The moment you can talk to something in your house and it can do everything from playing your favourite music, to controlling the lights and activating your microwave, you know the future really is here.
However, you do also have to accept that there is a device in your home that is listening for its “wake word”. Which means it’s listening to you pretty much all the time. This fact can obviously make people a little uneasy and that's hardly surprising.
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The good news is that the Google Home will not record what you’re saying unless you use it’s “wake word”, which in this case is “Ok, Google”. So while it may be listening, it’s not saving your casual conversations around the house.
When you do say “Ok, Google”, the device will record your phrase and upload it to the Cloud. Your speech will then be recognised and the relevant data is sent back down for the Assistant to relay. These voice clips are stored on the Cloud however, and saved there. There will be a record there for every question you have ever asked your Google Home Assistant.
We’re going to show you how to delete these recordings.
How to delete Google Home voice data
- You’ll need to visit a part of Google’s website in order to delete any voice data that it has stored.
- Make sure you’re logged into your Google account, and go to this link: https://myactivity.google.com/myactivity
- At the top of the screen you will find a drop-down button called “Filter by date and Product”. Clicking on this will bring up a list of available filters.
- Tick the “Voice and Audio” box and hit search. You will then be able to see all voice recordings from the specified date range. You can delete them here by opening up the menu on each clip and hitting delete.
- If you’d like to delete all your recordings at once, open up the action menu in the search bar, and click “Delete results”.