Picture of the Google Home Voice Activated Speaker, showing the front of the original packaging, closed, not yet opened.

How to Clear Google Assistant History, Voice Recordings

Each time you speak a request or command to your Google Home speaker, Google Home records your voice and sends that up to the Google Assistant service in the cloud.  There, the assistant saves your voice recordings for an indefinite period. However, some folks worry about these recordings “hanging around” in perpetuity, for reasons that we won’t get into here.  But suffice it to say that many want to limit how many of these request recordings they keep at Google.  So, these folks will be happy to know that you can remove them from the Google Assistant if desired.  Thus here, we discuss how to clear Google assistant history of these audio snips.





Before you Begin to Clear Google Assistant History

But before you clear them, keep in mind that these voice recordings help the assistant “learn” your ways of talking (your accent, how you say your words, et al) so that she grows more adept at understanding you as you make requests of your smart speaker.  In fact, the more voice recordings the Google assistant buids up, the more accurately she can interpret what you ask her. Thus, the quality and of her answers rises over time too.  These voice recordings help build a more pleasing experience with your Google Home speakers.

But, Google currently saves this voice history for months, or years even.  And it could happen that a court demands these audio clips should you find yourself accused of a crime. These recordings could incriminate you, fair or not.

Also, consider that more than your voice requests are saved.  Indeed, whenever the Google speaker thinks it hears someone say, “Okay Google…,” or “Hey Google…,” it comes on and starts recording.  In some cases, saving the audio, even if what it thought was a valid voice request turned out not to be.  However in our time playing with the four Google Home speakers we have in our home, these false wake-ups happen very rarely.  So the presence of potentially many hundreds of these recordings does not concern us much.





How to Clear Google Assistant History Step-by-Step Instructions

To clear your Google Assistant history of these voice recordings, follow the steps we present next.  First though, install the Google Home app and connect it to the same Google account to which you registered your Google Home speaker.  Then proceed as itemized next.

1. Bring Up the Google Home App

On our iPad, Google Home is on the third page of the iOS home screen.

Picture of the Google Home App entry, as shown on the iOS home screen. How to Clear Google Assistant History.
Google Home App entry, as shown on the iOS home screen.

The app first puts up its Home screen, as depicted in the next photo.

Picture of the Google Home app on iOS, displaying its Home screen, with the hamburger menu control highlighted.
Google Home app on iOS, showing its Home screen, with the hamburger menu control highlighted.

2. Tap the Hamburger Menu Control

Find the hamburger menu control at the top left corner of the Home screen, as pointed at by the pink arrow above.

Then, the hamburger menu then displays, as we see next.

Picture of the Google Home app on iOS, displaying the hamburger (main) menu, with the -More Settings- option highlighted.
Google Home app on iOS, showing the hamburger (main) menu, with the -More Settings- option highlighted.

3. Tap the  More Settings  Menu Item to Continue with How to Clear Google Assistant History

See previous picture for location, pointed at by the pink arrow.

The  Google Assistant Settings  screen displays next, as shown in the next picture.

Picture of the Google Home app on iOS, displaying the -Google Assistant Settings- screen, with the -My Activity- link highlighted.
Google Home app on iOS, displaying the -Assistant Settings- screen, with the -My Activity- link highlighted.

Find the   My Activity  link on this screen.  Depending on your tablet’s screen orientation and font sizes, you may not see this option until you swipe up once or twice, to scroll down to the bottom of the screen. That’s what we did in the previous picture.





4. Tap the   My Activity  Option

The  My Activity  screen then displays, as depicted in the next screenshot.

Picture of the Google Home app on iOS. Displaying the -My Activity- screen, with the -Search Assistant, More Options- menu control highlighted. How to Clear Google Assistant History.
Google Home app on iOS. Showing the -My Activity- screen, with the -Search Assistant, More Options- menu control highlighted.

5. Tap the  Search Assistant, More Options  Menu Control

Find the More Options link  near the top of the screen, right of center, as pointed at by the pink arrow in the previous picture (It’s the vertical ellipse symbol).

