Have you been using the Alexa voice assistant for a long time and never bothered to check the alexa privacy settings? Do you know that all commands given to Alexa are stored on Amazon’s servers until you decide to Clear Alexa history ? Fortunately, deleting the history from Alexa is extremely simple and takes no more than a minute.
It must be said that setting Alexa’s privacy preferences so that voice commands are not retained is the best solution for restricting alexa privacy but it is also important to point out that voice recordings are used by Amazon to improve the accuracy of your interactions with Alexa. . The voice assistant Alexa, in essence, over time adapts to both your voice and your way of speaking and the user experience improves significantly. Deleting the voice recordings associated with your account may make your experience worse over time.
Without getting further lost in chat, I’ll immediately explain how to delete the Alexa command history
- Clear Alexa history
- Delete Alexa history with voice command
- Automatically delete Alexa voice recordings
- Deleting History Smart Home Devices
Clear Alexa history
To delete Alexa history, unless otherwise configured, you will need to use the alexa app from your mobile phone. You can also set a voice command that for subsequent times will allow you to delete the alexa history without having to use the app (I’ll explain how to do it later).
First you have to open the Alexa application and click on the menu button (the button at the top left of the screen depicting three lines) and in the side menu that will be displayed you will have to click on settings . On the next screen select the Account Settings item .
At this point click on the history item to open the history configuration screen. Select the date range of the commands to delete and then click on the Delete recording item to delete Alexa history permanently.
Delete Alexa history with voice command
Having to use the app to delete Alexa history is not the best of practicality, which is why the function to delete Alexa history via voice command has been set up. This feature is normally disabled so you will need to enable it in order to use it in the future.
What you have to do, from the Alexa app on your smartphone, is to open the history configuration screen as I explained to you in the previous paragraph and from here enable the voice Enable deletion by voice command by moving the lever next to the writing on the right.
at this point you will be ready to Clear Alexa history via voice command. Just say “Alexa, delete what I just said” to delete the last voice command given or say “Alexa, delete everything I said today” to delete all the voice commands given during the day.
If you are very concerned about alexa privacy you are probably wondering if there is the possibility of automatically canceling the voice commands given to Alexa. Unfortunately there is a configuration to automatically delete the Alexa history but it is very limited; you can choose whether to clear Alexa history after 3 months or 18 months (no other criteria can be set).
Automatically delete Alexa voice recordings
As I said, it is possible to set the automatic deletion of Alexa voice commands after a certain period (3 months or 18 months) directly from the Alexa privacy configuration.
All you have to do is open the Alexa app from your mobile phone and click on the menu button (the button at the top left of the screen depicting three lines) and in the side menu that will be displayed you will have to click on settings . On the next screen select the Alexa Privacy item ; from here click on the written menu at the top and in the window that appears select Manage your Alexa data and then enable the item Delete recordings automatically
Next you will have to choose the time interval for keeping the history (you can choose between 3 months and 18 months) then select Confirm .
If you don’t like this solution you could try creating a daily alexa routine that clears the history at a certain time.
Deleting History Smart Home Devices
In the history setup screen you will also find the link for the history of smart home devices. From here you can delete all the history of the commands given to the home automation devices in your home (for example light bulbs and smart sockets).
This function is useful when some home automation device does not work correctly or in any case it is no longer possible to control it from Alexa. To delete Alexa history for home automation devices you simply have to click on the blue button at the bottom of the page.