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How to hear (and delete) every conversation your Amazon Alexa has recorded

Posted 5/29/2018

If you haven't already heard recently a couple in Portland Oregon received a phone call from a friend saying, "Unplug your Alexa right now, you're being hacked."

Turns out that their Alexa-powered Echo had misheard something causing it to record their conversation and send it to a friend. The couple, of course, felt uneasy and unplugged all the devices.  Was this an overreaction? Well in a word yes.  After reading many articles about this it's easy to see it was just a freak set of circumstances.  Here is a quick little tutorial on how to keep this from happening to you.

First of all, hopefully, you have your Alexa app on your smart device. On the left side of the app click the menu button (that's the 3 lines aka the hamburger icon).  Click on the settings menu, then find History.

Once you are in the History area you will be able to see all the commands you have ever given Alexa, from your music request to how many times you asked for the weather. You will also see all those times she thought she heard her name.

You may see a few items with the note "text not available." Click on these and you can listen to the recordings of what you or someone said to activate Alexa.

If you aren't comfortable with Amazon and Alexa recording your history you can delete it on an individual basis or you can go to Amazon's Manage your Content and Devices page and wipe it completely. It's important to note that Alexa is a learning device and it is very possible you can degrade your experience by removing these recordings.