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You Can Listen To The Recordings Alexa Makes Of You

You Can Listen To The Recordings Alexa Makes Of You

We all have that one neurotic friend who harps on about how Alexa is listening in on our private conversations like clockwork every time you ask the smart assistant to do anything.

And while it's annoying as hell, it turns out they're... kind of right.

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Yes, our Alexas are holding recordings of us. It's something we all knew to be true, but now we can actually hear - and delete - them.

This week, former Amazon exec Robert Fredrick admitted he turns off his Alexa app when he wants to have private conversations as he doesn't want strangers listening in.

This is because Amazon employs 'graders' who listen to clips to ensure your Alexa is working as intended. In this way, the device stores short voice clips, every time you give Alexa command, which is then sent to the quality control workers. Y'see?

However, sometimes Alexa records snippets of your conversation by accident when it think you've said the command word. Those with family members named Alex, Alexa or any similar variation will know this all too well.

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Alexa can sometimes get it wrong, and record snippets of our conversation when she thinks we've said her name (Credit: PA)
Alexa can sometimes get it wrong, and record snippets of our conversation when she thinks we've said her name (Credit: PA)

Luckily, there's a super easy way to find your recordings, listen to them, and delete them, so Amazon can store nothing on you.

Firstly, you need to open you Alexa app on your smartphone or tablet and navigate to Setting on the upper left menu bar. Next, tap Alexa Privacy and scroll down to Review Voice History.

On your Alexa app, navigate to Settings (Credit: Tyla/ Alexa)
On your Alexa app, navigate to Settings (Credit: Tyla/ Alexa)

You can select which time period you'd like to pull up recordings for, including an option for your entire history, and all of the recordings will soon appear.

To listen to each recording, simply tap the arrow in the right hand corner and click the small play button.

Click the dropdown button by the recording, and press the small play button to hear it (Credit: Tyla/Amazon)
Click the dropdown button by the recording, and press the small play button to hear it (Credit: Tyla/Amazon)

Sufficiently creeped out? Good, now it's time to delete - if you want.

To delete, simply tick the boxes next to the recording you want to be deleted and select 'Delete Selected Recordings' so wipe them. For ease, you can also wipe all of your recording at once, thought this might not be the best idea (more on that later).

Not many know you can enable voice deletion on your device (Credit: Tyla/Amazon)
Not many know you can enable voice deletion on your device (Credit: Tyla/Amazon)

Now, while the thought of Alexa having recordings of you is all very 'the robots are storing our information', it might not be the best idea to wipe all of your recording history.

Though deleting them is going to give you peace of mind, it'll probably make your experience with the device a whole lot worse.

Alexa learns your voice over time, ultimately improving your experience, and deleting this is going to undo all this work. So maybe just have a look what recordings were made by mistake, and delete as necessary.

Now you can smugly tell that friend of yours that your privacy is ensured.

Featured Image Credit: PA

Topics: Life News, tech, Amazon

Ciara Sheppard

Ciara is a freelance writer working for Tyla. After graduating with an English Lit and Media degree from the University of Sussex, Ciara held jobs at GLAMOUR and Yahoo Style before packing up for a solo travelling trip around South America.

 

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