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Search across time to find the content you need. Then, re-engage with it. With Recall, you have an explorable timeline of your PC’s past. Just describe how you remember it and Recall will retrieve the moment you saw it. Any photo, link, or message can be a fresh point to continue from. As you use your PC, Recall takes snapshots of your screen. Snapshots are taken every five seconds while content on the screen is different from the previous snapshot. Your snapshots are then locally stored and locally analyzed on your PC. Recall’s analysis allows you to search for content, including both images and text, using natural language. Trying to remember the name of the Korean restaurant your friend Alice mentioned? Just ask Recall and it retrieves both text and visual matches for your search, automatically sorted by how closely the results match your search. Recall can even take you back to the exact location of the item you saw.

Screenshot of Recall displaying the search results for the query "Korean restaurant that Alice". 


  • Recall is coming soon through a post-launch Windows update.  See

  • Recall is optimized for select languages (English, Chinese (simplified), French, German, Japanese, and Spanish. Content-based and storage limitations apply. For more information, see

System requirements for Recall

Your PC needs the following minimum system requirements for Recall:

  • A Copilot+ PC

  • 16 GB RAM

  • 8 logical processors

  • 256 GB storage capacity

    • To enable Recall, you’ll need at least 50 GB of storage space free

    • Saving screenshots automatically pauses once the device has less than 25 GB of storage space

How to use Recall

To open Recall, use the keyboard shortcut Windows logo key  +J, or select the following Recall icon on your taskbar:

Icon for Recall on the taskbar

Your timeline in Recall is broken up into segments, which are the blocks of time that Recall was taking snapshots while you were using your PC. You can hover over your timeline to review your activity in a preview window. Selecting the location on the timeline or selecting the preview window loads the snapshot where you can interact with the content.

Screenshot of Recall with the mouse pointer hovering over a timeline segment.

Search with Recall

Maybe you wanted to make that pizza recipe you saw earlier today but you don’t remember where you saw it. Typing goat cheese pizza into the search box would easily find the recipe again. You could also search for pizza or cheese if you didn’t remember the specific type of pizza or cheese. Less specific searches are likely to bring up more matches though. If you prefer to search using your voice, you can select the microphone then speak your search query.  

Screenshot of the search field for Recall showing the microphone icon and a search for goat cheese pizza.

By default, results are shown from all apps where Recall found matches. You can narrow down your results by filtering the matches to a specific app by selecting an app from the list.

Screenshot of the list of apps that contain the results in Recall

When the results are displayed, they will be listed under the headings of text matches and visual matches. Matches that are closer to your search are shown first. You’ll also notice that some items are listed as one of the following types of matches:

  • Close match: Close matches typically include at least one of the search terms or images that are representative of a term in your query.

  • Related match: Matches that share a commonality with the search terms would be considered related. For instance, if you searched for goat cheese pizza, you might also get related matches that include lasagna or cannelloni since they are Italian dishes too.

Interacting with content

Once you’ve found the item you want to see again, select the tile. Recall opens the snapshot and enables screenray, which runs on top of the saved snapshot. Screenray analyzes what’s in the snapshot and allows you to interact with individual elements in the snapshot. You’ll notice that when screenray is active, your cursor is blue and white. The cursor also changes shape depending on the type of element beneath it. What you can do with each element changes based on what kind of content screenray detects. If you select a picture in the snapshot, you can copy, edit with your default .jpeg app such as Photos, or send it to another app like the Snipping Tool or Paint. When you highlight text with screenray, you can open it in a text editor or copy it. For example, you might want to copy the text of a recipe’s ingredients list to convert it to metric.

Note: When you use an option that sends snapshot content to an app, screenray creates a temporary file in C:\Users\[username]\AppData\Local\Temp in order to share the content. The temporary file is deleted once the content is transferred over the app you selected to use.

Screenshot showing Recall with screenray active and text selected.

Below your selected snapshot, you have more snapshot options. In many cases, you can have Recall take you back to exact location of the item, such as reopening the webpage, PowerPoint presentation, or app that was running at the time the snapshot was taken. You can also hide screenray, copy the snapshot, delete the snapshot, or select for more snapshot options.

Screenshot of the options for the snapshot at the bottom of the Recall window.

Pause or resume snapshots

To pause recall, select the Recall icon in the system tray then Pause until tomorrow.  Snapshots will be paused until they automatically resume at 12:00 AM. When snapshots are paused, the Recall system tray icon has a slash through it so you can easily tell if snapshots are enabled. To manually resume snapshots, select the Recall icon in the system tray and then select Resume snapshots.  You can also access the Recall & snapshots settings page from the bottom of this window.

Screenshot of the resume snapshot option for Recall.

What if I don’t want Recall to save information from certain websites or apps?

