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Can Alexa Record Conversations in a Room – Full Explanation
Undoubtedly, Alexa is one of the best and most revolutionary devices available today. It has allowed us to convert our home into a smart home by equipping it with the most advanced and connected network of devices.
However, with almost every smart device, people are considering their privacy more than ever. Alexa is an intelligent home assistant, which means it needs to hear us all the time to understand what we want and when we want. Although hearing and recording are two different things, do you think Alexa records conversations without our permission?
In this article, we will answer the most common questions every Alexa user has asked on community forums and social media.
- Can Alexa record conversations in a room (secretly)?
- How do I know if Alexa is recording me?
- Can Alexa record conversations remotely?
- Can Alexa record when the internet goes out?
- How to use Alexa to record conversations?
You will get answers to all these questions. Keep reading.
Can Alexa record conversations in a room(secretly)?
As you may know, Alexa and every other AI-powered smart device improve their algorithms and accuracy by learning from real-life data, therefore, it is the nature of Amazon Alexa to listen to whatever we say.
We all know the wake-up word “Alexa.” Although we use this word to interact with Alexa, it is actually listening to us even when we are not actively interacting with it.
But that does not mean Alexa secretly records conversations in your room. The only time Alexa records conversations are when we are interacting with it, and every recording is stored on the cloud, as we have mentioned earlier.
Another benefit of storing conversations is that you can always go back and listen to them, which means you have access to everything you did, all movies you watched, all songs you listened to, all people you called, etc. using Alexa.
Now, you may wonder if you can delete these records manually. Of course, it is possible to delete all the data recorded by your Alexa, and here is how you can do that.
How to delete conversations stored by Alexa
According to Amazon, deleting recordings does not help Alexa to improve over time, so if you are going to delete all the data, please keep that in mind.
Follow the below steps to delete the stored recordings on Alexa (voice history) using the Alexa app on your smartphone.
- Open the Alexa app
- Tap on the menu icon (top left) and then tap on Settings
- Tap Alexa Privacy under settings
- Now, tap on Review Voice History;
- Select and remove the recordings that you want.
Alternatively, you can delete voice history using your computer/laptop. Here is how:
Note: Login to your Amazon account before following these steps.
- Click on Review History; and
- Delete recordings that you want.
If you do not ever like Alexa to keep the conversations on the cloud, at the end of the day, you can simply command Alexa to delete all the recordings on that very same day.
But, before you can do that, you have to enable the “deletion by voice.” Here is how to do that:
- Head over to the Alexa app;
- Tap on the menu icon > Settings;
- Then, tap on Alexa privacy > Manage your Alexa data; and
- Switch the toggle to turn on “Enable deletion by voice.”
Now, you have to say, “Alexa, delete voice history today” or “Alexa, delete everything I said today,” and then your Alexa will delete all the recordings from the voice history.
You can even set up Alexa to delete conversations on a monthly basis. To do that, check this out.
How do I know if Alexa is recording me?
Now, you know whenever you say “Alexa”, “Alexa do this,” or “Alexa do that”, the Alexa will not only start listening to you, but it will also start recording the conversation between you and the device. Note that it will record other background noises as well (such as a person speaking while you are talking to Alexa).
The most convenient part of this is that there is nothing to check. You can simply know that Alexa functions by looking at your Echo speaker; the light color will change to blue whenever it is recording all the sounds it hears. It also makes a sound whenever you interact with it, which means you are being recorded.
Can Alexa record conversations remotely?
Due to privacy reasons, you cannot use Alexa to record conversations remotely, but there is a drop-in feature that you can use to listen to them remotely.
The drop-in feature in Alexa is not a feature to spy on someone. The other person must have first added you as a contact before you can put a drop-in on their Alexa devices.
Also, whenever this feature is working, the other person will receive a notification in both audio and visual aspects (by changing the color of the light).
If you do not want strangers to drop-in on your Alexa device, you can disable the drop-in feature for your contacts. You can also change some settings on Alexa to keep unwanted strangers away. How?
- Open Alexa app;
- Go to devices;
- Tap on Echo and Alexa;
- Select your device; and
- Tap on the do not disturb, and turn it on.
Please note that the do not disturb feature will also turn off calls and message notifications.
Can Alexa record when the internet goes out
Although Alexa can work without the internet, to store conversations it needs a working internet connection. Since Alexa does not have any storage device equipped with it, without an internet connection, Alexa cannot record or store any conversations between you and the device.
How to use Alexa to record conversations?
Alexa does not have a feature to record conversations automatically, but you can use the wake-up word “Alexa” to trigger the device, and it will then start recording conversations automatically. Then, to customize it, you can go to the voice history and review and manage the recordings on your own.
We hope that you have all the solutions you need. If you still have any questions regarding conversation recording on Alexa, you can leave a comment below. We will be there to answer your questions.
Thank you for reading this article. Have a great day!
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