How to prevent Google Assistant from recording your conversations

Google keeps track of all your interactions with its applications and services, and so do the voice recordings of Google Home and Google Assistant speakers. Fortunately, it is possible to take advantage of all their features, without Google storing everything in its databases!

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Google keeps track of all your interactions and personal data by default that you generate over the course of your use. This data collection allows Google to better personalize the user experience, and to a large extent to offer it increasingly targeted advertising.

However, in the case of Google Assistant and Google Home products, if Google spends so much money and server resources to record everything, it is because assistants and connected speakers are constantly improving thanks to artificial intelligence and machine learning. That must be fed with an immense volume of data.

But since these assistants have carved out a place of choice in homes, a few scandals have broken out. Especially when Google used human operators to improve voice recognition. At the risk of sharing recordings containing information that is sometimes sensitive and identifiable without the users' knowledge.

How to turn off recording of conversations by Google

Fortunately, it is easy to turn off this recording of conversations in your Activity history :

  • Login to the page Activity of your account Google By clicking on this link
  • Click on the hamburger menu at the top left then go to Activity-related commands
  • In the first section, uncheck Include voice and audio recordings

The recording of your voice conversations is now deactivated. Note, however, that the recordings already made remain on Google's servers. However, you can delete them individually via your activity history. If needed, you can follow this tutorial to delete your entire voice command activity history.

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