Stop Cortana Waking Up from Background Noises

If you find it annoying when Cortana in Windows 10 launches when you have the TV on in the background, here’s how to remedy the problem.

All of our devices have digital assistants these days, and they are quite useful. However, nothing is more annoying than when they are triggered by your TV or other background noises.

I have “Hey Cortana” enabled so I can ask questions, set reminders, and use other features by using my voice. However, if I have a podcast or TV show playing in the background, sometimes it will be triggered (especially when listening to tech podcasts).

With Cortana in Windows 10, you can avoid this issue by making it respond to your voice only.

Make Cortana Respond to Your Voice Only

Open Cortana and open Settings. To do that hit the Windows Key and type: Cortana settings and hit Enter. Then turn on “Hey Cortana” if it isn’t already and then change it from responding when anyone says Hey Cortana to Try to respond to only me.

Cortana Settings

If this is the first time enabling this, you’ll need to go through the wizard for Cortana to learn your voice. For more on that process, check out our article: Train Cortana to Learn Your Voice Better in Windows 10.

Start Lean my Voice Cortana Wizard

Training Cortana will help it get more familiar with your accent and vocal inflections. Setting this up will help avoid the problem of Cortana from launching when you don’t want it.

What’s your take? Do you use Cortana? If so, do you get annoyed when it is triggered when you don’t want it? Let us know your thoughts in the comment section below.

Also, for help with Cortana or anything else in the new OS, hop in our Windows 10 Forums. It’s free, just takes a minute to join, and has a great community of Windows 10 users, including our writing team!



  1. Dana

    Am I the only one who has not enabled Cortana? I don’t want to talk to my laptop or to my phone, and I don’t want them to talk to me either. And there is no way I’d buy Echo! Silence is golden and all too infrequent.

    • Harry

      no you are not the only one.I like the older way to search

  2. Mike

    How can I completely turn off Cortana. I just dont need it.

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