Voice assistants are listening to you: How to delete Siri, Alexa and Google recordingsApple is suspending a program that allows third-party contractors to listen to the questions you ask Siri. This comes after a whistleblower said that workers listen to the recordings to help Siri improve and determine if the request was handled correctly, a process called grading, reported The Guardian. Amazon and Google came under fire earlier this year for similar reasons when it was discovered workers were listening to the recordings the Echo and Google Assistant collected. Although smart speakers are only supposed to record after you say “Hey, Siri” or other wake phrases, reports show that conversations have been recorded in other instances – including recordings involving medical information, drug deals and intimate moments.
The companies say a small percentage of recordings are actually listened to and they are anonymous. Google has suspended the practice in the European Union. While Apple suspended the program worldwide, in the future users can opt in to participate in the grading process. Apple did not respond to USA TODAY’s request for comment. Goodbye, jack: Samsung dongle leak suggests the smartphone maker is killing the headphone jack Here’s how you can delete the recordings Apple, Amazon and Google have of you.
SiriTo turn off Siri recordings, you will have to do it manually on each Apple device. You do not have to do it on the Apple Watch or Home Pod.
- Go to Settings > Siri & Search
- Turn off “Listen for 'Hey, Siri'”
- Turn off “Press Home for Siri” for phones with home buttons
- Turn off “Press Side Button for Siri”
- Go back to Settings > General >Keyboard
- Turn off “Enable Dictation”
- Go to System Preferences > Siri
- Turn off “Enable Ask Siri”
- Go back to System Preferences > Dictation
- Turn off “Dictation”
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AlexaYou can delete Alexa recordings using the app, a desktop browser or just Alexa.
- Go to Settings > Alexa Privacy > Review Voice History
- Here, you can choose which recordings you want to delete, or delete recordings over a certain time span: today, all history or a customizable range
- Go to www.amazon.com/alexaprivacysettings
- Sign in and go to Manage Your Content and Devices
- Here, you can delete all the recordings on all of your Alexa-enabled devices
You can ask Alexa to delete your recordings when you enable voice deletion on the app or online
- Open the app or go to www.amazon.com/alexaprivacysettings
- Settings > Alexa Privacy > Review Voice History
- Click “Enable deletion by voice”
- You will be able to ask Alexa to delete your recordings.
- In your Google Assistant conversation, touch and hold an item you want to delete.
- When the item and related items are highlighted, click "Delete group".
For iOS devices, go to the Google Assistant app and repeat the same instructions above.
You can delete your history in whole using a browser:
- Go to Google Account's Assistant activity page. Sign in.
- Click the "Google Assistant" banner on the top right > More > Delete activity by
- Click "Delete by date," choose “All time.”
- Click “Delete”
- Click “Delete” to confirm