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Alexa Tip: Playback for Everything Alexa Has Ever Heard You Say

For those that believe that Alexa, Google, Bixby, Cortana and other voice AI technologies are listening and capturing too much of our conversations, here’s an Alexa tip to send you over the top.

1. In the Alexa app go to Settings-History.


2. In the list provided tap or click on any item.

Alexa recorded history

3. Now, tap or click the “Play” icon.

Alexa playback

Alexa will play back recorded audio of the voice command you issued exactly as spoken. Keep in mind, though, Alexa only records the content after the “wake word” (not that that’s any consolation for some) while Google (and possibly others) listen all the time. If you sift through your Alexa History list, you’ll see that Alexa has kept recordings since you first put the device on your network. If this creeps you out, you can also use this area to “Delete voice recordings.” This function only works for the recording you are currently viewing, though.  If you want to delete multiple voice recordings at once, you have to go to Amazon’s web site at to the Manage Your Content and Devices page. Amazon offers this ability to remove the recordings, but also says that doing so will degrade your Alexa experience.


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