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How to Delete Alexa Voice Recordings

It's easy and can be done directly via the Alexa app.

If you're worried about your Alexa device randomly recording your conversations and sending them to people in your contact list like the Portland couple who were recently in the news, you can easily delete what has been recorded on your device by following these steps. The steps are all the same regardless if you have an Echo Dot, Amazon Echo, Echo Plus, Echo Spot or Echo Show.

Deleting Specific Alexa Recordings

  1. Open the Alexa app on your phone or tablet.
  2. Tap the hamburger menu on the top left of your screen. It's the button with three horizontal lines.
  3. Tap Settings.
  4. Scroll down and tap History.
  5. Tap on the voice recording you want to listen to or delete, and then tap the Delete Voice Recording button.

Delete All Alexa Voice Recordings

If you prefer to remove all voice recordings all at once, you can do so from the device management page in your Amazon account. Amazon warns that this will affect the performance of your Alexa devices since you're essentially wiping it clean. The more you use your device(s), the better it supposedly gets at interpreting your commands. If you delete all voice recordings, you send Alexa back to the infant stage.

  1. Navigate to the device management page on your computer.
  2. Locate the Alexa device you want to remove recordings from.
  3. Click the button with three dots to the left of your device name and then the Manage Voice Recordings link.
  4. Click Delete.


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just say "stop recording alexa", what alexa would do? SmilieSmilieSmilie
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Our community has rated this post as helpful. If you agree, why not rep wiggumc1?
Don't use Alexa and "she" can't record. Just because Alexa has "deleted" your recording doesn't mean Amazon doesn't still have it somewhere.

Also, why does Alexa record and save by default? Shouldn't that be something I turn ON instead of having to be told it's on and that I should turn it OFF?
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just say "stop recording alexa", what alexa would do?
alexa will recording all things except for alexa lol....
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For the most part, this is fake news, Alexa only listens for the wake word. Then proceed to listen for what you want, if by some lottery of similar sounding sequential words leads to telling Alexa to send a msg to your contacts, it's not really any different than a butt dial msg, except its so much harder to accidentally do. There are multiple confirmation questions throughout, I almost doubt the nature of the referenced story being accidental.

Alexa's recordings help her understand you better, and only what you said after the wake word is part of them. You can change the wake word if its something you inadvertently do also.
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