How to Disable Telemetry on Windows 11 (Full Guide)

If you have used Windows 10, you might know about the Telemetry System. If you don’t, Telemetry is an automated process used to collect data remotely. In computers, telemetry refers to the data collected on user activity.

Tech companies collect data through their telemetry system to improve the user experience using their apps and services. Similarly, Microsoft also collects your data through its telemetry system on Windows 11 to enhance your user experience.

What is Windows Telemetry?

Microsoft collects your activity information, such as the apps you use, your system settings, Windows settings, sites you visit, etc., and sends it to its Server. Microsoft needs the data from its users to improve the operating system, enhance security, and resolve existing bugs.

While Microsoft has fair reasons to collect data remotely, it could be a privacy concern for many. Not everyone would want to give away their system & app usage details to Microsoft without consent. If you don’t want Windows 11 to collect & send telemetry data to Microsoft, you need to turn it off manually.

Disabling Telemetry on Windows 11 is pretty easy, and you can do it without installing any third-party app. Below, we have shared a few of the best ways to limit data collection on Windows 11. Let’s get started.

1. Disable Sending Diagnostic Data on Windows 11

To get started, you first need to turn off sending optional diagnostic data to Microsoft in Windows 11. Here’s what you need to do.

1. First, click the Windows 11 Start button and select Settings.

2. On the Settings app, click on the Privacy & Security section on the left pane.

Privacy & Security

3. On the right, scroll down and click the Diagnostics & feedback option.

Diagnostics & feedback

4. Next, expand the Diagnostic data section and turn off the toggle for Send optional diagnostic data

'Send optional diagnostic data'

5. Now scroll down a bit and expand the Tailored experiences.

Tailored experiences

6. Under the Tailored Experiences, turn off the toggle switch that reads Let Microsoft use your diagnostic…

turn off the toggle switch

2. Disable Other Diagnostic Data on Windows 11

You need to disable a few other options to prevent data tracking entirely. Here are the few things you need to disable.

1. First, click the Windows 11 Start button and select Settings.

Settings

2. On the Settings app, click the Privacy & Security option in the left sidebar.

Privacy & Security

3. On the right pane, click on the Speech.

Speech

4. Turn off the toggle for Online Speech recognition on the next page.

Online Speech recognition

5. Now, move back to the previous page and click on the Inking & typing personalization.

Inking & typing personalization

6. On the next screen, turn off the toggle for ‘Personal inking and typing dictionary’

'Personal inking and typing dictionary'

7. Now, move back to the previous screen and click on the Activity History.

Activity History

8. On the Activity History section, turn off the toggle for Store my activity history on this device. Once done, click on the Clear History button.

'Store my activity history on this device'

3. Make Changes to General Privacy Settings

You can also make a few changes to the Genera Privacy Settings of Windows 11 to prevent data tracking. Here are some of the important changes you need to make.

1. First, click the Windows 11 Start button and select Settings.

Settings

2. On the Settings page, click the Privacy & Security option in the left pane.

Privacy & Security

3. On the right, scroll down and click the General option under Windows permissions.

click on the General option

4. On the next screen, you need to disable all four options:

  • Let apps show me personalized ads by using my advertising ID.
  • Let websites show me locally relevant content by accessing my language list.
  • Show me suggested content in the Settings app.
  • Let Windows improve Start and search results by tracking app launches.
  • After turning off all four options, restart your Windows 11 computer.

disable all four options

4. Disable the Find My Device Feature

The Find My Device feature is useful and should be turned on if you often forget where your laptop is kept.

However, with this feature, Microsoft keeps track of your location details. So, if you want to avoid data tracking, you should turn off the Windows 11 Find My Device Feature as well.

1. Launch the Settings app on your Windows 11 PC.

Settings

2. When the Settings app opens, switch to Privacy & Security.

Privacy & Security

3. On the right side, click on Find my device.

Find my device

4. Next, turn off the toggle beside Find My Device.

turn off

Also read: How to Change Wallpaper in Windows 11 Without Activation

These are the best ways to disable telemetry on a Windows 11 PC. These methods disable all types of data tracking on your device. If you need more help regarding Telemetry data, let us know in the comments.

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