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Turn Off Explicit on Alexa and Music Apps: Quick and Easy

Looking to figure out how to turn off explicit on Alexa? You’ve landed on the right guide. 

This quick read will walk you through disabling explicit content on Alexa, Amazon Music, Apple Music, Spotify, and other supported streaming services. 

Whether you’re a parent wanting a more kid-friendly environment or prefer cleaner lyrics, this guide has covered you. Let’s dive in.

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How to Turn Off Explicit Filter on Alexa for Amazon Music, Spotify, and Apple Music

If you use Amazon Music, Spotify, or Apple Music with your Alexa, turning off explicit content is a breeze. Here’s how to do it.

Supported Services:

  • This feature works for several integrated services like Amazon Music, Spotify, and Apple Music.
  • Note: Some services, such as Pandora and iHeartRadio, may not support explicit content filtering.

1. Using Voice Commands:

  • Say, “Alexa, turn off explicit filter,” and Alexa will comply. Yes, it’s that easy!

2. Via the Alexa App:

  1. Open the Alexa App: If you prefer a more hands-on approach, grab your smartphone and open the Alexa app.
  2. Go to Settings: Tap the ‘More’ menu at the bottom, then select ‘Settings.’
  3. Choose ‘Music & Podcasts’: Scroll down and tap on ‘Music & Podcasts.’
Alexa App Music Settings
  1. Toggle the Explicit Language Filter: You’ll see an option for ‘Explicit Language Filter.’ Toggle the switch to turn it on or off.
Explicit Filter in Alexa App Screenshot

And there you have it! Whether you’re a talker or a tapper, your Alexa will filter out explicit content, depending on your preference and streaming service. Amazon has some steps that you might find useful as well.

Making Sure the Explicit Filter Stays On

Want to make sure the explicit filter on Alexa stays put? A setting called Voice Deactivation in the Alexa App prevents the explicit filter from being turned off via voice commands. This ensures that your settings remain consistent, even if someone tries to change them.

Voice Deactivation Setting in the Alexa App

Managing Explicit Content on Pandora and iHeartRadio

If you’re a Pandora or iHeartRadio user, you might have noticed that Alexa’s explicit content filter doesn’t apply. But don’t worry, you can still manage explicit content directly through these services. Here’s how:

For Pandora Users:

  • Open the Pandora App: Launch the Pandora app on your device.
  • Go to Settings: Tap the profile icon, then select ‘Settings.’
  • Navigate to ‘Content Settings’: Here, you’ll find the option for explicit content.
  • Toggle the Explicit Content Filter: Turn it on or off based on your preference.

For iHeartRadio Users:

iHeartRadio Logo
  • Open the iHeartRadio App: Start by launching the iHeartRadio app.
  • Access Settings: Tap on the gear icon to open ‘Settings.’
  • Find ‘Content Preferences’: Scroll until you see this option.
  • Manage Explicit Content: Here, you can allow or disallow explicit content.

Now you can enjoy a tailored listening experience on Pandora and iHeartRadio, explicit or not, it’s all up to you.

Troubleshooting: When Alexa Refuses to Clean Up Her Act

Sometimes, technology can be as stubborn as a mule. If you’ve followed the steps, but Alexa still insists on playing explicit content, here are some troubleshooting tips.

  1. Power Cycle Your Device: Unplug your Alexa device, wait for 30 seconds, and plug it back in. Sometimes, a simple restart can work wonders.
  2. Check Service-Specific Settings: If you’re using a service like Pandora or iHeartRadio, remember that Alexa’s explicit filter won’t apply. You’ll need to manage those settings within the respective apps.
  3. Update Your Alexa App: Make sure your Alexa app is up-to-date. An outdated app can sometimes cause features to malfunction.
  4. Contact Customer Support: When all else fails, a chat with customer support might be your best bet.

Frequently Asked Questions

How Do I Turn Off Explicit Content on Alexa Using Voice Commands?

Just say, “Alexa, turn off explicit filter,” and your wish is Alexa’s command. It’s as simple as that.

Is Alexa’s Explicit Filter Compatible with All Music Services?

No, the explicit filter primarily works with Amazon Music, Spotify, and Apple Music. For services like Pandora and iHeartRadio, you’ll need to manage explicit content within their respective apps.

What Do I Do If Alexa’s Explicit Filter Won’t Turn Off?

You have a few options if you find that Alexa’s explicit filter isn’t cooperating. Try power cycling your device, checking service-specific settings, updating your Alexa app, or, as a last resort, contacting customer support.

How Do I Turn On Explicit Content on Alexa?

Turning on explicit content is just as easy as turning it off. You can toggle the ‘Explicit Language Filter’ in the Alexa app to the off position or say, “Alexa, turn off explicit filter.” Either way, Alexa will start playing songs without any content restrictions.

For this to work, you need to enable the setting in the Alexa app though. If disabled, Alexa won’t turn if off via a voice command.

Making Alexa Safe for All Ears

Navigating how to turn off explicit on Alexa doesn’t have to be a chore. Whether you’re using Amazon Music, Spotify, Apple Music, or other services like Pandora and iHeartRadio, this guide covers you. Now, you can enjoy a music experience tailored to your preferences.

Interested in learning more? Check out our Alexa Archives for additional tips and tricks.

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