, and are now more cautious than ever when speaking to their smart home devices, after a string of revelations that these companies have been without their consent. Since then, , and have either suspended the activity of having humans review voice recordings (they claim this improves accuracy), or have begun allowing people to opt-in or out.
However, if you’re still concerned about your privacy, you can put a stop to strangers listening to your voice commands and completely wipe all interactions you’ve made with your device. These options are available for Google Home ($79 at Walmart), Amazon Echo ($43 at Amazon) and HomePod ($299 at Walmart) devices. Here’s what to do.
Keep Amazon, Google and Apple from listening to your commands
Amazon: You can finally put a stop toto your voice recordings. In the Alexa app, go to Settings > Alexa Privacy > Manage Your Alexa Data. From here, turn off the toggle switch that says “Use Voice Recordings to Improve Amazon Services to Develop New Features.”
Google: Google hasof audio recordings. However, if you’re still cautious, go to myaccount.google.com > Web & App Activity. Next, uncheck the box that says Include voice and audio recordings.
Apple: In August, ($660 at Amazon) Settings > Privacy > Analytics and Improvements > turn off Improve Siri & Dictation.without your permission. The company can only receive your audio data if you choose to opt-in. If you opt-in and change your mind, go to your iPhone’s
Delete your voice recordings
Amazon: This year, Amazon announced two new Alexa commands that will let you delete your voice transcripts by asking Alexa. Just say “Alexa, delete everything I said today” or “Alexa, delete what I just said.”
If you prefer to, open the Alexa app and go to Settings > Alexa Privacy > Review Voice History > Delete All Recordings for All History.
Google: 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
Apple: A new feature that comes with the iOS 13.2 update lets you. Open your Settings > Siri & Search > Siri & Dictation History > and select Delete Siri & Dictation History.
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Originally published earlier this month.