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How to Clear Your Personal Data and Info from Cortana

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Cortana is your cloud-based personal assistant that works across your devices and other Microsoft services. Depending on the capabilities of your device and the version of Cortana youíre using, Cortana can provide a range of features, some of which are personalized. Cortana on Windows is available in certain regions and languages. If Cortana isnít available for your Windows device, you can still search for files on your device in the search box on the taskbar. Cortana is also available on other platforms, such as Android and iOS, in select markets.

Cortana works best when you sign in and let her use data from your device, other Microsoft services, and third-party services you choose to connect. To provide you with personalized experiences, Cortana learns from certain data about you, such as your searches, calendar, contacts, and location. Youíre in control of how much data you share. If you choose not to sign into Cortana on Windows, you can still chat with Cortana and use her to help you search the web, documents stored in Microsoft services like OneDrive, and your Windows device. See the section about Windows Search in the Privacy Statement for more information. If you donít sign in, or you choose to sign out, your experiences will be more limited and they wonít be personalized with your Cortana data. On iOS and Android devices, Cortana only works when you sign in.

This information is saved on your device, in your Cortana Notebook on the PC, and on the cloud in your privacy dashboard.

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This tutorial will show you how to clear what Cortana stored about you on your Windows 10 PC and in the cloud on the Bing.com dashboard.


CONTENTS:
  • Option One: To Clear Data Cortana has Associated with your PC by Signing out of Cortana
  • Option Two: Turn off Speech Services and Typing Suggestions to Clear Dictionary
  • Option Three: To Clear Personal Data Cortana Knows about you in the Cloud in Cortana Settings
  • Option Four: To Clear Personal Data Cortana Knows about you in the Cloud from Your Privacy Dashboard
  • Option Five: To Clear Your Device History in Cortana Settings





Clear Personal Data and Information from Cortana OPTION ONE Clear Personal Data and Information from Cortana
To Clear Data Cortana has Associated with your PC by Signing out of Cortana

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Signing out of Cortana clears the data Cortana has associated with that device. Your data associated with other devices will remain intact until you sign out from Cortana on those devices as well. Signing out of Cortana on your device stops Cortanaís data collection and use on that device and clears the interests and data on that device, but signing out wonít clear the data thatís already saved in the Notebook or at account.microsoft.com/privacy. On Windows, even after youíve signed out of Cortana, characters you type into the taskbar search box are automatically sent to Bing and offer search recommendations. Your typed characters and searches will continue to be collected and used as described in the Privacy Statement. If you prefer not to send any character data to Microsoft, choose not to use Cortana.






Clear Personal Data and Information from Cortana OPTION TWO Clear Personal Data and Information from Cortana
Turn off Speech Services and Typing Suggestions to Clear Dictionary

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If this is turned on, you can use your voice to do thinks like talk to Cortana or Store apps, and use your typing history and handwriting patterns to create a local user dictionary that makes better suggestions for you. Microsoft will use your voice input to make cloud-based speech services work even better

If you turn this off, you can no longer speak to Cortana, and everything will be deleted from the dictionary Windows uses to improve the suggestions offered for inking and typing.

See also: Speech, inking, typing, and privacy - Microsoft privacy


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

2. Click/tap on Speech, inking, & typing on the left side, and click/tap on the Turn off speech services and typing suggestions button on the right side. (see screenshot below)

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3. Click/tap on Turn off to confirm. (see screenshot below)

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4. When finished, you can close Settings if you like.






Clear Personal Data and Information from Cortana OPTION THREE Clear Personal Data and Information from Cortana
To Clear Personal Data Cortana Knows about you in the Cloud in Cortana Settings

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You can delete what Cortana knows about you, including favorites, plans, interests and more. When Cortana is enabled, she uploads information from your device(s), such as your calendar, contacts, location triggered by Cortana, and browsing history to provide Cortana recommendations. Clearing your data will affect Microsoft's ability to provide Cortana's recommendations and/or personalize your speech, inking and typing experience on your device(s).

Starting with Windows 10 build 16188, Cortana's settings have been integrated into Settings.
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1. Click/tap on the Cortana icon (Windows+S) on the taskbar, click/tap on the Settings (gear) icon, and click/tap on the Change what Cortana knows about me in the cloud link. (see screenshot below)

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2. Click/tap on the Clear button under Clear your data at the bottom. (see screenshot below)

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3. Your data is now cleared. (see screenshot below)

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Clear Personal Data and Information from Cortana OPTION FOUR Clear Personal Data and Information from Cortana
To Clear Personal Data Cortana Knows about you in the Cloud from Your Privacy Dashboard






Clear Personal Data and Information from Cortana OPTION FIVE Clear Personal Data and Information from Cortana
To Clear Your Device History in Cortana Settings

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The My device history setting allows Cortana to collect search information using apps, settings, history from all your signed-in devices with the same Microsoft account to improve your search results on your devices.

Starting with Windows 10 build 16188, Cortana's settings have been integrated into Settings.
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1. Click/tap on the Cortana icon (Windows+S) on the taskbar, click/tap on the Settings (gear) icon, and click/tap on the Clear my device history button under My device history. (see screenshot below)

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