Amazon’s Alexa keeps a record of what you say to her. Everyone knows this and actually agrees to it when you agree to the terms of service. Echo uses its recordings to better recognize your individual speech patterns.
Amazon claims it does not use the information for marketing purposes, but many users are skeptical, especially after the Facebook data fiasco last year.
The good news is, you don’t have to dump your Alexa in the name of privacy. You can delete your Alexa information.
How to delete your echo history
You can log into the Alexa app and look at previous hardware requests, but it can be difficult to know what else is being heard and recorded.
Echo is always on, and this has been proven on multiple occasions when judges asked Amazon to hand over Echo recordings to aid in criminal proceedings. At least, it makes it clear that the Echo hears more than you think.
There are options to turn off the Echo’s always listening, but to do this you need to turn off the device or purchase a peripheral accessory. Until then, if you want to clear his history, here’s how to do it.
1. Open the Amazon Alexa app on your phone.
2. Click the “Menu” button in the upper left corner and go to “Settings”.
3. From the Settings menu, select Alexa Account and then History.
4. Select the entry you want to delete.
If you feel like a little sense of dread is creeping in, you are right: you need to tap a lot to remove everything. However, there is a way to delete everything at once.
1. Go to the Amazon device page from the Amazon website.
2. Select “Devices” in the navigation bar.
3. Press the menu button to the left of the device you want to select.
4. Click Delete Voice Memos. This will clear all entries on this device. Remember, this is a permanent decision; you will not be able to undo the deletion if you change your mind later.
Deleting this information removes it from your device, but there is no way to know if Amazon is keeping records on its servers or not. If you are concerned about personal privacy and want to take all possible steps to protect your data, deleting Amazon records is a good place to start.
Another step you can take from the same page is to click on Alexa Privacy.
Go ahead and click on Browse Voice History and then select All History from the drop-down list. You will now see the entire command history from all your devices here. Click Delete All Entries for Entire History to delete the entire history of your voice.
You can also delete personal activity collected by Google and delete your Netflix browsing history.
If you want to limit the amount of personal information that your devices collect about you, take a look at your apps. Smartphone apps should only collect the information they need to work and nothing more.
If you feel like one of your apps is collecting more than it needs to, find alternatives or limit the amount of data you use.