ALEXA can (and does) record your private home conversations, which you can then listen to.
Thankfully, it’s not a sinister scheme to spy on you, but you can investigate what she’s been hearing.
Why does Alexa want to listen in on your personal conversations?
Last week, we saw how difficult it is to prevent Alexa from capturing private conversations.It came after a former Amazon executive revealed that Alexa does listen to the conversations. Amazon Echo speakers are a fantastic device that can make your life at home simpler and more enjoyable. Alexa, on the other hand, will sometimes record you without your knowledge because she thinks you said her name.
Since Amazon occasionally sends such voice clips to humans for “scoring,” this causes a privacy nightmare. Since the system is intended to enhance Alexa, some people will find it creepy. You can disable human grading in the settings, but your Alexa app will still have a large backlog of recordings. Many of these are most definitely accidental recordings saved by Alexa’s overzealousness. When Alexa is recording voice, she will always have a blue ring. However, it’s possible to miss this, so double-checking your Alexa app voice logs is crucial.
How to gain access to private conversations
- Alexa captures excerpts of everything you say to her, so your app will be flooded with audio files.
- However, Amazon helpfully marks recordings that it believes were not intended for Alexa’s ears.
- To begin, launch the Alexa app on your phone or tablet.
- On the left-hand side, hit the menu bar and then Settings.
- After that, go to Alexa Privacy and then Review Voice History.
- You can listen to all of the voice recordings Alexa has made for you in this section.
- Simply tap the text you want to hear and then press the tiny Play icon to listen to the Alexa recordings.
- Alexa will sometimes raise an alert if it believes an audio recording was not intended for her.
- In that case, the text will not appear, but you can still listen to the audio file.
- Look for the phrase “Audio was not intended for this device” to find these unintentional recordings.
How do I get rid of Alexa’s voice recordings?
- To delete audio recordings, “tick” the empty boxes next to each recording individually.
- Then, at the very top of the list, select “Delete Selected Recordings” to remove those specific files.
- You may also choose a date set, such as “Today,” “Last Week,” or “All History,” and then click “Delete All Recordings” for that time period.
- Tap Filter By Device and choose the exact Alexa gadget you’re looking for if you only want to remove recordings for a particular speaker.
- On this page, you can also allow deletion by speech.
- If you turn it on, you can use voice commands to erase recordings.
- “Alexa, delete what I just said” or “Alexa, delete everything I said today” would suffice.
Is it a good idea to delete Alexa recordings?
Here’s what you should know:
- You have every right to be concerned about Amazon keeping a massive archive of your voice recordings.
- Hacks and data breaches have occurred at major social media companies, so you’re never completely secure.
- However, removing voice recordings isn’t always the right option.
- Though deletion will increase your privacy, it can make your Alexa experience worse.
- Alexa improves the service by learning the voice and preferences over time.
- You erase a lot of your learning by deleting all of your voice recordings.
- However, Alexa can continue to work normally even though she isn’t recording anything you say.
- You have a choice: do you want absolute privacy or do you want the best service?