How to prevent Amazon from listening to your Alexa use

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If you have a smartphone or digital assistant device, chances are you’ve wondered just how often it’s listening to you. A recent report indicated that Amazon employees are tasked with analyzing your Alexa conversations. Here’s how to prevent Amazon from listening.

While the company claims this only happens after the wake word is used, not every user is on board with having their conversations analyzed by a human being. Luckily, you can disable your Alexa interactions from being sent to Amazon for further analysis.

In the Amazon Alexa app on your smartphone, follow these steps:

  1. Select the menu (three horizontal lines) on the top left of the app.
  2. Select “Settings.”
  3. Select “Alexa account.”
  4. Select “Alexa privacy.”
  5. Select “Manage how your data improves Alexa.”
  6. Turn the button next to “Help develop new features” to off.
  7. Turn the button under “Use messages to improve transcriptions” to off.

So there you have it, a pretty easy way to prevent Amazon from using your Alexa interactions being analyzed by live humans and used to improve the service. Of course, if you want to be totally sure Amazon isn’t listening in, you could always stop using their digital voice assistant altogether — but of course, we know that’s unlikely to happen.

What do you think about Amazon using humans to listen to and your Alexa interactions? Will you be disabling these settings on your devices to prevent Amazon from listening in? Let us know in the comments below or on Twitter, Facebook, or MeWe.

Last Updated on February 3, 2021.


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