Microsoft Edge and privacy: FAQ

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Can I clear the browsing history information or other information that Microsoft Edge saves on my device?

Yes. You can clear cookies and saved website data, form data and passwords used to help make your browsing experience easy. Here’s how:

  • In Microsoft Edge, go to More More > Settings, and under Clear browsing data, select Choose what to clear, then tick the checkbox(es) for the information that you want to clear.

Can I clear the browsing data that’s sent to Microsoft when I use Microsoft Edge with Cortana? (Not applicable to Windows 10 Mobile)

Yes, if you have turned on Cortana and allowed Cortana to assist you in Microsoft Edge, you can clear the browsing data that’s sent to Microsoft. There are two ways of doing this.

  • Go to Cortana > Notebook > Settings, select Manage what Cortana knows about me in the cloud, then, under Other Cortana Data and Personalised Speech, Inking and Typing, select Clear.

  • Go to Bing.com, then Settings > Personalisation, then, under Other Cortana Data and Personalised Speech, Inking and Typing, select Clear.

I don’t want Microsoft Edge to remember my passwords for the sites I visit. How do I turn this off?

The Offer to save passwords setting is turned on by default. If you don’t want Microsoft Edge to remember your passwords for specific websites, go to More More > Settings, and under Advanced settings, select View advanced settings, then, under Privacy and services, turn the Offer to save passwords setting off, or select Manage my saved passwords to manage saved passwords individually.
Changing this setting won’t clear your previously saved passwords. If you’d like to clear those, in Microsoft Edge, go to More More > Settings, and under Clear browsing data, select Choose what to clear, then tick the Passwords checkbox.

I don’t want Microsoft Edge to remember information that I enter on forms. How do I turn this off?

The Save form entries setting is turned on by default. If you don’t want Microsoft Edge to save your form entries, go to More More > Settings, and under Advanced settings, select View advanced settings, then, under Privacy and services, turn the Save form entries setting off.

How can I clear and manage cookies in Microsoft Edge?

Cookies are small files that are put on your device as you browse the web to save information for a variety of purposes. Cookies can be used to store information about your preferences and settings to make your browsing experience better, such as avoiding signing in each time you visit sites. Cookies can also be used to collect information about your online activity for the purpose of interest-based advertising.

Here’s how to clear and manage cookies in Microsoft Edge:

  • To clear cookies that are saved on your device, go to More More > Settings, and under Clear browsing data, select Choose what to clear, then tick the Cookies and saved website data checkbox.
  • To manage cookies, go to More More > Settings, and under Advanced settings, select View advanced Settings, then, under Privacy and services > Cookies, select the option you want. (Block all cookies blocks all cookies that websites try to save to your computer. Only block third-party cookies blocks third-party cookies, which are saved by external web services, such as ads embedded on web pages you have navigated to.)

Do I have to use Cortana with Microsoft Edge? Or can I use it separately? (Not applicable to Windows 10 Mobile)

You can choose whether or not you want to have Cortana assist you in Microsoft Edge, and you can still use Cortana if you decide that you don’t want to use it with Microsoft Edge.

To turn Cortana on or off in Microsoft Edge, go to More More > Settings, and under Advanced settings, select View advanced Settings, then, under Privacy and services, turn the Have Cortana assist me in Microsoft Edge setting on or off.

What does the Let sites save protected media licences on my device setting mean?

The Let sites save protected media licences on my device setting is turned on by default. Some websites that stream music or videos use Digital Rights Management (DRM) to help protect against copying the streamed content. This may require saving data locally on your device.

As you can download or otherwise obtain this type of media while using Microsoft Edge, the Let sites save protected media licences on my device setting allows sites that offer this type of protected media to save DRM data on your device, including a unique identifier (ID) and media licences (which make sure you have permission to access the media). This information is then retrieved by the websites you visit that host the protected content in order to allow you to use that content.

