Is your Amazon Echo always listening to you and recording all your conversations? In short, yes and no. The Echo’s AI system is always listening for the wake word – Alexa or Computer or whatever you’ve set it to – but it is not always recording. The recording starts when the wake words are spoken, and the recording is then sent to Amazon’s cloud servers for processing. Those recordings are all stored there until you delete them.
Here’s how to listen to everything that your Amazon Echo has recorded, and then delete those recordings.
But before you go on an Echo-recordings-deleting spree, you need to understand that past commands help Amazon Alexa understand your needs in a more personalized way. Deleting all your past recordings will hamper that ability.
Listen To and Delete Selected Recordings Made by Amazon Echo
To listen to your recordings, you can go to the Amazon Alexa app on a smartphone or tablet, go to Settings > History. There, you’ll be able to see the tens, hundreds or thousands of entries stored on Amazon’s cloud servers, depending on how busy you’ve been keeping Alexa on your Amazon Echo device.
You can listen to any of those recordings, which will be served from the cloud. To delete just a few recordings, select the ones you want to delete and then hit ‘Delete.’
Listen To and Delete All Recordings Made by Amazon Echo
What if you want to delete the whole bunch of them? That could take hours or days if you do them one by one. To delete your entire recordings history, you’ll need to open up your browser and go to www.amazon.com/mycd, where you’ll be asked to sign in with the same ID you used on the Alexa app.
Once logged in, you’ll be able to view the audio files, listen to them and delete everything that was ever recorded since you bought your Amazon Echo.
But again, be warned that if you delete everything, it’ll be like Alexa has to start learning again from scratch, which you might not want. Alternatively, you can delete the oldest recordings – the ones that were made when you first bought the device and asked test questions before you got the hang of it.
Remember, Amazon Echo only records voice commands that are heard after the wake word is spoken, so you don’t have to worry about Alexa spying on you, as many people believe. She’s always listening, it’s true, but she doesn’t send any data to Amazon until an authentic voice command is issued.
That’s how it works. If not, your Amazon Echo would be the size of a large bedroom, or even as large as your house, because that’s how much computing power artificial intelligence needs in order to be “intelligent.” That’s the reason nearly everything is processed on the cloud – it can’t be otherwise; at least, not until processing power evolves to a much, much greater level than it is today.
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