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You Can Now Tell Alexa to Delete Your Voice Recordings

Dave Parrack 29-05-2019

If you own an Amazon Echo or another Alexa-enabled device, you can now tell Alexa to delete your voice recordings. While this is currently only limited to voice recordings up to one day old, it is at least a start.


Amazon Records Your Alexa Voice Commands

Amazon has been getting some bad press of late over the way it retains voice recordings. There have been claims Amazon tracks and shares voice data, and even that Amazon employees are listening into these snippets of conversation to help train the Alexa AI.

It is possible to delete these voice recordings manually through the Alexa app. Click the hamburger menu in the top-left, then Settings, then Alexa Account, followed by History. From here you can listen to your voice recordings and delete them individually.

However, Amazon is now making it even easier to delete your Alexa voice recordings.

How to Delete Your Alexa Voice Recordings

Starting today, you can delete all of your voice recordings with a voice command. Just say, “Alexa, delete everything I said today,” and your data will be deleted. This even includes you asking Alexa to delete your voice recordings.


Over the next few weeks, Alexa will learn a second trick. This one will allow you to delete your most recent voice recording. Just say, “Alexa, delete what I just said” to prompt Alexa to wipe your last command from the Amazon servers.

Unfortunately (but understandably) this is opt-in only, so you’ll have to set it up in the Alexa app first. To do so, open the app, go to Settings > Alexa Account > Alexa Privacy > Review Voice History. Then toggle “Enable Deletion By Voice”.

Alexa Is Listening, But That’s OK

There are likely to be practical reasons why Amazon is only allowing users to delete voice recordings up to a day old. However, we would like to see this extended so that users can delete data stored over a longer period, or, preferably, everything you have ever said.

Hopefully, this option to delete your voice recordings on a daily basis will embolden you to ask Alexa some funny questions The Funniest Questions You Can Ask Alexa Looking for things to ask Alexa? These are the funniest questions you can ask your Amazon Alexa, plus a cheat sheet with 100 more. Read More . Or, if that’s not your thing, here are some fun Alexa games you can play on an Echo 8 Fun Alexa Games You Can Play on an Amazon Echo There are a number of cool Alexa games you can play on your Amazon Echo. So there's no excuse to be bored at home ever again. Read More . Just remember to delete your commands afterwards.

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  1. dragonmouth
    May 30, 2019 at 12:35 pm

    "You Can Now Tell Alexa to Delete Your Voice Recordings "
    Is Amazon running out of storage space? Did they decide that they have collected enough info on their users? (Not bloody likely!)

    While "up to one day old" may sound generous at present, it may actually be inconsequential under certain circumstances. Not the phrase "up to". It probably means "since the last backup". Depending on the frequency of backups, it could be 24 hours or it could be just minutes. Once your voice recording is backed up, it will stay with Amazon for however long the backup exists. Could be years.

    The offer sounds much better than it really is. Amazon would not be making it unless it saw a profit in it for themselves.