How to tell if your Amazon Alexa is quietly recording private conversations

YOUR Alexa listens to your chats – even if you have NOT asked her to.

Luckily, spying on you isn’t a nefarious plan, but you should still check what she heard.

Amazon Echo speakers are constantly waiting to hear


Amazon Echo speakers are constantly waiting to hear “Alexa.”Photo credit: Getty – Contributor

1) Does Amazon Alexa record conversations?

Amazon Echo speakers are an amazing gadget that can make your home life easier and more interesting.

However, sometimes Alexa will record you without your knowledge, thinking you said her name.

It’s basically impossible to stop Alexa from recording private conversations.

A former Amazon executive has admitted that employees sometimes accidentally eavesdrop on your conversations through Alexa.

2) Who can overhear your conversations?

Alexa’s tendency to accidentally dial into your chats creates a privacy nightmare, as Amazon sometimes sends these voice clips to people for “rating.”

The system was designed to improve Alexa, but some might find it creepy.

You can turn off human grading in settings, but you’ll still have a huge backlog of recordings in your Alexa app.

Many of these are likely to be accidental recordings saved by an overzealous Alexa.

Alexa will always flash a blue ring when she’s recording speech.

But it’s easy not to notice – so checking your Alexa app’s voice logs is very important.

3) How to find your Alexa recordings

Alexa records snippets of everything you say to her, so you have tons of audio files in your app.

But Amazon helpfully flags the recordings it believes weren’t intended for Alexa’s ears.

First, open the Alexa app on your smartphone or tablet.

Tap the menu bar on the left, then tap Settings.

Next, tap Alexa Privacy, then go to Check Voice History.

Here you can review any voice recordings that Alexa has recorded for you.

To listen to the Alexa recordings, just tap on the text you want to hear and then click the little play icon.

Sometimes Alexa will indicate when it thinks an audio recording wasn’t meant for her.

The text is not displayed in this case, but you can still listen to the audio file.

To find those accidental recordings, just search: “Audio was not intended for this device.”


4) How to delete your Alexa recordings

To delete audio recordings, individually tap on the empty boxes next to each recording to “tick” it.

Then go to the top of the list and click “Delete Selected Recordings” to delete those individual files.

You can also select a date range such as Today, This Week, or All History and then press Delete All Recordings for that date range.

If you only want to delete recordings for a specific speaker, you can tap Filter by device and select the exact Alexa gadget you’re looking for.

You can also enable deletion by voice on this page.

If you turn it on, you can use voice commands to delete recordings.

Just say either “Alexa, delete what I just said” or “Alexa, delete everything I said today”.

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