You should see then, the Search Assistant Options  menu, as shown next.

Picture of the Google Home app on iOS, displaying the -My Activity- Screen, with the -Search Assistant Options- menu open, showing, with the -Delete Activity By- item highlighted.
Google Home app on iOS, displaying the -My Activity- Screen, with the -Search Assistant Options- menu open, showing, with the -Delete Activity By- item highlighted.

6. Tap the   Delete activity by   Option to Continue with How to Clear Google Assistant History

The   Delete activity by   screen next displays, as pictured next.

Picture of the Google Home app on iOS, displaying the -Delete Activity By- screen, with the -Delete By Date- pull down list box highlighted.
Google Home app running on iOS, showing the -Delete Activity By- screen, with the -Delete By Date- list box highlighted.

7. Tap the Drop Down List Box Beneath the  Delete by date  Label

The list box then opens up, showing the available history removal options, as shown next.

Picture of the Google Home app on iOS, displaying the -Delete Activity By- screen, with the -Delete By Date- list box open, with the -All Time- option highlighted. How to Clear Google Assistant History.
Google Home app on iOS, showing the -Delete Activity By- screen.  It has the -Delete By Date- list box open, with the -All Time- option highlighted.

8. Tap the  All Time  Item

Find the  All Time  selection pointed at by the  pink  arrow in the previous picture.





Then, the  Delete By Date  list box disappears, showing the  Delete Activity By  screen again.  But now, the value of that list has been set to  All Time,  as seen in the next picture.

Picture of the Google Home app on iOS, displaying the -Delete Activity By- screen, with the DELETE link highlighted.
Google Home app on iOS, displaying the -Delete Activity By- screen, with the DELETE link highlighted.

9. Tap the   DELETE   Link to Continue with How to Clear Google Assistant History

The    Before you delete  caution window then appears, as shown next. If this window does not show up, then skip ahead to step 11.

Picture of the Google Home app on iOS, displaying the -Delete Activity By- screen, with a -Before You Delete- caution window on Top, with its -OK- button highlighted.
Google Home app on iOS, showing the -Delete Activity By- screen, with a -Before You Delete- caution window on Top, with its -OK- button called out by the pink arrow.

10. Press the  OK  Button

Tapping the OK button closes the  Before You Delete   window.  Then, one more delete confirmation dialog box pops up, as displayed in the next photo.

Picture of the Google Home app on iOS, displaying the -Delete Activity Confirmation- dialog box, with the DELETE link highlighted. How to Clear Google Assistant History.
Google Home app on iOS, displaying the -Delete Activity Confirmation- dialog box, with the DELETE link highlighted.

11. Tap the  DELETE  Button

Find the   DELETE  button in the last picture above, pointed at by the pink arrow.

Doing this clears the Google Assistant audio voice recordings history.  Note though that clearing out this history might take some seconds; especially if you have a lot of voice recordings to clear.  But after a short while, the delete confirmation window closes.  The app then returns you to the Delete activity by  screen, as pictured next.

Picture of the Google Home app on iOS, displaying the -Delete Activity By- screen.
Google Home app on iOS, displaying the -Delete Activity By- page.

12. Check that your Google Home History has Indeed Been Cleared

Tap the left pointing white arrow in the blue bar, found  at the top left corner of the Delete activity by screen.  This takes you back to the My Activity screen.  Note that all voice recording activity has been cleared, as shown by the  “No activity” message, seen in the next picture.

Picture of the Google Home app on iOS, displaying the -My Activity- screen, showing no activity.
How to Clear Google Assistant History: Google Home app on iOS, displaying the -My Activity- screen, showing no activity.

13. You’re Done with How to Clear Google Assistant History ! 

You have successfully cleared all Google Assistant voice recording history from your Google account.





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Revision History

  • 2019-05-05: Tuned the targeting for ‘Clear Google Assistant History’, and added tags.
  • 2019-01-16: First published.
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