Google can store everything you say to your Google home and keep your recordings forever, just as Alexa does. Google has recently changed the default behavior to not keep the recordings. But that change only affected new users, not existing ones.
Google Home Record What You Say
Your Google Home mostly spends listening to their waking words, "Hello Google" or "OK Google." The device then records everything you say after the word of word and send it to Google's servers to analyze. Google must temporarily store these recordings. But Google can store what you say forever.
As the Washington Post points out, the recordings always used to be the standard behavior, but it is no longer. Google now logs you in to send your company voice recordings. However, Google just made the change for new users and not existing users. If your account has previously sent voice recordings to Google, it will continue to do so until you turn it off.
We've covered before why companies keep your data like this, but it's pretty straight forward. Artificial intelligence is not very intelligent, and as far as voice assistants have come, they still lack the mark often. As Amazon does for Alexa, Google uses people to listen to your commands, compare them with what the assistant thought it heard and how it responded. Google uses this process to improve its performance or learn what features users want to implement that do not yet exist.
Trying to improve Google assistant is good, but changing the default behavior from opt-out to login is even better. Google is way ahead of Amazon on this front – with Alexa the standard is still recording and worse than, you can't opt out at all.
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How to stop Google from collecting voice recordings
If you are an existing user working under the old default values, it's good that you can tell for Google to stop collecting your voice recordings. The even better news is that it is incredibly easy to do.
To stop this, go to the Google activity control site. Scroll to "Voice and Sound Activity" and turn it off. You'll see a warning saying that Google devices may not understand you when you say "Hello Google," but we think it's old warning text.
Click on the "Pause" option at the bottom of the alert.
You have to repeat. This process with every Google account you have connected to your Google home. This setting applies to any device that you can say "Hello Google" to, from your phone to a Nest Home Hub (formerly known as a Google Home Hub) to a Lenovo smart display.
How to remove all your voice recordings
] Now that you've closed the voice collection, you can delete what Google already has. Just click on "Manage Activity" under the switch on the Activity Control website.
Click "Delete activity after" in the upper left corner of the page.
Select which recordings you want to delete. To delete everything, click on the box under "Delete by date" and select "Always".
Click "Delete" to delete the selected recordings.
It's amazing that Google enabled a more privacy-protected option for new users. We wish Google had made the change retroactive, however. Hopefully, Amazon will be in conflict and will provide all similar controls in the future.