How to Clear Activity history in Windows 11

This post shows students and new users steps to clear Activity history in Windows 11.

Microsoft uses the activity history data to provide you with personalized experiences, and relevant suggestions (such as anticipating what your needs might be based on your activity history).

Windows users can store their activity history on the local device or send to Microsoft if they are logged in with their Microsoft accounts.

If you’ve signed in to your device with a work or school account and turned on the setting to send Microsoft your activity history, Microsoft uses your activity history data to enable cross-device experiences.

Whether your activity history is stored on your local device on in Microsoft cloud, you can easily clear it, and the steps below will show you how to do that.

How to clear activity history in Windows 11

As mentioned above, Windows users can store their activity history on the local device or send to Microsoft if they are logged in with their Microsoft accounts.

Whether your activity history is stored locally or in Microsoft cloud, below is how to clear it.

Windows 11 has a centralized location for majority of its settings. From system configurations to creating new users and updating Windows, all can be done from its System Settings pane.

To get to System Settings, you can use the Windows key + i shortcut or click on Start ==> Settings as shown in the image below:

windows 11 start menu settings updated

Alternatively, you can use the search box on the taskbar and search for Settings. Then select to open it.

Windows Settings pane should look similar to the image below. In Windows Settings, click Privacy & security, then select the Activity history tile on the right pane as highlighted in the image below.

windows 11 privacy and security activity history

On the Privacy & security > Activity history settings pane, select the Activity History tile to expand.

Then the Clear activity history for this account tile and click Clear history button to clear your activity history.

windows 11 clear activity history

If your activity history is stored online with Microsoft, go to the Privacy Dashboard online, after signing in with your Microsoft account.

Next, expand the App and services activity tile and click on the Clear all app and services link.

That should do it!

Conclusion:

This post showed you how to clear your activity history on your local device or Microsoft account in Windows 11. If you find any error above or have something to add, please use the comment form below.

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