General privacy settings in Windows 10

Windows 10 provides you with privacy settings to control your privacy.

Relevant ads

Windows generates a unique advertising ID for each user on a device, which app developers and advertising networks can use to provide more relevant advertising in apps. When the advertising ID is enabled, apps can access and use it in much the same way that websites can access and use a unique identifier stored in a cookie. Thus, app developers (and the advertising networks they work with) can use your advertising ID to provide more relevant advertising and other personalized experiences across their apps.

To turn off your advertising ID

  1. Go to Start , then select Settings > Privacy > General.
  2. Choose your preferred setting for Let app use advertising ID to make ads more interesting to you based on your app usage.

Note

Turning the advertising ID off will not reduce the number of ads you see, but it may mean that ads are less interesting and relevant to you. Turning it back on will reset the advertising ID.

Windows Defender SmartScreen

Windows Defender SmartScreen sends data to Microsoft about the websites you visit and files you download to warn you and help protect you and your device from unsafe web content or malicious software.

To turn off Windows Defender SmartScreen

  1. Go to Start , then select Settings > Privacy > General.
  2. Choose your preferred setting for Turn on Windows Defender SmartScreen to check web content (URLs) that Windows Store apps use.

Website access of the language list

Some websites may have their content available in different languages. Windows can share information about your preferred language list with websites so that they can have the opportunity to respect your language preferences without you having to independently set them for each site.

To turn off website access to the language list

  1. Go to Start , then select Settings > Privacy > General.
  2. Choose your preferred setting for Let websites provide locally relevant content by accessing my language list.

App launch tracking

Windows can personalize your Start menu based on the apps that you launch. This allows you to quickly have access to your list of Most used apps both in the Start menu and when you search your device.

To control app launch tracking

  1. Go to Start , then select Settings > Privacy > General.
  2. Choose your preferred setting for Let Windows track app launches to improve Start and search results.

Suggested content

Microsoft can offer you suggestions throughout Settings. This content comes in a variety of forms, and can help you discover new features within Settings, or suggest new content and apps you may find interesting. To disable these suggestions, go to Settings > Privacy and then turn off Show me suggested content in the Settings app.