Is Alexa always listening? Whether it is recording our conversations? Does it save everything to the cloud, are some most basic questions users ask.
Here are answers to some commonly asked questions about Alexa Privacy.
Is Alexa listening all the time?
According to Amazon, Alexa only responds to certain wake-up words or if it is activated using the dedicated button on the Echo devices. Only then it starts recording and sending users requests to Amazon secure cloud.
Does Alexa record anything and everything?
The simple answer is no. As already mentioned Alexa starts recording after listening to wake up words [Alexa, Amazon, Computer, or Echo]. Amazon has also specified that Alexa understands the Wake up by identifying acoustic patterns that match the wake word.
How does Alexa process the commands and requests?
After responding to wake up words, Alexa starts recording the user’s question. Then it sends it to Amazon cloud where the request gets processed for Alexa to respond to the query.
How to check whether the audio is being sent to Amazon cloud?
Amazon says that all Echo devices represent recording and cloud sharing using a visual indicator. The light ring or bar on Echo devices turn Blue. Users also have the option to configure Alexa to play an audio cue when an audio is sent to the cloud.
Do users have the option to review and delete all their voice recordings stored with Amazon?
Yes, Amazon gives users the option to review all the voice recordings saved by Alexa on Amazon cloud server.
They can view and sort recordings one-by-one, by date range, by Alexa devices or all at once.
You can do this by visiting:
Is there any option to delete recordings automatically?
Yes, Amazon also gives users the option to enable auto delete voice recordings using the Alexa app. In fact, users can directly ask Alexa to delete all the saved recordings.
To setup auto delete Alexa recordings:
To delete voice recordings by voice: Say these commands to Alexa
- Alexa, delete what I just said
- Alexa, delete everything I said today
- Alexa, delete all my recordings