Settings menu under the “General” heading.
- Tap an entry you want to delete. You can scroll through the entries to see the entire list of commands you’ve used with Alexa. To see more information or to delete an entry, simply tap it.
- Tap Delete Voice Recordings. It’s the gray button at the bottom of the page. This deletes the voice recording and Alexa entry from your history.
- You can also playback the audio recording of the command before deleting it.
Method #2: Deleting Your Entire Alexa History
- Go to https://www.amazon.com in a web browser. Go to Amazon’s main website in your preferred web browser on your computer.
- Sign in with the same Amazon account you used to register your Alexa device.
- Click Account & Lists. It’s located under the right-side of the search bar at the top of the page. This opens your account page.
- Click on Content and devices. It’s the third option in the “Digital content and devices” heading.
- Click the Your Devices tab. It’s at the tab in the middle of the page.
- Click ⋯ next to your Alexa device. The device will be listed by its default name, such as “Echo Dot,” unless you renamed your device previously. This will open a pop-out panel with more information and options.
- If you have a lot of devices listed, you can search for it by typing in the search box at the top-right of the page.
- Click Manage Your Voice Recordings. It’s in the pop-out panel near the bottom.
- Click Delete. It’s the yellow button in the bottom-right corner of the pop-up window.
- Deleting history may reduce Alexa’s accuracy in recognizing your voice commands in the future.
- You still may be able to see your Alexa history in the Alexa app for a short while as the deletion process can take some time.