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Privacy

Protect your data and information with a range of privacy settings in Windows 10. Keep your information and your Surface Laptop safe by adjusting everything from your location and account info to camera and microphone settings to your preferences.

Adjust general privacy settings

  1. Select Start , select Settings , then click Privacy or open settings from Start menu or use the keyboard shortcut, Windows key + I.

  1. In the General settings, use the sliders to set options for advertising ID, website access, tracking apps, and suggested content.

Adjust location privacy settings

  1. Select Start , select Settings , then click Privacy or open settings from Start menu or use the keyboard shortcut, Windows key + I.

  1. Select Location from the menu on the left.

  1. Change the location for device or let Windows know your location for apps and services to serve you the best and most relevant content.
  2. Click “Set default” to allow Windows, apps, and services to use a location that you set if Surface Laptop can’t detect your exact location.
  3. Scroll further to clear your location history on Surface Laptop then use the toggle sliders to select which apps you’d like to detect your precise location. For example, you might want Maps on for better directions and your email and calendar to sync to your time zone, so your appointments are in sync with you wherever you are.

Adjust camera privacy settings

  1. Select Start , select Settings , then click Privacy or open settings from Start menu or use the keyboard shortcut, Windows key + I.

  1. Select Camera from the menu on the left.

  1. Set whether all apps can use your camera, or use the toggle sliders to select which apps you’d like to allow access to your camera.

Adjust microphone privacy settings

  1. Select Start , select Settings , then click Privacy or open settings from Start menu or use the keyboard shortcut, Windows key + I.

  1. Select Microphone from the menu on the left.
  2. Set whether all apps can use your microphone, or use the toggle sliders to select which apps you’d like to allow access to your microphone.

Adjust notification privacy settings

  1. Select Start , select Settings , then click Privacy or open settings from Start menu or use the keyboard shortcut, Windows key + I.

  1. Select Notifications from the menu on the left.
  2. Choose whether apps can access your notifications.

Adjust speech, inking, and typing privacy settings

  1. Select Start , select Settings , then click Privacy or open settings from Start menu or use the keyboard shortcut, Windows key + I.

  1. Select Speech, inking, & typing from the menu on the left.
  2. Choose whether speech services and typing suggestions are turned on or off.

Set your Account info privacy settings

  1. Select Start , select Settings , then click Privacy or open settings from Start menu or use the keyboard shortcut, Windows key + I.

  1. Select Account info from the menu on the left.
  2. Choose whether apps can access your name, picture, and other account info.

Set your contacts privacy settings

  1. Select Start , select Settings , then click Privacy or open settings from Start menu or use the keyboard shortcut, Windows key + I.

  1. Select Contacts from the menu on the left.
  2. Choose whether apps can access your contacts.

Set your calendar privacy settings

  1. Select Start , select Settings , then click Privacy or open settings from Start menu or use the keyboard shortcut, Windows key + I.

  1. Select Calendar from the menu on the left.
  2. Choose whether apps can access your calendar.

Set your call history privacy settings

  1. Select Start , select Settings , then click Privacy or open settings from Start menu or use the keyboard shortcut, Windows key + I.

  1. Select Call history from the menu on the left.
  2. Choose whether apps can access your call history.

Set your email privacy settings

  1. Select Start , select Settings , then click Privacy or open settings from Start menu or use the keyboard shortcut, Windows key + I.

  1. Select Email from the menu on the left.
  2. Choose whether apps can access your email.

Set your tasks privacy settings

  1. Select Start , select Settings , then click Privacy or open settings from Start menu or use the keyboard shortcut, Windows key + I.

  1. Select Tasks from the menu on the left.
  2. Choose whether apps can access your tasks.

Set your messaging privacy settings

  1. Select Start , select Settings , then click Privacy or open settings from Start menu or use the keyboard shortcut, Windows key + I.

  1. Select Messaging from the menu on the left.
  2. Choose whether apps can access your messages (send and receive text or MMS).

Set your radios privacy settings

  1. Select Start , select Settings , then click Privacy or open settings from Start menu or use the keyboard shortcut, Windows key + I.

  1. Select Radios from the menu on the left.
  2. Choose whether apps can control your radios like Bluetooth to send and receive data..

Set your feedback & diagnostic privacy settings

  1. Select Start , select Settings , then click Privacy or open settings from Start menu or use the keyboard shortcut, Windows key + I.

  1. Select Feedback & diagnostics from the menu on the left.
  2. Choose how much information you send to Microsoft, and how often you are asked for feedback.

Set your background apps privacy settings

  1. Select Start , select Settings , then click Privacy or open settings from Start menu or use the keyboard shortcut, Windows key + I.

  1. Select Background apps from the menu on the left.
  2. Choose whether apps can run in the background.

Update app diagnostics settings

  1. Select Start , select Settings , then click Privacy or open settings from Start menu or use the keyboard shortcut, Windows key + I.

  1. Select App diagnostics from the menu on the left.
  2. Choose whether apps can access diagnostic information.

Set your automatic file download privacy settings

  1. Select Start , select Settings , then click Privacy or open settings from Start menu or use the keyboard shortcut, Windows key + I.

  1. Select Automatic file downloads from the menu on the left.
  2. Choose whether apps can request automatic file downloads. There will only be apps listed here if you have blocked apps from utilizing this feature.