How to Delete Alexa History

The virtual assistant is always listening (and recording)

What to Know

  • Log in to Amazon and go to Manage Your Content and Devices > Your Devices.
  • Locate your Alexa and click the three-dot button next to it.
  • Select Manage voice recordings. Select Delete.

This article explains how to delete the entire voice history from your Alexa. It includes information on deleting individual recordings.

How to Delete All Alexa History

Did Alexa record something you'd really rather no one else hears? Don't worry: You can easily delete Alexa's recording history so no one will be the wiser.

Delete all your Alexa history in one fell swoop through Amazon's website. Here's how:

  1. Navigate to Amazon's Manage Your Content and Devices page. You will be prompted to enter your Amazon credentials if you are not already logged in.
  2. Select the Your Devices tab (available from the drop-down menu if you're on a mobile device).
  3. A list of your registered Amazon devices should be displayed. Locate the Alexa-enabled device for which you'd like to clear your history and click on or tap the button to the left of its name, containing three dots and positioned in the Actions column. If on a mobile device, you'll need to select a device from the menu provided.
  4. A pop-up window should appear containing information about the device in question, including its serial number along with multiple options. Select the one labeled Manage voice recordings. If on a mobile device, select Manage voice recordings from the Device Actions menu.
  5. Another pop-up window will now be displayed, overlaying your main browser window. To clear all Alexa recordings from the chosen device, press the Delete button. You'll now receive a message that your deletion request was received. It may take a while for the actual recordings to be fully removed, during which time they'll still be available for playback.

Delete Individual Alexa Recordings

Amazon also lets you delete your previous Alexa requests one by one, which is helpful if there are only select recordings that you want to erase.

Take these steps to manually delete individual recordings via the Alexa app on Fire OS, Android and iOS or in most modern web browsers.

  1. Open the Alexa app or navigate your browser to https://alexa.amazon.com.
  2. Select the menu button, represented by three horizontal lines and located in the upper left corner.
  3. When the drop-down menu appears, click on or tap Settings.
  4. Alexa's settings interface should now be displayed. Scroll to the bottom and select the History option, located in the General section.
  5. A list of your interactions with Alexa will now be shown, each accompanied by the text of your request (if available) along with the date and time as well as the corresponding device. Select the request that you want to delete.
  6. A new screen will appear containing in-depth details about the respective request and a Play button which lets you listen to the actual audio recording. Tap the Delete Voice Recordings button.
Illustration of Alexa recording voices
 Lifewire

Alexa Privacy Concerns

The virtual assistant is integrated with numerous devices including Amazon's Echo and Fire product lines plus third-party offerings ranging from coffee makers to robotic vacuums. This widespread integration poses potential privacy concerns centered around the fact that almost everything you say to your devices is recorded and stored on Amazon's servers.

These recordings are used by Alexa's artificial intelligence to better recognize and understand your voice and speech patterns, resulting in an improved back-and-forth each time you make a request.

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