How to Delete Google Assistant Recordings

google assistant recordings

Google Assistant can add a lot of convenience to your life, but that comes with some privacy sacrifices. Everything you say to Google is being recorded, but there are several ways to delete these recordings.

Having recordings made by the Google Assistant sounds scarier than it really is. For starters, it’s important to understand that Google only records you when the process is initiated with the “Hey/OK Google” command (or manually). The recordings are then used to improve voice-matching.

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Google offers several different methods for dealing with these recordings, and there’s something for every type of privacy-conscious person out there.

Manually Delete Google Assistant Recordings

First, let’s go the manual route and delete recordings after they’ve already been stored. Open your web browser and navigate to myaccount.google.com. Make sure you’re signed in to the same Google account as your Assistant-powered smart speakers or displays.

myaccount page

Next, go to the “Data & Personalization” tab.

data and personalization tab

Look for the “Activity Controls” section and click “Web & App Activity.”

click web and app activity

Now, select “Manage Activity.”

select manage activity

Click “Filter by Date & Product” and select “Assistant” from the menu.

filter and select Assistant

The list will now only show Google Assistant queries. The queries are organized by date, and you can delete all entries from a day by clicking the “X” icon.

delete everything from a day

Entries that have a recording attached are indicated by a microphone icon. Click “Details” if you would like to delete a specific entry.

details for a recording entry

Then select the three-dot menu icon and click “Delete.”

delete the recording

That’s it. You can access this page and delete entries at any time.

Auto-Delete Google Assistant Recordings

google auto delete

If you don’t want to deal with manually deleting your data all the time, Google makes it possible to auto-delete things after a certain length of time. This allows you to get the best of both worlds. Assistant will get better at recognizing your voice, but recording won’t be stored forever.

We have a full guide on setting up the auto-delete feature. You’ll be able to choose between having things deleted after three months, 18 months, or 36 months. We highly recommend doing this if you use Google Assistant.

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Opt-out of Recordings Completely

Google allows you to completely opt-out of recordings altogether. It’s very easy to turn it off.

Open your web browser and navigate to myaccount.google.com. Make sure you’re signed in.

google myactivity controls

Next, go to the “Data & Personalization” tab.

data and personalization tab

Look for the “Activity Controls” section and click “Web & App Activity.”

click web and app activity

Navigate to “Include Audio Recordings” and uncheck the box.

uncheck include audio recordings

A message will open and explain what happens if you stop saving audio recordings. Click “Stop Saving” if you’re sure.

stop saving recordings

From now on, recordings will not be saved on your Google account. Simple as that.

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