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Windows 10 Tip: Erase Your Search Content from Cortana

Cortana is deeply integrated into Windows 10, and provides several features via voice and text search. Here’s how to remove that content for your privacy.

Microsoft is deeply integrating its virtual assistant, Cortana, into Windows 10. This gives you a customized experience by tracking your calendar appointments, typing patters, flights, search terms and similar items.

But if you’re concerned about privacy and the amount of information that you’re giving to Microsoft, via Cortana, you can turn the feature off, and erase the collected content.

Windows 10 Cortana Privacy

On a tablet or PC running Windows 10, head to Settings > Privacy and select Speech, inking & typing from the left column. Then click the Stop getting to know me button.

erase content

You can do the same thing on Windows 10 for phones, too. Go to Settings > Privacy and tap Speech, inking & typing. Then on the next screen tap Stop getting to know me.

Keep in mind that by turning this Cortana feature off, your Windows 10 device(s) will stop collecting information, and erase everything that has been collected on the device, but it also disables voice dictation and the digital assistant benefits.

Windows 10 mobile

Clear Collected Cortana Data

While the data that was collected on each of your Windows 10 devices has been erased, you can go a step further by deleting what’s already been collected. Head to your Bing account personalization page and log in with your Microsoft Account. Then scroll down to the Other Cortana Data and Personalized Speech, Inking and Typing section and hit the Clear button.

Clear web history


3 Comments

3 Comments

  1. Hans Sherbert  

    What on earth is meant by “inking” in this context? Is that when one inserts a new ink cartridge into one’s printer? Does it mean writing in cursive on a pad with a stylus?

    There’s a definition for it in Urban Dictionary but it wasn’t very helpful.

  2. Jim  

    If I choose “Stop Getting to Know Me” is there a way to turn it back on later?

  3. Patricia Fidone  

    I have the opposite problem i would like all search history to remain on my windows 10 etc as it has randomly been erased>>

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