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If you love using your Google Home but want to control how many voice recordings or how much location information and other personal data Google keeps, these are the settings that you'll need to adjust to fine-tune your
1. Open the Google Assistant app (not the Google Home app) on your mobile device. (If you don't have the Assistant app, head to the iOS App Store or Google Play and download it.)
2. Tap the explore icon (the little compass needle in a circle) in the bottom right corner.
3. Scroll all the way to the bottom and tap Your Actions.
4. Tap Linked.
From here you can see all the actions you've specifically authorized. Most likely you'll see your music services (such as Pandora or Spotify) and smart home devices (like
or Wemo). If you see any you don't recognize or no longer need (for example, if you switched music services) here's how to delete them:
1. Tap the more information icon (three horizontal lines) to the right of the linked service you want to delete.
2. Scroll down to Account status.
3. Tap Unlink.
4. When the app prompts you for confirmation, tap Unlink.
Look up everything Google Assistant has on you
First, you'll want to navigate to the Settings page that details all the information Google has been keeping on you.
1. Open your Google Home app.
2. Tap your personal icon (it could be your photo or a silhouette) in the upper right corner.
3. Select Assistant settings from the menu bar that appears.
4. Tap Your data in theAssistant (it should be the first option listed).
Here you can scroll as far back as your record goes through every piece of information Google Assistant has been keeping about you. You can delete items one at a time by tapping the trash can icon beside each item, or you can follow the next set of steps to delete all of it.
Delete some or all of your private data
Google Assistant saves audio recordings of every voice command Google Home has ever heard (including false triggers), which helps the software to understand your voice and execute future commands better, but isn't critical to the device's operation. Here's how to delete that, and all other data:
1. Go to the Your data in the Assistant page. Under Your Assistant activity tap My Activity.
2. To the right of the search bar at the top of the page, tap the icon of three stacked dots.
3. Tap Delete activity by.
4. If you want to start over with a clean slate, tap All time. Otherwise, you can choose to delete all data collected in the Last hour, Last day or create a Custom range, say, from the day you started using Google Home until last month.
5. The app will ask you to confirm that you would like to delete your Google Assistant Activity for the specified period. Tap Delete to confirm.
6. You'll see this message: "Deletion complete." In the lower-right corner, tap Got it to return to the main Google Assistant Activity page.
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Choose how often your data will be deleted
If you don't mind letting Google Assistant remember your recent interactions with it, you can set the data to be deleted automatically after either 3 or 18 months. From the main Google Assistant Activity page:
1. On the Your data in the Assistant page, under Your Assistant activity tap My Activity andthen tap the icon of three stackeddots to the right of the search bar at the top.
2. Tap Keep activity and then choose whether you want to keep activity forever (Keep until I deletemanually), Keep for 18 months or Keep for 3 months.
3. When the app asks you to confirm the change, scroll to the bottom of the page and tap Confirm.
4. Tap Got it to return to the main Google Assistant Activity page.
The most extreme privacy option: Pause all activity
Instead of regular purges, you can set Google Assistant to no longer keep logs of your data at all, but that may cause some hiccups with how well Google Assistant functions, if it functions at all. If your privacy is of the utmost importance to you and you're willing to deal with anything from a few glitches from time to time to a fully non-functional Google Assistant, from the main Google Assistant Activity page:
1. Scroll down to Web & App Activity is on and tap Change setting.
3. Turn off the toggle beside Web & App Activity.
4. A screen will pop up, warning you that "pausing Web & App Activity may limit or disable more personalized experiences across Google services." At the bottom of that screen, press Pause to stop Google from logging your activity. Note that changing this setting does not delete any of your personal data from Google, it only stops Google Assistant from recording more data going forward.
After you press Pause, you'll be returned to the main Google Assistant Activity page.
That's it -- now you don't have to declare open season on your private life or your personal data to enjoy your Google Home smart speaker or hub. This may be especially important if you're concerned about Google restarting the human-powered quality assurance program it suspended in August in which reviewers listened to recordings collected from many of the over 3.2 million Google Home devices in the wild.