Settings to protect your privacy when using Google Assistant

Google Assistant has been known to make a hole in Android phones. In addition, the assistant has more and more functions, so for many users it is already essential. We can use it for all kinds of actions, such as checking the weather, the news or even making calls using apps like WhatsApp.

These are all very useful functions, which allow a good use of Google Assistant on the phone. By continuously using it, a lot of data is accumulated about us. Therefore, privacy is an issue that worries many users, but that we can protect by making the appropriate adjustments.

Below we show you some of these settings, which will allow protect your privacy when using the wizard on your Android phone or if you use it on other devices, such as Google Home speakers. Although it is impossible to maintain 100% privacy, these settings help us to have the best possible protection when using the wizard. Also, they are simple tricks for all users.

Do not save audio recordings

All the recordings and conversations that you have with Google Assistant are saved, causing us to have to delete them at some point. Although when managing account activity, it is possible prevent recordings from being saved. If you want to prevent this data from being stored in the activity of the account, you can use one of the options that are available in it. You have to follow these steps:

  1. Enter this link.
  2. Look for the Include voice and audio recordings option.
  3. Deactivate this option.
  4. Tap Pause in the popup window.

If you have such data stored, you can always resort to the option of making Google delete your data automatically after a while, an option that we have already talked about in the past. This will cause these recordings to be deleted as well. Although this option that we have unchecked now will prevent them from being saved, so we will not have to worry about them.

Check Google Assistant activity

Google Assistant history

Everything you do in your Google account and in its applications remains logged in your activity and its activity history. Therefore, the conversations and queries that you have made to Google Assistant are also shown in said activity log. It is good to be able to see them in case there is something that you really don’t want to be saved in that history, which we have used in the past. The steps to see it are the following:

  1. Enter this link.
  2. Click on Filter by date and product.
  3. In the Filter by Google product section, uncheck all the options.
  4. Tap on the Voice and Audio option.
  5. Click the search button.
  6. If you want to delete this history, find the date of consultations that you want to delete in the history.
  7. Click on the three vertical dots on the right.
  8. Click on the delete option.
  9. The record is deleted.

This can be especially useful if we see that Google Assistant has recorded something we really hadn’t said or asked the assistant. Since its sensitivity is too high at times, something that should be corrected in the near future. This section will let you see if there is something out of the ordinary.

Delete voice commands

There are times when you have consulted on a specific day, like the current day or the last conversation, you really don’t want to be saved in your history. Luckily, it is not necessary to enter the activity section and have to search for those commands or queries. Since a simple voice command is enough to delete the activity of that day or the most recent conversation.

  1. Open Google Assistant on Android.
  2. Use the command “OK, Google, delete today’s activity” or “OK, Google, delete the last conversation” …
  3. Wait for the wizard to confirm that you have removed it.

It is a good method for punctual consultations, if you just asked a question or ask the assistant that you really don’t want is in the history. In addition to being an especially fast option when it comes to deleting a part of the Google Assistant history. If you want to make sure that it has really been deleted, you can consult the activity section that we have seen in the previous section. You will see that there is no trace of that deleted conversation.

Manage accessibility

The sensitivity of Google Assistant is known, which is why Google works on changes. There are times when the wizard thinks you said “OK, Google” or “Hey, Google” without actually doing it, but it will start recording and recording everything you say at the time. This is something that bothers many users, in addition to being an annoying problem when using the assistant on the phone or on a Google Home speaker.

If you use the wizard on multiple devices, you can choose to have it work on some, not all. Also, you can make is going to make a sound, like a beep, when the assistant starts recording. This way it won’t catch you by surprise and you can stop it before it records something. A good way to avoid scares, which is achieved with these steps:

  1. Open Google Assistant.
  2. Click on your profile picture.
  3. Enter the Assistant section.
  4. Go to the Devices with Assistant section.
  5. Tap on the device in question.
  6. Enter Accessibility.
  7. Activate the first option of «Play sound».

In this way, if at any time the assistant thinks that we have called him, but it is wrong, we will hear the beep that informs us that it is working. We can tell you to stop recording or work, thus preventing something that we say, which could be very personal, from being recorded by the assistant.



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