How to Turn Off Voice Purchasing Via the iPhone Alexa App

Voice control with the Amazon Alexa feature of your Echo devices is a surprisingly capable technology. You can accomplish a lot with those devices by simply saying what you want to do, and more and more capabilities are being added all the time.

One feature that is currently available lets you make Amazon purchases with your voice. This is helpful if it’s something that you want to use, but it can lead to some unwanted purchases if you have children or roommates that are able to use it. Our tutorial below will show you how to disable the voice purchasing feature from the Amazon Alexa app on your iPhone if you don’t want to use it.


How to Disable Alexa Voice Purchasing from Your iPhone

The steps in this article were performed on an iPhone 7 Plus, in iOS 11.3. This guide requires the use of the Alazon Alexa app, which you can download from the App Store. Once the app is installed and you have signed in with your Amazon account, you can proceed with the steps below to disable voice purchasing from Alexa-enabled devices.

Step 1: Open the Amazon Alexa app.

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Step 2: Touch the button at the top-left corner of the screen with the three horizontal lines.

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Step 3: Select the Settings option.

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Step 4: Scroll to the bottom of the menu and choose the Voice Purchasing option.

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Step 5: Tap the button to the right of Purchase by Voice to turn it off. I have disabled the ability to purchase by voice in the image below.

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You can always re-enable this setting later if you decide that you would like to be able to use the voice purchasing feature on your devices.


The Amazon Alexa app lets you do some interesting thing with your Echo devices. For example you can add additional Echos to a multi-room music group if you have more than one Echo or Echo Dot in your home and would like to be able to play the same music on all of the devices at the same time.