Turn On or Off Cortana Using Your Microsoft Edge Browsing History in Windows 10

This tutorial is no longer valid starting with Windows 10 version 2004.

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.

You can manage permissions for what Cortana can see and use for your account in Windows 10.

If you allow Cortana to use your browsing history, Microsoft will collect your Microsoft Edge search queries and full browsing history, associated with a user ID. Cortana will use this data to learn about you and provide you with timely and intelligent answers and proactice personalized suggestions, or to complete web tasks for you. Cortana won't collect information about sites you visit in InPrivate tabs.

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This tutorial will show you how to turn on or off Cortana using your browsing history for personalized suggestions and help pick where you left off on Microsoft Edge websites in Windows 10.

You will need to sign in to Cortana with your Microsoft account to be able to turn on allowing Cortana to use your browsing history in Microsoft Edge.

Here's How:

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

2. Click/tap on Permissions on the left side, and click/tap on the Manage the information Cortana can access from this device link under Permissions on the right side. (see screenshot below)

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3. Turn On or Off (default) Browsing history for what you want. (see screenshot below)

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

That's it,