Amazon’s Alexa voice-assistant has a handy new feature that lets you ask it to remember things for you that you can request at will. The issue is that there is no way to ask Alexa to forget something by voice. Worse yet, you can’t just modify what Alexa remembers by telling it a new fact to replace an existing memory.
The only way to make Alexa forget something you asked it to remember is to delete the record in the Alexa app. Unfortunately, there is no way to see a list of what you’ve asked Alexa to remember. To delete a memory record, you must find the request in your Alexa history log on the home screen of the Alexa app and select the delete option associated with the request. As you can imagine, this will become a nearly impossible task if you want to delete a memory record weeks or months later.
If you ask Alexa to remember something that you’ve already asked it to remember, but with a different specification, Alexa will remember both items. So if you say “Alexa, remember my keys are in the bedroom” and then later say “Alexa, remember the keys are in the kitchen,” when you ask Alexa to tell you where the keys are, it will tell you they are in both the bedroom and the kitchen.
Until Amaozn addresses this oversight, it’s best to use Alexa’s new memory feature for items that will never change, like for remembering birthdays. If you make a mistake when asking Alexa to remember something, be sure to go into the Alexa app and delete the memory request before it gets burried in your request history.
Vonda in the comments has pointed out that you can ask “Alexa, what did I tell you to remember?” and a list will appear on the home screen of the Alexa app containing everything you’ve stored. Each item on the list can be deleted individually.