How does Amazon define “explicit” language?
Our filter blocks songs that use common explicit words. While no explicit filter is perfect, we are continually working to improve and refine our filter to block as many songs with explicit lyrics as possible when enabled.
Does Amazon block content that is “mature” in nature, even if it does not use explicit language?
No. Our filter will not restrict content that could be considered thematically mature if it does not include explicit language.
How does this feature work?
This feature allows customers to block songs that contain explicit language on the devices they choose. When enabled, songs that contain explicit lyrics will not be played in stations, playlists or albums. Note that we will not bleep out or remove explicit lyrics from a song, but rather, block it from playback entirely when explicit filtering is enabled.
What devices support this feature?
This feature works on Echo devices and other Alexa-enabled devices, such as the Sonos One; Amazon Music apps on iOS and Android; FireTV, FireTablet, PC, Mac, Desktop and Web.
How do I use the explicit filter?
To block explicit songs on your Echo devices and Alexa-enabled devices, just ask Alexa to “block explicit songs” or “stop playing explicit songs” and Alexa will begin blocking explicit songs immediately. To block explicit songs on additional devices, click “Get started” at the top of this page.
Can I choose which devices I want to block explicit songs?
Yes. For example, if you prefer to block explicit songs on your home Echo devices, but continue to allow explicit songs on your personal mobile device, you may do so. Note that when you elect to block explicit songs on an Echo, Amazon Music blocks explicit songs on that device plus any other Echo devices tied to your account.
Will this feature work for Spotify, Deezer or TuneIn on Echo devices?
Currently, Amazon Music and TuneIn can block explicit songs on Echo devices and Alexa-enabled devices. As such, when you elect to block explicit songs, Alexa will only play music from music services that support explicit filtering.
Does this filter prevent me from purchasing songs with explicit lyrics on Amazon?
No. Our filter only blocks playback of explicit music. It will not prevent you from being able to purchase songs or albums with explicit lyrics from the Amazon Music store.
Does the filter restrict playback of music I own or uploaded to Amazon?
The explicit filter will work on any songs you have purchased from Amazon Music. For songs purchased elsewhere and uploaded to your library, the filter will work if Amazon Music recognises the song. If Amazon Music does not recognise a song, we cannot determine whether it is explicit, and we cannot guarantee that unrecognised songs will not contain explicit content.
Can I use my voice to disable the feature?
Yes. In order to do this, you must first enable voice deactivation for the explicit filter within the Alexa App. To enable voice deactivation, navigate to the Alexa App menu > Settings > Music & Media.
Can I secure or lock this setting?
No. However, the feature can only be disabled via the Alexa App, and therefore only people in your household with access to the Alexa App can turn off the explicit filter.