4 Ways to Turn off Windows 11 Telemetry Collection
Your data is primarily used to track and improve the operating system. However, a potential issue arises when it is shared with authorized third parties. Did you know that you can disable telemetry collection in Windows 11? If you want to turn off this setting, continue reading to learn how.
Telemetry involves transmitting data from your computer to Microsoft. Normally, telemetry data collection is enabled by default. However, you can disable the collection of telemetry data in Windows 11 by ensuring that all relevant settings are turned off. Read on to learn how to disable tracking and telemetry features on Windows 11.
1. Disable Diagnostic Data Collection on Windows 11
Microsoft collects data on system usage and functions, ranging from crash reports to accessed apps. To stop sending this information, disable diagnostic data collection in the Settings menu. Here’s how:
1. Right-click Start and select Settings.
Step 2: Scroll down and click on ‘Privacy & security’ from the menu options.
Step 3: Click on ‘Diagnostics & feedback’.
Click on Diagnostic data to expand the menu options
Step 5: Turn off the ‘Send optional diagnostic data’ toggle to disable data collection for the ‘Improve inking and typing’ option.
Step 6: Click the Tailored experiences section to see more options.
Step 7: Turn off the toggle. This will prevent Microsoft from using your diagnostic data for other services.
Step 8: Ensure that the ‘View diagnostic data’ toggle is off.
This will disable tracking or telemetry features in Windows 11. You can also delete stored data on your device. Click ‘Delete diagnostic data’.
Step 10: Click Delete.
This will trigger a deletion request to Microsoft. The data will be deleted in the next few days. However, the other part of your data might still be available in your Microsoft account. Read on to know how to delete it as well.
Clear Microsoft Account Tracking History
If you’re signed in to your Microsoft account on your device, chances are that some of your data might also be stored on your Microsoft account. You will need to delete this separately by going into your Microsoft account’s privacy settings. Follow the steps below to do it.
Note: Ensure you are signed in to your Microsoft account before starting.
Step 1: Open your Microsoft Account’s Privacy page on your web browser.
Step 2: Scroll down and click on ‘App and service activity’.
Step 3: Click on ‘Clear all app and service activity’.
Tip: You can also click on ‘Download your data’ to view the available data in your Microsoft account.
Step 4: Click Clear.
Step 5: After deleting the data, you can enable automatic data deletion by selecting the duration and clicking Turn on.
Microsoft periodically deletes all collected data. You can also clear all other data parameters individually.
Microsoft shares some data with third parties to show you relevant and personalized ads. You can disable this by turning off advertising trackers on Windows 11. Here’s how.
Step 1: Right-click on Start. Then, click on Settings.
Step 2: Scroll down and click on the ‘Privacy & security’ tab.
Step 3: Under the Windows permissions section, click on General.
Step 4: Turn off all relevant toggles.
This will disable the Windows 11 advertising trackers.
3. Stop Activity Tracking on Windows 11
Activity tracking on Windows 11 tracks the apps, services, and files you access. This data is stored locally and may also be stored on your Microsoft account if you’re signed in.
To delete the local copy of this data, follow these steps:
1. Open Settings.
2. Click on ‘Privacy & security’ in the menu tab.
3. Scroll down and click on Activity history.
Step 4: Turn off the toggle for ‘Store my activity history on this device’.
Step 5: Go to ‘Clear activity history for this account’ and click on Clear history. Note that this will clear activity history for all devices associated with this account.
Step 6: Click Clear.
To stop activity tracking and clear activity history, use this method:
“This will stop activity tracking and clear all previous history from Windows 11.”
While Windows can still track your location if the find my device feature is enabled, you can turn it off to prevent this. Follow these steps to do so.
Note: Location services must be on for the find my device feature to work.
Step 1: Open Settings and go to ‘Privacy & security’.
Step 2: Click on ‘Find my device’.
Step 3: Click on the toggle to turn it off.
Disabling Windows 11 find my device feature is recommended.
FAQs for Disabling Windows 11’s Telemetry Collection
You can turn off activity tracking in Microsoft Edge by opening the browser settings. In the ‘Privacy, search and services’ tab, enable Strict mode for tracking protection. You can also disable other settings related to data collection.
Yes, you can disable ads in Windows 11. Open Settings and go to the System tab. Then, click on Notifications > Additional settings. Uncheck all the available options to disable notification ads. You can also refer to our article for removing annoying ads on Windows.
Protect Your Data
In the age of data privacy, it is good to know how data is collected and shared. If you’re not comfortable sharing this data, you can disable it. We hope our article helped you disable Windows 11’s telemetry collection. You can also disable app permissions in Windows 11 to prevent apps from accessing sensitive device data.
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