How to Erase Google Assistant Voice Recordings

Get rid of pesky voice recordings from Google Home as well as your phone

Erase Google Assistant Recordings
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The Google Home line of products as well as some of the audio-driven functionality on Android smartphones is powered by Google Assistant, which allows you to perform dozens of useful functions such as controlling your smart home with only the sound of your voice. By speaking commands into your phone or directing them towards your Google Home speaker you can instruct the virtual assistant to respond to questions, play music, launch a game or initiate a wide array of other actions.

Each one of these commands is recorded on Google's servers not only for posterity's sake, but also for artificial intelligence purposes as Google Assistant learns to better comprehend your speech patterns for an improved experience. Even with these benefits, you may not be comfortable with Google maintaining a log of everything you've said in the past. Thankfully, there is a way to erase these recordings along with the information associated with them.

Your Google Assistant command and voice history is tied to your Google account, not an individual device. Therefore, the tutorials below allow you to view, listen to and erase all Assistant-related activity in one location even if you utilize the voice service on more than one device.

The first step is to launch the Google Assistant app on your Android or iOS device. If it is not already installed, which may be the case if you've installed just the Google Home app for example, you can download it for free from Google Play or the App Store. Once the app is open, sign in (if necessary) with the Google account tied to the voice recordings that you wish to delete.

Delete Individual Google Assistant Recordings

You can view, play or delete Google Assistant recordings one at a time by following these instructions.

  1. On the Google Assistant app's main voice entry screen, select the blue and white button found in the upper right-hand corner.
  2. You should now be taken to the Explorer section. Tap on the menu button, represented by three horizontally-aligned dots and located in the upper right-hand corner.
  3. A pop-out menu will now appear towards the bottom of your screen. Select the option labeled My Activity.
  4. An interface should now be displayed which lists all of your Google account activity, including any voice commands made through the Google Assistant service. Each of these recordings will be accompanied by a PLAY button along with the date and time they were made, as well as a transcription of the input and output whenever one is available. To view information about a particular history item, including the device it was initiated on and its location, tap its respective Details link. To listen to the actual audio recording, press PLAY.
  5. To erase a particular history item along with its voice recording, first tap on its menu button -- represented by three vertically-aligned dots and located in the upper right-hand corner of that item's square.
  6. When the drop-down menu appears, select Delete.

Delete Google Assistant History By Date Range

You can also choose to delete all Google Assistant voice recordings and other history within a specified date range.

  1. On the Google Assistant app's main voice entry screen, select the blue and white button found in the upper right-hand corner.
  2. You should now be taken to the Explorer section. Tap on the menu button, represented by three horizontally-aligned dots and located in the upper right-hand corner.
  3. A pop-out menu will now appear towards the bottom of your screen. Select the option labeled My Activity.
  4. An interface should now be displayed which lists all of your Google account activity. Tap on the menu button located on the far right-hand side of the Search Assistant field, represented by three vertically-aligned dots and located near the top of the screen.
  5. When the drop-down menu appears, select Delete activity by.
  6. The Delete activity by screen should now be visible. In the Delete by date section, choose the date range for which you'd like to clear your Google Assistant history. You can also select one of the following predefined ranges from the drop-down menu provided: Today, Yesterday, Last 7 days, Last 30 days, All time.
  7. Once satisfied with your selections, tap the DELETE button.
  8. A pop-up message will appear labeled Before you delete. Press the OK button to complete the removal process.

Delete Google Assistant History Through Your Browser

If you do not have access to your Android or iOS device at the moment, you can also view and erase Google Assistant voice recordings from any major web browser by taking the following steps.

  1. Navigate your web browser to myactivity.google.com.
  2. Sign into the Google account associated with the recordings that you wish to clear.
  3. Google's My Activity interface should now be displayed, listing all of your account activity including voice recording history items from Google Assistant. Each recording is accompanied by a PLAY button along with the date and time it was made, as well as a transcription of the interaction. To view information about a particular history item, including the device it was initiated on and its location, click on its respective Details link. To listen to the actual audio recording, press PLAY.
  4. To erase history items along with their voice recordings, first click on the corresponding menu button -- represented by three vertically-aligned dots and located in the upper right-hand corner.
  5. When the drop-down menu appears, click Delete.
  6. A pop-up message will appear labeled Before you delete. Click on the OK button to complete the deletion process.