Browsing history on the privacy dashboard

Applies to: PrivacyWindows 10

New Microsoft Edge


This section is for the 

new Microsoft Edge 

. For help with the legacy version of Microsoft Edge, go here.

Why does Microsoft collect my browsing history from my Microsoft account?

If you consent in your settings, Microsoft will collect your Microsoft Edge browsing history to provide you with a rich, personalized browsing experience. Your browsing history can be collected from your account if:

  • You’ve turned on syncing for browsing history. Learn more
  • You’ve turned on personalized advertising and experiences for Bing, Microsoft News, and other Microsoft services. Learn more

How do I clear my browsing history?

To view and clear the Microsoft Edge browsing history associated with your signed-in Microsoft account, go to the privacy dashboard.

You can also clear the browsing history from your device.

If you want to clear your browsing history for a non-Microsoft browser, check the browser’s company website for instructions.

How do I clear the browsing history from my device?

  1. In Microsoft Edge, select Settings and more > Settings  > Privacy and services .
  2. Under Clear browsing data, select Choose what to clear.
  3. Select a time range from the Time range list.
  4. Select the Browsing history check box and select Clear now.

For more info, see View and delete browser history in Microsoft Edge.

How do I turn on personalized web experiences or browsing history sync in Microsoft Edge?

To share your browsing history for a personalized web experience, do the following:

  1. In Microsoft Edge, select Settings and more  > Settings  > Privacy and services .
  2. Under Personalize your web experience, turn on Improve your web experience by allowing Microsoft to use your browsing history from this account for personalizing advertising, search, news and other Microsoft services.

To sync your browsing history across devices:

  1. In Microsoft Edge, select Settings and more  > Settings  > Profiles  > Sync .
  2. Turn on the History setting. 

Why am I not seeing all my data on the privacy dashboard?

To learn more about why you might not be seeing all of your data, see View your data on the privacy dashboard.

Legacy version of Microsoft Edge


This section is for the legacy version of Microsoft Edge . For help with the

new Microsoft Edge 

, go here.

Why does Microsoft collect my browsing history from my Microsoft account?

If you consent in your settings, Microsoft will collect your Microsoft Edge Legacy browsing history to help us improve Microsoft Edge Legacy and other Microsoft products and services. Your browsing history may be collected and appear in the privacy dashboard if you’ve signed in to Windows with your Microsoft account and your Windows diagnostic data setting is set to Full. If you’ve turned on browsing history in Cortana, your data can be used to offer personalized suggestions on Microsoft websites.

How do I clear my browsing history?

To view and clear the Microsoft Edge Legacy browsing history associated with the Microsoft account that you use to sign in to Windows, go to the privacy dashboard.

You can also clear the browsing history from your device.

If you want to clear your browsing history for a non-Microsoft browser, check for instructions on the browser’s company website.

How do I clear the browsing history from my device?

The info shown on the privacy dashboard is separate from the browsing history stored on your device. To clear the browsing history on your device:

  1. In Microsoft Edge Legacy, select Settings and more  > Settings .
  2. Select Privacy & security .
  3. Under Clear browsing data, select Choose what to clear.
  4. Select the Browsing history check box and select Clear.

For more info, see View and delete browser history in Microsoft Edge.

How do I share my browsing history or diagnostic data with Microsoft?

Sharing your diagnostic data with Microsoft —including your browsing history—helps us troubleshoot problems and improve our services.

  1. Go to Start   > Settings  > Privacy  > Diagnostics & feedback .
  2. Make sure that Diagnostic data is set to Full.

How do I turn on or off my browsing history in Cortana?

Turning on your browsing history in Cortana may send your browsing history to Microsoft so that Cortana can provide you with timely and intelligent answers and proactive personalized suggestions. Learn more

  1. Go to Start   > Settings  > Cortana .
  2. Select Permissions > Manage the information Cortana can access from this device.
  3. Set Browsing history to On or Off.

Why am I not seeing all of my data on the privacy dashboard?

To learn more about why you might not be seeing all of your data, see View your data on the privacy dashboard.