smart home devices, after a string of revelations that these companies have been without their consent. Since then, , and have either suspended the activity of having humans review voice recordings (they claim this improves accuracy), or have begun allowing people to opt-in or out., and are now more cautious than ever when speaking to their
However, if you’re still concerned about your privacy, you can put a stop to strangers listening to your voice commands and completely wipe all interactions you’ve made with your device. These options are available for Google Home ($84 at Walmart), Amazon Echo and HomePod devices. Here’s what to do.
Keep Amazon, Google and Apple employees from listening in
Amazon: You can put a stop to Alexa app, go to Settings > Alexa Privacy > Manage Your Alexa Data. From here, turn off the toggle switch that says “Use Voice Recordings to Improve Amazon Services to Develop New Features.”to your voice recordings. In the
Google: Google has myaccount.google.com > Web & App Activity. Next, uncheck the box that says Include voice and audio recordings.of audio recordings. However, if you’re still cautious, go to
How to delete your voice recordings from Alexa, Siri and Google
Amazon: Amazon offers two Alexa commands that will let you delete your voice transcripts by asking Alexa. Just say “Alexa, delete everything I said today” or “Alexa, delete what I just said.”
If you prefer to do it manually, open the Alexa app and go to Settings > History. From there, you can delete individual voice recordings one by one.
If you prefer to, open the Alexa app and go to Settings > Alexa Privacy > Review Voice History > Delete All Recordings for All History.
Google: To delete your voice command history, go to myaccount.google.com > Data and Personalization > Web & App Activity > Manage Activity > Tap the three stacked dots menu at the top of the screen > Select Delete activity by and choose from the options — all time, last hour, last day, etc. Tap Delete to confirm.
You can also tell Google to delete your voice command history. Just say “Hey Google, delete everything I just said
Apple: A feature that came with the iOS 13.2 update lets you . Open your Settings > Siri & Search > Siri & Dictation History > and select Delete Siri & Dictation History.
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