Virtual assistants are increasingly popular: only Google Assistant already brings together almost 1,000 million users on its platform. However, along with their growth, scandals have also come and the concern caused by the way in which private data storage is managed.
“Disabling Google Assistant recording could cause the assistant not to recognize the user.”
In the middle of last year it was discovered that Alexa, Amazon’s virtual assistant, records and stores conversations even when it is not in use. In the same way, Google Assistant has also been signaled for recording conversations foreign to its commands.
In addition, recently, Google enabled the removal of search histories, but without guaranteeing the function in its virtual assistant.
That is why, then, TreceBits explains how to pause Google Assistant so that your voice is not recorded and stored in the Google cloud.
1 – Go to the “My activity” page of Google
2 – Click on the gray icon of three lines located in the upper left corner
3 – Click on “activity controls”
4 – Swipe down until you find the section «Voice and audio activity». Here, once you have synchronized your device, you will see a small blue button on which you must swipe to deactivate it.
5 – When you deactivate the option Google will send you a pop-up message indicating the consequences of pausing the recordings, among which is included not recognized by the assistant.
6 – If you want to return to the previous state, it is only a question of clicking on the button again and reactivating the voice recording.
As we mentioned earlier, disabling the recording could cause the wizard not to recognize you as a user. However, Google Assistant will also respond to the commands you direct to it.
In fact, the assistant continues executing all his actions normally, with the only exception that he does not respond with a familiar or specialized treatment nor does he keep recordings of the given orders.
In any case, if the user prioritizes the personalization of the service over the security of his data, he can always reactivate the voice recording.