How to Configure Windows 10 Privacy Settings Using Settings app

Windows 10 users has continually been concerned regarding the way Microsoft gathers feedback, data and usage statistics from their Windows 10  PC – and it won’t be wrong to mention the fact that Microsoft has also not been very clear about this. It is true that Microsoft requires user feedback to improve the OS and deliver however there are several who don’t wish to share even this information.

Hence, in this guide, we are going to discuss the many built-in privacy options which are available in Windows 10 Settings, using that you can configure the way Windows 10 shares information with Microsoft.

Configuring Windows 10 Privacy Settings:

Every single feature you have been enabled through Express setup can be reversed after the fact. As you may expect, this all happens through Settings press windows KEY + I, that includes a Privacy section which covers each and every single setting you have enabled in Express setup. You are required to spend time in Privacy settings regardless of what you probably did in Setup, if only to assure yourself that there is nothing scary happening in Windows 10 settings at all.


Privacy, General:

In Privacy, General, you will be able to see the options for disabling the personal advertising ID that will result in non-personalized advertisements, disabling the Smart Screen filter on the Store apps, disabling the typing and writing data to Microsoft so as to improve Windows, and disabling the ability of browsers to understand your configured languages for purposes of providing the local content. There is  a link to the Microsoft Privacy website, wherever you will be able to learn more and configure these settings globally for your Microsoft account or the current web browser.

Privacy, Location:

Here, you will be able to configure and also learn regarding your location settings. Here is an app list therefore you will be able to enable location globally however to prevent certain apps from accessing this information if you would like.

Privacy, Camera:

As you may expect, this interface lets you to globally either you can enable or disable the camera in your PC and you can determine which apps can access the camera.

Privacy, Microphone:

You can enable or disable the microphones in your PC.

Privacy, Speech, ink and typing: Likewise, Cortana—which, remember, could be a digital personal assistant—must have to access to your calendar and contacts, and collection data regarding you in her notebook, in order to work at all. And if you don’t like that,  then turn it all off. And do not use Cortana.


Privacy, Contacts. : You will be able to explicitly configure which apps the ability to access your contacts list.

Privacy, Calendar. : You can also able to disable calendar access.

Privacy, Messaging: You can globally enable or disable the ability of apps to read or send text messages SMS or MMS. You can also select which apps have the ability to access this.

Privacy, Radio: Some of the radios in your PC or tablet such as Bluetooth can be controlled by apps. You will be able to disable this  globally or on an app-by-app basis.

Privacy, Other devices:  Devices that you have been  explicitly paired with your PC or tablet such as smart phone you can automatically sync data and share the information. You will also be able to disable this  globally or on an app-by-app basis.

Privacy, Feedback and diagnostics:  By default, Windows will be automatically ask you for the feedback from time to time, and if you do not like that, you can change the timing or simple you can turn it off.  If you’re a member of the Windows Insider program and you have enabled the Insider access on the current PC, you cannot be able to change this setting, and also automatic diagnostic information collection is needed.

Privacy, Background apps : While this is more of a battery life problem than a privacy issue, Windows lets you configure that which apps are allowed to run in the background. These apps will be stay up to date by receiving information from the browser, and you can also trigger notifications even when you are not using them.

Wi-Fi settings:

Now click on the “Network & Internet” section. Now choose your Internet connection in Wi-Fi tab and click on the Manage Wi-Fi settings link.

Now set these three options present in “Wi-Fi Sense” section to Off:

Connect to the suggested open hotspots – OFF
Connect to networks shared by your contacts – OFF
Get online when you’re on the go by buying Wi-Fi. When turned on, Windows will temporarily connect to open hot spots that aren’t secure to see if paid Wi-Fi is available – OFF

wi-fi settings

That’s it . After customizing all these settings, you must not be worried about your privacy issues in Windows 10. You are now good to go.


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