Google stores all “Ok Google” voice searches. Here’s how you can play and delete them

Bradley Wint
Jun 5, 2016 10:59pm AST
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It’s no surprise that voice searches via Ok Google are sent to Google’s servers for analysis, but did you know those search snippets are also stored and can be played back?

All your Ok Google searches can be played back via their Voice & Audio Activity page, and if you wish to get rid off them, simple check mark the audio files you wish to delete and click the ‘delete’ button at the top that pops up once you select them.

Now that’s all well and good, but what is quite noteworthy is that Google actually records you saying “Ok Google” as well, which indicates that your phone is actively listening to you pretty much all the time and only starts recording once that phrase is said.

Even though Ok Google searches have been around for some time, the activity page was only launched last year in late May 2015.

Is it time to freak out about privacy? Well, not really. As the saying goes, there is no such thing as a free lunch. Using Google’s huge library of free services such as Android OS, Maps, Search, and Gmail (among many others) obviously comes with a trade-off, that being them harvesting as much user data as possible. It’s the price we pay for convenience.

Either that or you stick to a home-brewed solution, or you can just live under a rock. If you’re thinking of jumping to the Apple or Amazon ships, it’s pretty much the same deal you’re getting, as they also require your data to improve their service delivery.

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