Alexa and Echo devices are built with multiple layers of privacy. For example, your voice is streamed to the cloud only after your device detects the wake word (“Alexa”). You can also turn the microphone and camera off with a press of a button. And the built-in shutter lets you easily cover the camera. Alexa and all Echo devices are designed with your privacy in mind. When you want to talk to Alexa, you have to first alert your device by saying the wake word, which by default is “Alexa” or by pressing the action button on the device. Only then does your device begin recording and sending your request to Amazon’s secure cloud Echo Show 5.

All of your interactions with Alexa are encrypted in transit to Amazon’s cloud where they are securely stored. You’ll always be able to tell when Alexa is listening to your request because a light indicator will appear on your Echo device or an audible tone will sound. Echo smart speakers have a microphone off button that electronically disconnects the microphones. On Echo devices with a camera, you can turn the camera and microphones off with one press of a button. Most Echo Show devices also include a built in shutter that allows you to easily cover the camera for additional piece of mind.

 At Alexa Privacy Settings or in the Alexa app, you can view, hear, and delete your voice recordings or choose not to have your voice recordings saved. To delete by voice, just say, “Alexa, delete what I just said” to delete the voice recording of your last request or “Alexa, delete everything I’ve said today” to delete your voice recordings for that day. Ever wonder why Alexa responded a certain way? Just say, “Alexa, tell me what you heard” and Alexa will read back your most recent voice request. You can also ask, “Alexa, why did you do that?” and Alexa will provide a short explanation about the response to your last voice request.

More Ways to Control Your Home

Alexa can show you more – Compact 5.5” smart display ready to help manage your day, entertain at a glance, and connect you to friends and family.

Made to fit your life – Cook along to step-by-step recipes. Easily update to-do lists and calendars. Glance at weather and traffic on your way out.

Big entertainment – Ask Alexa to show you movie trailers, TV shows, movies, or the news. Or listen to radio stations, podcasts, and audiobooks.

Control your smart home – Voice control compatible devices or manage them on the easy-to-use display. Ask Alexa to show you security cameras, control lights, and adjust thermostats.

Connect with video calling and messaging – Call friends and family who have the Alexa app, an Echo device with a screen, or Skype. Make announcements to other devices in your home.

Make it yours – Choose the clock face that fits your style best. Use your favorite photos on the home screen. Create morning routines to start your day.

Designed to protect your privacy – Turn off the microphone and camera with one press of a button. Slide the built-in shutter to cover the camera.

Alexa for Kids

Make Alexa kid-friendly at no extra charge. Turn on parental controls with Amazon Kids (FreeTime), in settings on your Echo Show 5 screen or in the Alexa app. Alexa will automatically give kid-friendly responses, filter explicit songs, block shopping, and let kids call approved contacts. Parents can also set time limits and review activity. Children’s privacy is important to as well.  Want to unlock more kid-friendly content? Starting at $2.99/month, Amazon Kids+ (FreeTime Unlimited) gives kids access to thousands of hours of fun and educational content across over 18,000 videos, interactive games, educational skills, and Audible books.

Entertainment for Every Part of Your Day

Catch up on today’s news and sports highlights. Watch TV shows, movies, and trailers. Cook along with step-by-step recipes. See song lyrics and album art with Amazon Music. It’s the perfect size for adding glanceable entertainment to any room.