Windows 10 came with a lot of extensive features and Cortana is one of them. Cortana is a digital assistant which accomplishes tasks like booking an appointment or reminding you of to-do’s and more. It helps you stay managed and complete your work quickly. To make the feature work properly, Microsoft has to accumulate data such as commitments, notes, reminders and more related to a user on the cloud.
The data collected is yours so if you want to know what information Microsoft has collected or want to remove the data from the cloud, then it’s possible. Windows 10 comes with an option to request and get a copy of your data accumulated during using Cortana.
In this post, we will guide you with steps to request and get a copy of data accumulated by Microsoft.
Downloading data collected by Microsoft while using Cortana:
If you want to download and see what data of yours is stored on Microsoft servers when you were using Cortana, follow the steps below:
1. Go to Start menu and then Settings.
2. Select Cortana.
3. Select Permissions & History.
4. Select Change what Cortana knows about me in the cloud.
- Now under “See my information,” click Get my info option.
- Go to your email account inbox.
- Now check email which has the subject, “Request submitted, data ready.”
- Tap on download it here, hyperlink.
- You might need to enter your Microsoft account details.
- Click Yes button to let “CortanaExport” to backup data. Now click on Save as button.
11. Choose the folder location wherein you want to save ZIP file with your entire data, and then click Save.
You will get a zip file containing all the information Microsoft has collected to help Cortana serve you better. Now open ZIP folder and you will get all the information such as calendars, lists, reminders, and notes accumulated by Microsoft.
It is very useful to get a copy of your data collected for Cortana. It is not easier to understand the data and Microsoft doesn’t make it simple either. The text files include information structure in a JSON format.
To know what is the information stored, you need to use JSON viewer. One of such viewers is provided by CodeBeautify.org which lets you structure the JSON data in many ways.
Note: Checking the data via these tools can be risky as you will have to copy and paste personal data on the third-party website.
In this way, you can download and view a copy of your Cortana Data. Read this and know how to do it and if you face any issues, comment in the section below.