You are in control with Recall. You can select which apps and websites you want to exclude, such as banking apps and websites.  You’ll need to use a supported browser for Recall to filter websites and to automatically filter private browsing activity. Supported browsers, and their capabilities include:

  • Microsoft Edge: blocks websites and filters private browsing activity

  • Firefox: blocks websites and filters private browsing activity

  • Opera: blocks websites and filters private browsing activity

  • Google Chrome: blocks websites and filters private browsing activity

  • Chromium based browsers: For Chromium-based browsers not listed above, filters private browsing activity only, doesn’t block specific websites

To exclude a website:

  1. Select then Settings to open the Recall & snapshots settings page.

    1. You can also go to Windows Settings > Privacy & Security > Recall & Snapshots to manage Recall.

  2. Select Add website for the Websites to filter setting.

  3. Type the website you want to filter into the text box. Select Add to add it to the websites to filter list.

Screenshot of adding a website to the filter list in the Recall & snaphots page in Windows settings 

To exclude an app:

  1. Select then Settings to open the Recall & snapshots settings page

  2. Select Add app for the Apps to filter setting.

  3. From the app list, select the app you want to filter from Recall snapshots.

In two specific scenarios, Recall will capture snapshots that include InPrivate windows, blocked apps, and blocked websites. If Recall gets launched, or the Now option is selected in Recall, then a snapshot is taken even when InPrivate windows, blocked apps, and blocked websites are displayed. However, these snapshots are not saved by Recall. If you choose to send the information from this snapshot to another app, a temp file will also be created in C:\Users\[username]\AppData\Local\Temp to share the content. The temporary file is deleted once the content is transferred over the app you selected to use.

Managing your Recall snapshots and disk space

You can configure how much disk space Recall is allowed to use to store snapshots. The amount of disk space you can allocate to Recall varies depending on how much storage your PC has. The following chart shows the storage space options for Recall:

 Device storage capacity

Storage allocation options for Recall

256 GB

25 GB (default), 10 GB

512 GB

75 GB (default), 50 GB, 25 GB

1 TB, or more

150 GB (default), 100 GB, 75 GB, 50 GB, 25 GB

You can change the amount of disk space used or delete snapshots from the Recall & snapshots settings page. 

To change the storage space limit:

1. Expand the Storage settings.

2. Change the Maximum storage for snapshots limit by choosing the limit from the drop-down list. When the limit is reached, the oldest snapshots are deleted first.

To delete snapshots:

  1. Expand the Delete snapshots settings.

  2. You can choose to delete all snapshots or snapshots withing a specific timeframe.

    1. To delete all snapshots, select Delete all.

    2. To delete snapshots from a specific timeframe, select a timeframe from the drop-down list, then select Delete snapshots.

Screenshot of the Recall & snapshots page in Windows settings displaying the timeframe options for deleting snapshots 

Keyboard shortcuts for Recall

Keyboard shortcut


Win + J

Opens Recall


Takes you to the beginning of the timeline


Takes you to the end of the timeline


Initial Tab takes you into the timeline segment for now. Additional Tab moves to the next timeline segment to the right

- Right arrow also moves to the next timeline segment to the right

Shift + Tab

Moves to the left to the previous timeline segment

- Left arrow also moves to the previous timeline segment to the left

Ctrl + right arrow

Drags the time indicator in the timeline to the right

Ctrl + left arrow

Drags the time indicator in the timeline to the left


Takes you to the first snapshot in a segment and puts the focus on the snapshot

Keyboard shortcut



Takes you into a snapshot so you can interact with it

Takes you into an element then navigates to individual child elements within the parent element


Moves to the next item in the top level group


Takes you back up a level when navigating

Arrow keys

Moves in the direction indicated by the selected arrow key in the current level

Ctrl + left/right arrow

Moves to the next or previous word in the group. If text within the group isn’t selected, selects the first or last word in the group

Moves to the first or last word in a multiword selection

Ctrl + Shift + left/right arrow

Add or removes words from a multiword selection

Ctrl +A

Selects all text within a group


Opens the context menu for the selected item or text. If an item or text isn’t already selected, all of the text will be selected for the context menu

Ctrl + C

Copies the selected item


When navigating within a group, sends the focus to the first item in the group


When navigating within a group, sends focus to the last item in the group

Microsoft’s commitment to responsible AI and Privacy

Microsoft has been working to advance AI responsibly since 2017, when we first defined our AI principles and later operationalized our approach through our Responsible AI Standard. Privacy and security are principles as we develop and deploy AI systems. We work to help our customers use our AI products responsibly, sharing our learnings, and building trust-based partnerships. For more about our responsible AI efforts, the  principles that guide us, and the tooling and capabilities we've created to assure that we develop AI technology responsibly, see Responsible AI.

Recall uses optical character recognition (OCR), local to the PC, to analyze snapshots and facilitate search. For more information about OCR, see Transparency note and use cases for OCR. For more information about privacy and security, see Privacy and security for Recall & screenray.

We want to hear from you!

If there's something you like, and especially if there's something you don't like, about Recall you can submit feedback to Microsoft by selecting then the Feedback icon in Recall to submit feedback on any issues that you run into. 

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