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Easily Find and Delete Past Google Home Commands

Derek Walter 07-04-2017

Google Home is tremendously convenient, giving you the power to find out what’s going on with your day, hear the latest news reports, or catch some music simply by issuing some simple voice commands.


But this being Google, all of the data from your questions hangs around your account for analysis and processing. The premise, as with most of Google’s services, is that the company uses that information to deliver better services. While it may sound a little disconcerting, this means every recorded instance of when you talk to the Google Assistant Google Assistant Is Coming to More Smartphones Google is beginning to roll Google Assistant out to more smartphones. Unfortunately, the majority of Android handsets are not included in this initial rollout thanks to fragmentation. Read More takes up residence on a Google server somewhere.

Fortunately, you’re not locked out of being able to gain access to or even delete all of your saved voice commands The Master List of "OK, Google" Commands Google Now has tons of useful commands, but how do you keep track of them all? Here's a master list, organized by category, so you can control Google how you like. Read More . At any point, you can go back and listen to them, view what voice interactions you had, and then delete them if you so desire. The controls are there, so it’s just a matter of knowing where to go in order to start going through all of the data.

Why Should You Delete Past Commands?

It may be a little disconcerting to think about all the things you’ve asked Google Home that are now sitting as part of your search history. Perhaps you just want to take a peek at everything that’s a part of your history out of curiosity. Or maybe there are some things you’d rather not feed into Google’s algorithm. Whatever your reason, it only takes a few simple steps to eliminate the questions or commands that you’ve given to Google Home.

Find Your Activity

The place to tweak your search history is Google’s My Activity page. It’s available on the web, and is mobile friendly so you can access all of this information from a mobile device as well.

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To see only your Google Home activity, click or touch Assistant from the list of available services. This will then pull up all of the interactions you have ever had with the Google Assistant.

Keep in mind that this page will also include any use of the Google Assistant from an Android smartphone, such as Google’s own Pixel Get the New Google Pixel Features on Any Phone Want the Google Pixel features without buying a new phone? We got you. Read More .

There currently isn’t a way to limit your Assistant interactions to just Google Home, so you need to pay attention to the details of each interaction.

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Next, you can select one of your interactions. They will often be bundled together if they occurred in a short time span. Click the arrow next to the grouping to see the individual items. Push Play to hear what was recorded when you spoke to your Google Home. If you don’t want this to hang around, then press the overflow menu (three vertical buttons) and select Delete.

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You can peruse your timeline to listen to or view other times you performed an action with the Google Assistant. After listening, you may choose to let helpful recordings stay, or to delete ones you don’t want hanging around.

Clean Sweep

Perhaps you want to just wash your entire history away. Maybe you asked some questions that you’d prefer weren’t hanging around in your Google account, or you just want to stop seeing certain topics appearing in your Google feed.


This also may be a helpful feature after a friend or family member asked Google a bunch of questions that have completely altered your algorithm.

This command is also located in Google’s My Activity site. Once you have filtered by products and service (as above), select the overflow menu and choose Delete results. This will wipe away all of the questions you have ever asked and any other interactions with the Google Assistant.

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Keep in mind that doing so will impact how other Google services 7 Free Google Services That Cost You Battery Life and Privacy Here's how to protect your privacy and preserve battery life while using an Android device. Read More might perform. But for many users, losing some of this convenience is a small price to pay for improving their online privacy.


Why Keep Your Past Commands Around?

Of course, part of the thinking behind a device like Google Home is that the search giant will be able to deliver you a better experience across various products by using this information. For example, if you frequently ask Google Home questions like, “When is the next Golden State Warriors game,” you’re going to start seeing Warriors’ scores in your Google app 5 New Google Apps and Features That Will Wow You Google has been on a roll lately. The Internet giant has launched more new apps and features to make life easier for its users. Let's find out some of the best ones. Read More .

It’s not a short read, but Google’s privacy policy might be the next place to head if you want to better understand how Google uses the information you give to your Google Home. For some people, the convenience of these automatic suggestions is worth the trade-offs in privacy.

If you have a Google Home, there are good reasons to go all-in with Google and keep asking, and storing, all of your questions.

Google’s goal is to build a “personal Google” just for you. Even though that sounds a little discomforting, you can’t get to AI paradise without providing some information. In return, your searches and questions receive more personalized answers over time.

As long as you’re on board with the privacy policy and know what you’re getting into, you may want to leave your search history intact — no matter the topic. This can help your Google Home to know as much as possible about you, allowing you streamlined services and functions that are simply impossible with full privacy protections intact.

You Have the Power

As ominous as it may seem, we are entering a bold, new world where your information can deliver some pretty eye-opening experiences. But it’s wise to understand exactly what you’re getting yourself into.

Thankfully, Google Home includes a system that allows you to dig in and take action if there are bits of data that you don’t want hanging around. A moderate approach is likely your best bet: keep truly identifying or embarrassing information private, while leaving everyday requests intact.

Do you actively monitor and delete past interactions from your Google Home account? Let us know what works best for you in the comments.

Related topics: Google, Google Home, Online Privacy.

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  1. Chris
    April 22, 2018 at 10:24 pm

    Fantastic article! Thanks for the detail. I don't see where it is mentioned how to actually filter for specific commands however. For instance if I say "OK Google remember that..." Then I want to filter for any time I asked Google to remember something.