You can automatically delete them!
That's right: you can decide to permanently delete all recordings of your conversations with Alexa that are more than 3 months old or more than 18 months old -- and you can do so on an ongoing basis.
What does "on an ongoing basis" mean? Say that today you enable the privacy setting that automatically deletes recordings of your Alexa interactions that are 18 or more months old. Of course, all the recordings that are 18+ months old today will be deleted. But that's not all! Every day in the future, Amazon will also automatically go in and delete any of your recordings that are older than 18 months. Pretty handy!
Wondering why Alexa needs to record you at all? In order to process what you have asked when you say “Alexa, what’s the weather?” and give you a helpful response, Alexa needs to send what you said to the Amazon cloud. That’s where the actual analysis — taking your voice recording’s sound waves and figuring out a response — happens.
Do This Now: 6 easy steps to automatically delete Alexa recordings (takes 30 sec!)
Personal Note: I decided to auto-delete my recordings that are 18+ months old. My hope is this will improve my privacy while not significantly degrading Alexa's ability to understand my voice and provide a personalized experience.
- Open the Alexa App
- Tap the hamburger icon in the upper left corner
- Tap "Settings"
- Tap "Alexa Privacy"
- Tap "Manage Your Alexa Data"
- Tap "Automatically delete recordings," make your selection and tap the "Confirm" button
For more privacy pro tips, check out The 5 Alexa Privacy Tips You Need To Know