How to view and delete your Google Voice Search history

How to view and delete your Google Voice Search history

Although not a true voice assistant, Google's Voice Search is a really useful function that Android device owners can make use of to control their smartphone or tablet without having to actually touch the device. But did you know that Google stores all of your voice searches? And it's not just the search query that it's storing either, as we're about to show you how to listen to the actual audio file that Voice Search records when you're performing a search, a file that eventually gets uploaded to Google servers.

Here are the steps you can take to view, manage, and delete your Google Voice Search history. Once we're done with these steps, we'll also show you how to turn off data collection.

Step 1. Go to this page, and check out all of your Google Voice searches. You'll be presented with a list view containing all of your voice commands sorted by date. 

How to view and delete your Google Voice Search history


Step 2. To listen the audio files that Google Voice Search recorded, click the play button next to a specific query. Note that Google also stores commands that it did not properly identify. That's right, data origination from all of those accidental Voice Search activations in your pocket have been recorded and uploaded to Google servers.

Step 3. To delete your Google Voice Search history, click the three-dot 'Menu' icon in the upper left corner, then choose "Delete Options".

How to view and delete your Google Voice Search history


Step 4. A menu will pop up. You can delete the voice searches for today, yesterday, or a custom timeframe. To delete all of our voice searches, click on the "Advanced" radio button, then choose "All Time" from the next menu.

Step 5. Hit the "Remove" button, and Google will delete your voice search history.

Now that you've deleted your Google Voice Search history, follow these simple steps to opt out of the data-collecting procedure.

Step 6. Head on to this page. If the slider is set to its blue state, Google is collecting your voice searches.

How to view and delete your Google Voice Search history


Step 7. To pause data collection, click the slider to the right, then click the "Pause" button. Note that pausing data collection will not delete the files that Google previously uploaded.

There you go, now you know how to view your Google Voice Search history, listen to the audio files associated with search queries, delete your voice search history, and then opt-out of data collection. 

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1 Comment

1. shahrooz

Posts: 792; Member since: Sep 17, 2013

you should mention that why they collect voice recordings: mainly for improvement of the system.

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