Xbox speech and privacy

Applies to: Xbox

To improve Xbox’s ability to recognize your pronunciation, Microsoft collects speech info when you interact with your Xbox by speaking.

When we collect info to help make your device work better for you, it’s our goal to make sure you’re informed so that you can make the right choices about how and when this info is used.

Cortana and speech services exist both in the cloud and your Xbox, and the info Microsoft collects from these services in turn helps improve them. Speech services that don’t rely on the cloud and only work on your device, such as speech recognition, will still work when this setting is turned off. However, Microsoft won’t collect any speech info without your consent.

Control info for speech

To stop additional collection of speech info on Xbox

  1. Press the Xbox button  to open the guide, and then select System > Settings > System > Cortana settings.
  2. Review the list of actions Cortana can take when you say “Hey, Cortana.” Note that the default setting is I agree, and that by signing in, you enable Cortana to provide personal experiences and relevant suggestions on your console.
  3. If you don’t want to use Cortana, select No thanks. This clears the data on your device, stops dictation services from collecting new data, and turns off Cortana.

To clear speech info from the cloud

  1. On your console, open the guide and select System > Settings > Account > Privacy & online safety > App privacy > Speech.
  2. Clear Let Xbox and Cortana collect my speech info. This clears the data on your device, stops speech services from collecting new data, and turns off Cortana.
  3. Next, select Manage personal info. This takes you off the console and to the Privacy dashboard for your Microsoft account. (You might need to sign in.)
  4. Under Cortana’s Notebook, scroll down to Clear your Cortana data and select Clear Cortana data