How to stop Google from saving voice searches in activity history

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Using an Android smartphone implies in a certain way giving up part of our privacy. As you probably know, we share usage data every time we access services like Google Maps (using its incognito mode avoids this to a certain extent) or Gmail, the same happens when using social media applications, see Instagram or Facebook. Therefore, it is advisable to apply some settings to prevent this.

Google is an expert in collecting user information; it is not in vain that it provides many free services that make profits in this way. One of them is voice search, available on any Android mobile, as well as the Google Assistant. Two different ways of interacting with the phone using our voice, although it has a negative counterpart: they save everything we are looking for. This way you can avoid it.

How to prevent Google from saving our voice search

Google saves voice searches by default that you do in their products, like Google Assistant or Google Search. This can be useful for some users, allowing them to access their previous searches and improve the accuracy of voice recognition. However, if you are concerned about your privacy, you may not want Google to save this information.

As a summary, let’s see How can we prevent our voice activity from being saved:

  • Go to the “My activity” section of Google. You can do it from the app with the same name or using your primary browser and this link.
My Google Voice Activity

  • Tap “Activity Controls” in the left sidebar. If you don’t see it, you must click on the menu button illustrated with three horizontal lines.
  • Then uncheck the box “Include voice and audio activity.”

Ready! Hereinafter, Google will not save our voice and audio activity, Without exceptions. Yes, we will continue to share other data such as search or application activity, which is also deactivatable.

We have served our purpose, but we can still get some of our privacy back. If you had the box activated, you can proceed to remove audio searches that Google has been collecting. Again, from “My Activity”, we will tap on “Filter by date and product” and from the list we will select “Assistant”. Then, just tap on “Delete results”.

Now, taking it to the extreme side, we suggest that you apply this change on your Android mobile. It is important to know that we will lose the voice interaction functionalities, although if we do not use them very frequently It may be a good choice so as not to share what we seek.

Hold your finger on the “Google” app either on the home screen or in the app drawer, then tap “App info” or similar. On the next screen, go to the “Permissions” section and check “Microphone” in “Do not allow.” This way, we will deny access to the microphone to the Google application. Remember to grant it again if you are going to use Google Assistant or voice search.

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