The Windows 10 Cortana virtual assistant keeps a record of everything the user searches for by voice on the computer. According to Microsoft, the information is used to improve the tool, but it is not essential for the basic functioning of the dictation search. The data is saved in the cloud and can be reproduced and deleted at any time.
To further preserve privacy, it is possible to disable the storage of search terms once and for all, preventing your voice searches from being kept on the company's servers. Learn how to view and delete your interactions with Cortana.
How to use Cortana on the Windows 10 lock screen
Learn how to see Cortana's research history Photo: Reproduo / Microsoft
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Step 1. Open the Start Menu and access the Windows 10 settings. Then select Accounts;
Access the Windows 10 account settings Photo: Reproduo / Paulo Alves
Step 2. Choose the option Manage my Microsoft account;
Manage your Microsoft account Photo: Reproduo / Paulo Alves
Step 3. Log in using the same Microsoft email and password registered on the computer;
Log in to your Microsoft account Photo: Reproduo / Paulo Alves
Step 4. Access the Privacy tab and search for the Voice Activity item. Select View and clear voice activity;
Access your voice research history Photo: Reproduo / Paulo Alves
Step 5. The website will list all voice searches made by Cortana. Click the play button to listen and delete the items one by one. To delete the entire history at once, check Clear activity;
Listen and delete files recorded by Cortana on Windows 10 Photo: Reproduo / Paulo Alves
Step 6. Confirm the general cleaning of the history.
Remove the complete history of audio recorded by Cortana Photo: Reproduo / Paulo Alves
How to prevent voice history recording
The only way to prevent recording of personal audio is to disable Cortana's voice recognition feature.
Step 1. Access the Windows 10 settings and select the Privacy menu;
Access the privacy settings of Windows 10 Photo: Reproduo / Paulo Alves
Step 2. In the Speech, ink writing and typing side menu, click the Disable speech services and typing suggestions button and confirm your choice. Then, Cortana will no longer be able to collect audio, but will still be able to answer interactions by text.
Disable Cortana's audio collection on your computer Photo: Reproduo / Paulo Alves