According to The Independent, Google’s voice search function doesn’t just turn on when you ask it to. Rather, it records almost everything.
Feeling unnerved yet? Well, it gets even wilder. You see, you can listen to the recordings Google has stored and associated with your name simply by visiting this webpage.
There’s also this webpage that will show you how much Google knows about your every move on the internet.
Both webpages will contain information from not only computers but any Android device you’ve logged in to your Google account.
How to Delete the Recordings
Luckily, if you’re not too happy about Google having potentially hours of your voice in its database, you can delete those files.
Beside each file’s title you’ll see a checkbox.
Just select the three dots top right and select delete
How to Stop Google from Recording You Again
Now, as The Independent points out, stopping Google from recording you does result in some limited functionality if you’re using an Android phone or the company’s search.
However, you may be someone whose concern for privacy is much greater than finding what you’re looking for easily. If so, begin by never using Google’s voice search functions again. Follow up by disabling Google’s voice search.
- Navigate to Settings
- Tap the General tab
- Under “Personal” find “Language & keyboard”
- Find “Google voice typing” and tap the Settings button
- Tap “Ok Google” Detection
- Under the “From the Google app” option, move the slider to the left. If Google voice is already enabled move the slider to the left of “From any screen” or “Trusted Voice” and the “From the Google app” will appear.