To change this setting, go to More More > Settings, and under Advanced settings, select View advanced Settings, then, under Privacy and services, turn the Let sites save protected media licences on my device setting on or off.

Note

  • Turning this setting off prevents new media licences from being saved on your device. Turning it back on will reset your unique ID and allow you to download and otherwise obtain protected media via Microsoft Edge.

To clear the DRM data, including your unique ID and any acquired media licences, go to More More > Settings, and under Clear browsing data, select Choose what to clear, select Show more, then tick the Media licences checkbox. Clearing this data will reset your unique ID.

What does the Show search and site suggestions as I type setting mean?

The Show search and site suggestions as I type setting is turned on by default. When this setting is on, as you start typing in the search box or in the address bar of your browser, the information that you enter is sent to Bing so you get immediate search or site suggestions.

To change the Show search and site suggestions as I type setting, go to More More > Settings, and under Advanced settings, select View advanced Settings, then, under Privacy and services, turn the Show search and site suggestions as I type setting on or off.

I don’t want my browsing history to be sent to Microsoft. Can I turn this off?

There are a couple of ways in which your browsing data may be sent to Microsoft. Here’s what they are and how to change those settings:

  • Only applicable to Microsoft Edge on Windows 10: if you’re using Cortana with Microsoft Edge, your browsing history will be sent to Microsoft to help Cortana personalise your experience. If you don’t want your browsing history sent to Microsoft for personalisation you can turn off the Have Cortana assist me in Microsoft Edge setting. Go to More More > Settings, and under Advanced settings, select View advanced Settings, then, under Privacy and services, turn the Have Cortana assist me in Microsoft Edge setting off.
  • If the Use page prediction setting is on, it sends your browsing history to Microsoft, uses aggregated browsing history data to predict which pages you’re likely to browse to next, then loads those pages in the background for a faster browsing experience. To change this setting, go to More More > Settings, and under Advanced settings, select View advanced Settings, then, under Privacy and services, turn the Use page prediction to speed up browsing, improve reading and make my overall experience better setting on or off.

How does SmartScreen Filter work?

As you use Microsoft Edge, SmartScreen Filter automatically blocks websites and content downloads that are known to be malicious. Microsoft Edge will let you know when a web page has been blocked because it's known to be malicious. Microsoft Edge will periodically download a list of malicious URLs from Microsoft. When a URL is blocked, you’ll be redirected to a Microsoft web page which will receive standard device information and the URL of the page hosting malicious content.

To change SmartScreen Filter settings, go to More More > Settings, and under Advanced settings, select View advanced Settings, then, under Privacy and services, turn the Help protect me from malicious sites and downloads with SmartScreen Filter setting on or off.

What is the Send Do Not Track requests setting?

When the Send Do Not Track requests setting is turned on, it will send a request to the websites that you visit to not track your activities, including to the third parties whose content may be hosted on the sites you visit.

To change this setting, go to More More > Settings, and under Advanced settings, select View advanced Settings, then, under Privacy and services, turn the Send Do Not Track requests setting on or off.

Note

  • Websites may continue to track your activities even when you have the Send Do Not Track requests setting turned on. Websites may also ask your permission for an exception from Do Not Track requests. You can clear the websites you have exempted at any time.

Can I use InPrivate mode in Microsoft Edge?

Yes, you can use the InPrivate browsing mode in Microsoft Edge. When you use Microsoft Edge in InPrivate mode, your browsing information, such as cookies, history or temporary files, aren't saved on your device after your browsing session has ended. Microsoft Edge clears all temporary data from your device.

  • For Windows 10: to start a new InPrivate browsing session, go to More More icon > New InPrivate window.
  • For Windows 10 Mobile: to start a new InPrivate browsing session, select the tabs button Tabs button , More More icon > New InPrivate window.

Learn more about Windows and privacy

Cortana is only available in certain countries/regions, and some Cortana features might not be available everywhere. If Cortana isn’t available or is turned off, you can still use search.