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Turn On or Off Cortana Send Notifications and Information between Devices in Windows 10

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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.

Cortana can send notifications and information between devices to tell you on this Windows 10 PC what is happening on your other devices that you are also signed in with your Microsoft account. This includes low battery warnings, phone calls or texts, what you last worked on, and more.

This tutorial will show you how to turn on or off Cortana to send notifications and information between devices for your account in Windows 10.

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You will need to sign in to Cortana with your Microsoft account to be able to turn on Send notifications and information between devices for this Windows 10 PC.

You will need to turn on Send notifications and information between devices for each device (that you sign in with the same Microsoft account) you want to see notifications from on this PC.

Here's How:

1. Click/tap on the Cortana icon (Win+S) on the taskbar, and click/tap on the Settings (gear) icon.
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Starting with Windows 10 build 16188, Cortana's settings have been integrated into Settings.
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2. Do step 3 (off) or step 4 (on/edit) below for what you want to do.

 3. To Turn Off Cortana Send notifications and information between devices

A) Turn off the Send notifications and information between devices setting. (see screenshot below)

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 4. To Turn On and Edit Sync Settings for Cortana Send notifications and information between devices

A) Turn on the Send notifications and information between devices setting, and click/tap on the Edit sync settings button. (see screenshot below)

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Tip   Tip
If you have an iPhone or Android phone, you can click/tap on the Get Cortana mobile app for my phone link for how to download and install the app on your phone.
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B) Click/tap on a listed device you want to turn on or off getting notifications from. (see screenshot below)

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C) Turn On or Off getting notifications from this device for what you want. (see screenshots below)
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If you like, you can click/tap on the Back arrow button at the top left to return to step 4B for another device.

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That's it,