How to Turn On or Off Device and Search History for On-device Searches in Windows 10


Search Windows and the web from the taskbar to find help, apps, files, settings—you name it. You can also get quick answers from the web—like weather, stock prices, currency conversion, and much more—and get to websites faster by using links in the preview pane.

Cortana and Search has been separated starting with Windows 10 version 1903.

My device history allows Windows Search to improve on-device searches by collecting and using your app, settings, and other history from devices that you sign-in with your Microsoft account.

My search history allows Windows Search to improve on-device searches collecting and using your search history from devices that you sign-in with your Microsoft account.

Search activity appears only if you:
  • Search from Bing, and are signed in to Bing with your Microsoft account—though you can still view your search activity on the Bing.com Search History page.
  • Land on Bing pages when you search from Cortana. Search activity doesn't appear if you search from the Cortana app on a phone that uses an iOS or Android operating system.

This tutorial will show you how to turn on or off using your device history and search history to improve on-device searches for your account in Windows 10.


 CONTENTS:

  • Option One: Turn On or Off My Device History for On-device Searches in Settings
  • Option Two: Turn On or Off My Search History for On-device Searches in Settings


EXAMPLE: Windows Search (Win+S) from taskbar
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Turn On or Off Device and Search History in Windows 10 OPTION ONE Turn On or Off Device and Search History in Windows 10
Turn On or Off My Device History for On-device Searches in Settings

1. Open Settings, and click/tap on the Search icon.

2. Click/tap on Permissions & History on the left side, and turn on (default) or off My device history for what you want under History on the right side. (see screenshot below)

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Turn On or Off Device and Search History in Windows 10 OPTION TWO Turn On or Off Device and Search History in Windows 10
Turn On or Off My Search History for On-device Searches in Settings

1. Open Settings, and click/tap on the Search icon.

2. Click/tap on Permissions & History on the left side, and turn on (default) or off My search history for what you want under History on the right side. (see screenshot below)

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That's it,
Shawn