Google Assistant voice recordings: How to view and delete data from Google Home

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How to delete Google Assistant recordings

Privacy in the smart home is a hot topic in 2019, with users increasingly interested in what data is being recorded and stored by companies and voice assistants, like Google and the Assistant.

The good news is that despite Google recording your voice data whenever you wake it up, you do have considerable control over what is stored. And, in this guide, we'll be detailing how to view, listen and remove Google Assistant recordings.

Full guide: How Google handles your voice data

Naturally, there's some personal information that Google requires to make its line of smart speakers more helpful, but below we'll provide a step-by-step guide to understanding exactly what you can and can't control.

How to view and delete Google Assistant recordings

Google Assistant voice recordings: How to view and delete data from Google Home

Google makes it quite straightforward to access Google Home interactions, but how much you delete is up to you. Google now lets you remove individual recordings, delete between specific dates or set your account up to automatically delete after a certain amount of time. We'll show you how to do it all below.

Delete recordings individually

1. Go to the Google Home app.

2. Tap the Account tab in the bottom-right corner, and then My Activity.

3. Scroll through the list to find a recording you want to delete.

4. Tap the three dots to the right of the recording and tap the Delete tab.

In this list, Google shows a transcript of the command and its response. It also allows you to play back audio recordings, though you'll likely find that some will be lost in your account and simply show up as 'Unknown Voice Command'.

Delete recordings between specific dates

1. Go to the Google Home app.

2. Tap the Account tab in the bottom-right corner and then My Activity.

3. In the search box at the top, tap the three dots on the right-hand side.

4. In the dropdown box, tap Delete Activity By.

5. This will take you to a new screen, where you can delete everything from that day, yesterday, the last week, last month or all time. You can also manually input dates you want to delete between.

Delete recordings automatically

If you don't want to keep manually deleting recordings picked up by the Assistant, you can also choose to have your activity removed automatically.

1. Go to the Google Home app.

2. Tap the Account tab in the bottom-right corner and then My Activity.

3. Before your stream of recordings, tap the tap that says, "Your activity is being kept until you delete it manually". Tap the tab that says, "Choose to delete automatically".

4. Keeping data until you delete it is the default setting, but you can choose to keep either for 18 months or three months before it disappears automatically.

Are recordings deleted entirely, or does Google keep a copy?

When you delete items from My Activity, as we instructed above, Google says they are permanently deleted from your Google Account. However, Google also indicates that it may keep service-related information about your account, like which Google products you used and when, to prevent spam and abuse and to improve its services.

What happens to data if you uninstall Google Home app?

Since all your recordings are linked to your Google account, it doesn't make a difference if you uninstall the Google Home app, stop using your device, or, as Google itself describes, delete your account. Whatever is in your My Activity section will live there until you've deleted it, or not.


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