How to Delete Voice Recordings From Google Assistant, Alexa, and Siri?.
Your personal butler is not entirely loyal to you, they have a habit of, well, gossip. These assistants (Google Assistant, Alexa and Siri) make our lives easier by doing boring tasks for us like setting up reminders, finding the meaning of a word, or even turning on lights, but they come at a price, and that price is you. Your audio commands are recorded and sent to remote servers for “processing”. This is a major privacy issue for some users, which is why Google, Amazon and Apple are now offering a way to remove your conversations with helpers from their servers. Let’s see how to do this.
Whenever you ask your Assistant to do something for you, it basically records your voice and sends it (both audio and transcript) to their servers to sort out the words you just said. Ideally, after executing the command, your voice recordings should be deleted, but Google, Amazon and Apple keep a copy on their server to “improve” their services. However, you can opt out of this practice by following these steps.
1. Delete Siri voice recordings
Unlike Amazon and Google, Apple didn’t offer its users the option to delete their voice recordings until the Guardian posted a story about Siri contractors listening to sensitive information. Fortunately, in their latest iOS update (13.2), you can delete existing entries and opt out of the rating service.
Pull out your iPhone and make sure it is updated to the latest iOS version (13.2 and up). If not, you can go to General Software Update to update your software.
After updating your iPhone, go to Settings Siri & Search tap Siri & Dictionary History Delete Siri & Dictionary History.
You will receive the message “Your request has been received: history will be deleted.” Deleting records from Apple servers will take some time Apple doesn’t tell you when the records will be deleted, we just need to take Apple’s word for it.
Now, this step only deletes past recordings and Siri will continue to record any future conversations. You can’t stop recordings unless you turn off Siri, but you can stop participating in the Siri Improvement Program where contractors listen to your recordings. To opt out of the program, go to Settings Privacy Analytics & Improvements Switch to Improve Siri & Dictation.
2. Delete audio recordings from Google Assistant
Google offered this feature for a while but never advertised it because you know who doesn’t like free data. Either way, you can easily delete all the conversations you had with Google Assistant or Google Home, either from your web browser or from your phone. In this article, I’ll show you how to delete conversations using the Google Assistant on a mobile device, but the steps are the same for mobile devices.
Take your phone and enter the url myactivity.google.com in your web browser. You will need to sign in with the same Google account associated with your Google Assistant. Once logged in, click on the hamburger menu icon in the upper left corner to open a list of options. Click “Activity Controls” to open a new page.
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On the Action Controls page, scroll down to the Voice and Sound Activity section. Click the Manage Activity button to load the settings page. Here you can remove any voice commands you’ve ever given to the Google Assistant. To delete voice recordings, click the options button as shown in the image below and select Delete Action Before.
You have several options for deleting data by date. You can choose the time slot of your choice or click All Time to delete all records that Google has ever stored on its servers. After selecting an option, click “Delete”.
Now Google is bargaining before it lets you delete posts, giving you a hint on how posts are improving. Click “OK” and then another message appears stating that the process is irreversible. Click Delete to permanently delete the entries from the server.
Now that you’ve deleted all of the entries, you might feel relieved, but wait, that’s not all. Google Assistant will continue to record your future conversations with the assistant, so if you want to maintain privacy, you must turn off this feature.
Luckily, Google allows you to turn off the recording feature entirely, which is great as it shows their strong stance on privacy. You can do this by turning off voice and activity controls. Click the Change Settings button in the Voice & Actions section, then turn off the Voice & Sound Actions switch.
It will show you again a hint that disabling this feature could affect the service, which is true, but that’s the price of privacy in 2019.
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3. Delete Alexa audio recordings
Amazon and Google allow you to delete conversations with their virtual assistants. However, unlike Google, Amazon does not allow you to pause audio recordings.
To enable this feature, you will need to log into your Amazon account using a web browser. The steps are the same for both desktops and mobile devices, so you won’t have any problems following them. Go to Amazon.com in your web browser and sign in with your Amazon credentials. Click your profile icon at the top, next to the trash can icon. A list of options will open, select “Content & Devices” under Account & Settings.
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Look for Alexa Privacy under Content and Device Management. The page will load several parameters, select “View Voice History” to continue.
On the page for viewing the history of voice messages, you will see “Enable voice deletion”. Slide the switch and enable this feature. A warning will appear stating that enabling this feature will allow someone to delete your voice recordings using a voice command. Click “Enable” to activate this feature.
Now, you can simply ask Alexa to delete records from Amazon servers. This is comparatively better because Google doesn’t have this feature yet, but on the other hand, Google can enable the recording forever.
To delete voice recordings, simply say the following phrase and all voice recordings of that day will be deleted from the servers.
Alexa, remove everything I said today.
If you want to delete all voice recordings, simply select “All History” as the date range under the radio button and click the “Delete All Records for Entire History” button. A warning prompt appears, click Yes.
Delete your conversations with Google Assistant and Alexa
These were the methods for deleting your audio conversations with Google Assistant, Alexa and Siri. While these services need your past conversations to feel more natural, it doesn’t have to be. You can delete your conversations with Google Assistant, Alexa, and Siri, but only Google lets you turn off recording permanently. Should Amazon and Apple follow suit and allow you to permanently disable recording? Let us know in the comments below.