How to Delete Your Siri Audio History and Opt Out of Siri Audio Sharing on Mac

How to Delete Your Siri Audio History and Opt-Out of Siri Audio Sharing on Mac


This article describes how to delete Siri voice interaction history and stop sharing voice recording with Apple on Mac.

How to Delete Your Siri Audio History
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In 2019, Apple was discovered to have hired subcontractors to hear a small percentage of anonymous `` Siri '' records to assess virtual assistant responses in order to improve accuracy and reliability.

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The Guardian newspaper revealed that Apple employees working on ‌Siri‌ often hear secret details while listening to the sound. Apple was later criticized for not clarifying to customers that some of their "Siri" records were being used to improve the service.

Soon after the report, Apple suspended its "Siri" recording practices and promised users that it will provide tools in future updates that allow them to refuse to share their audio recordings.

With the release of macOS Catalina 10.15.1 in October 2019, these new tools have arrived. Apple now includes an option on a Mac that allows users to delete "dictation" and "dictation" logs and stop sharing sound recordings. The following steps show you how to do both.

How to Opt-Out of ‌Siri‌ Audio Sharing on Mac

  • Launch System Preferences from your Mac's Dock, from the Applications folder, or from the Apple menu bar ( -> System Preferences…).
  • Select Siri in the preference panel.
  • Next to Siri History, click the Delete Siri & Dictation History button.
  • Confirm that your want to delete the history associated with this Mac from Apple’s servers by clicking Delete.
Note that these options only apply to your Mac and not to any other devices signed in to the same Apple account.

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How to Delete Your ‌Siri‌ Audio History on Mac

  • launch System Preferences from your Mac's Dock, from the Applications folder, or from the Apple menu bar ( -> System Preferences…).
  • Select Security & Privacy in the preference panel.
  • Choose the Privacy tab.
  • Select Analytics & Improvement from the sidebar.
  • Click the padlock icon in the bottom-left corner of the window and authenticate with an admin account if prompted.
  • Uncheck the box next to Improve Siri & Dictation to opt-out of Siri audio recordings being stored on Apple servers for review and improvement.

Note that these options only apply to your Mac and not to any other devices signed in to the same Apple account.


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