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If you take a quick walk around your home, you’ll likely spot several, and . From and to and , your home probably has a smart device every several feet or so. The invasion of smart gadgets into your home brings understandable privacy concerns, especially since many of these companies have a controversial history of without their consent. But there are several easy and efficient ways to protect your privacy.
If you’re concerned about your privacy, you can put a stop to strangers listening in to your conversations and completely wipe all interactions you’ve made with your device. These options are available for Google Home, Amazon Echo and HomePod devices. Here’s how to opt out and delete your voice recordings.
Keep Amazon, Google and Apple employees from listening in
You can put a stop toto your voice recordings. First, you can disable the microphone by pressing the microphone button on your device. If the light is red, Alexa isn’t listening in.
To opt out of voice recordings, follow these steps: In the Alexa app, go to Settings > Alexa Privacy > Manage Your Alexa Data. From here, select Choose How Long to Save Recordings > Don’t Save Recordings > Confirm. Next, scroll down to Help Improve Alexa, and switch the Use of Voice Recordings to off.
Google hasof audio recordings. However, if you’re still cautious, there’s two ways to turn off the voice activity.
On your PC, go to myactivity.google.com and click the Settings Bars in the top left. Click Activity Controls. Next, uncheck the box that says Include Audio Recordings to prevent Google from linking your voice recordings with your account.
You can also open the Google Home mobile app. Select your Profile Icon > My Activity > Saving to Web & App Activity. Uncheck the box that reads Include voice and audio activity.
In 2019,without your permission. The company can only receive your audio data if you choose to opt in. If you opt in and later change your mind, go to your Home app and tap Settings > Privacy > Analytics and Improvements > turn off Improve Siri & Dictation.
You can also tap Settings > Siri & Search. Toggle off Listen for “Hey Siri.”
How to delete your voice recordings from Alexa, Siri and Google
Amazon offers three Alexa commands that will let you delete your voice transcripts by asking Alexa. To delete what you just said, say, “Alexa, delete everything I said today,” or, “Alexa, delete what I just said.” To delete all your previous recordings, you can say, “Alexa, delete everything I’ve ever said.”
Before you can use voice commands to delete recordings, you’ll have to enable the function. Go to Settings > Alexa Privacy > Manage Your Alexa Data. In the Voice Recordings section, toggle the button to Enable Deletion by Voice.
If you prefer tomanually, open the Alexa app and go to Settings > Alexa Privacy > Review Voice History. Then you can select all recordings you want to delete and tap Delete Selected Recordings.
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.”
A feature that came with a previous ISO update lets you. On your iPhone, iPad, or iPod touch, open your Settings > Siri & Search > Siri & Dictation History > and select Delete Siri & Dictation History. On your Apple TV, tap Settings and select General. Tap Siri History. Select Delete Siri & Dictation History.
On a HomePod, go to HomePod Settings in the Home app and tap Siri History. Then tap Delete Siri History.
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