Automatically delete recordings
Remember when we first discovered that Amazon’s Alexa was overhearing, recording and storing all of our conversations with other people?
customers were not happy. So Amazon rolled out a feature that allowed us to wipe the slate clean with Alexa. All we have to say is, “Alexa, delete everything I said today” and not only is it gone, but it is also not stored anywhere.
To enable this feature, using your app, go to Settings >> Alexa Account >> Alexa Privacy >> Review Voice History and slide the toggle to the right that says “Enable deletion by voice.”
Remove Alexa search history
Unfortunately, the delete everything command did not erase past search history. You still have to do that manually, at least for now.
Here’s how you can delete individual files:
Open the Alexa app and go into the “Settings” section.
Select “Alexa Account” and then “History” and you’ll see a list of all the entries.
Select an entry and tap the Delete button.
To delete all recordings through your Alexa app, tap Settings >> Alexa Account >> Alexa Privacy >> Review Voice History. On this page, you’ll see a drop-down menu under Date Range with a default setting of Today. Tap on that menu and change Today to All History. Then, tap on Delete All Recordings for All History.
If you want to delete all the recordings with a single click, visit the “Manage Your Content and Devices” page at amazon.com/mycd.
This sounds great, but there is one caveat. Amazon warns us that “deleting voice recordings may degrade your Alexa experience.” That means Alexa’s artificial intelligence (AR) program won’t be very personalized and it may impede her ability to learn from your commands.
Change Alexa’s voice
First off, you can’t turn Alexa into Alex. But you can change her language and accent.
Want Alexa’s English to have a Canadian or U.K. accent? Maybe you want to change her language altogether. Now you can.
Simply open your Alexa app and tap the three-line hamburger menu in the upper left corner. Then, tap Settings >> Device Settings and select the Alexa-enabled device you want to change languages on. (Note: You’ll see a list of Alexa-enabled devices that you own.) Scroll down and select Languages.
This will open a list of languages to pick from, select the one you want. A confirmation pop-up will appear asking if you want to change Alexa’s language, tap OK. Go ahead and test a few out before deciding to find the one you like best. That’s it, now you can set your Alexa apart from your friends.
Set up multi-room audio
That brings us to multi-room audio, because if you have multiple Echo devices in your home, why should your favorite music be limited to only one at a time? This is also easy to set up.
You’ll need to create a Multi-Room Music group through the Alexa app by following these steps:
- Click on Devices in the lower right-hand corner of the app.
- At the top right, look for the + sign.
- Choose Add Multi-Room Music Speakers.
- You’ll find suggested names for the group, or you can create your own by tapping on Custom Name.
- Select which devices you want to include and tap Create Group.
Let’s say you named your group music. To test it out, you can say something like: “Alexa, play my summer playlist music.” See? Nothing to it.
Use the ones you already have or buy some new Echo products and connect the devices through the Alexa app. Put the Echos in your kids’ rooms, the kitchen, the family room — basically put them anywhere you think they will meet your needs.
First, you’ll need to make sure the Drop-In feature is enabled on each of your Echo devices.
- Tap Devices at the bottom of the Alexa app, then look for the Echo & Alexa option at the top left.
- Select an Echo device and then tap Communications.
- Select Drop-In, where you can enable the feature.
Once they’re set up, you can use your voice by saying, “Alexa, drop in on the living room Echo,” depending on what you’ve named the devices. You can also access the feature through the Alexa app by tapping on Communicate at the bottom of the home screen and selecting Drop-In.
Now you can make announcements like “Dinner’s ready” that will be heard through every device.