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Amazon Echo: 6 Features of Alexa You should turn off your smart speaker and display now.


Alexa is becoming a fixture in more homes than ever before. But with all the smart new features, some are definitely worth disabling.


Likes voice assistants. Alexa, Siri And Google Assistant Are constantly getting smarter. Lots of hidden privileges Improve your experience and Alexa. Third party skills And Routines Add even more. But for all the cold New games, Hidden Easter eggs And Smart Home IntegrationThere are also features that do not make Alexa so smart. Yes, turning Close Some features may actually use your Amazon Echo. Speakers And Shows Safer and better than ever.

Even if you’re worried about privacy, you don’t want friends. “Fall in“Whether or not you just want Alexa to stop delivering your queries and commands to you, here are six features you should disable right now in the Alexa app.

Read more: You can assign each Alexa command to your Amazon Echo device.

Drop them off on your Amazon Echo.

Alexa is a great way to screw people over. Friends or family to contact When unable to reunite in person, for example, during the holidays with ongoing travel restrictions. Unlike phone calls, you don’t have to “answer” the call for drop-ins: your friend only speaks to the speaker on your device. It’s nice when you first use it, but it’s easy to forget that once authorized, virtual visitors will have access to it anytime – unannounced. Unless you want your friends or family members to risk using this feature at inappropriate times, you should stop dropping them off unless you want to use it. This is how

From the Alexa app, tap. Tools > Echo and Alexa. Now, select which device you want, then tap. Communications> Drop in. From here, you can turn off Drop In or restrict it to specific devices.


It’s nice to share a cup of coffee with a friend. It doesn’t feel good to have this friend drop you off unexpectedly while you’re in your pajamas.

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Turn off hunchbacks on your Amazon Echo.

Over the past two years, Amazon has been slowly increasing its use of hunchbacks, they follow up Questions Alexa asks you. After your conversation. Sometimes these suggestions are helpful, for example offering to lock your door at night or suggest a new way to use a timer, but when you’re in the middle of a phone call and don’t want to It can also be annoying and disturbing. To stop your voice assistant from talking.

To close the hunches, open the Alexa app and tap. More, Then Setting, Then ہنچس. Controls a simple toggle feature.

You can turn off Hunches using this method in the Alexa app, or by voice. Just say, “Disable hunchbacks.”

Prevent Amazon from listening to your voice recordings.

Disappointingly, Amazon still seems by default to select users for its program using voice recordings for research purposes. Whether, like me, you are anxious about it. Ability to collect data About such a feature, or you do not like the idea that a real person listens to your daily conversation (Or maybe just in close proximity) Your eco device, turning off this feature is probably the best move.

In the Alexa app, go to. Setting > Alexa Privacy > Manage your Alexa data.. From here, select Choose how long to save the recording. > Don’t save. Recordings > please confirm.. Next, scroll down. Help make Alexa better., And switch. Use of voice recording To close.

When you are turning off this feature, you may want to consider setting your voice recordings to be automatically deleted after three months. This option allows you to use voice recording on the same page Can be found at

Read more: Amazon, Apple and Google are always listening: how to opt out and delete your voice recording

Manage craft permissions on your Amazon Echo.

As you browse the Alexa Privacy Page, another menu to consider is Managing Skill Permissions. Here you can scroll down to see what skills (Amazon’s word for apps and features) want access to everything from your street address and contact information to your Amazon Prime payment information. ۔ Many of these permissions are already closed, but at each time, it’s a good idea to check what skills you’ve enabled in the months or years of using Alexa, and if they once Has access to what you don’t. Don’t want them to last forever.

To control these permissions, tap. More > Setting > Alexa Privacy > Manage skill permissions.. From here, you can choose the type of data you want to access and then turn each scale on or off.


Alexa is in your whole house, but that doesn’t mean you can’t have privacy.


Disable the camera on your Echo Show.

It’s really easy, but it’s easy to forget. If you use Echo Show. ($ 125 on eBay) Device, make sure your camera is inactive or covered when you are not using it. Hacking laptop cameras and other webcams is a notorious way of spying on people – which governments and individual hackers alike use – and keeping your camera disabled is an easy way to protect yourself.

To disable your camera, just use the physical toggle on each Echo Show device.

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Turn on brief mode on your Amazon Echo.

Well, it doesn’t technically turn off any features, but in fact, the brief mode turns Alexa “off” which returns your queries and commands to you. This is one of my personal favorite features, because Alexa’s parrot gets on my nerves fast when I play music (and I can usually say that he immediately misinterpreted my command). Yes, it has been confirmed without hearing the voice).

To turn on brief mode, open the Alexa app, tap. More > Setting > Voice answers. From here, switch to Brief mode (and also useful Super mode, if you choose).

These are my favorite features to disable on Alexa powered devices, but what about yours? Share some of your choices in the comments, or let me know why you think I’m wrong.

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