How to turn off Windows’ aging activity tracker

June 13, 2024
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You may see Microsoft’s upcoming Recall feature, which screenshots everything you do (and has now become an opt-in feature) as a convenient way to keep an eye on your history or a problematic privacy violation. However, it’s not the first time your activity on a Windows computer will have been recorded.

Activity history may still be enabled in Windows 11, even though Timeline has disappeared.
Screenshot: Microsoft

It’s a simple matter to see if the tracker is still there and enabled — and then to disable it.

However, if you’re too busy to deal with this right now, you may not have to worry about it.

In Microsoft’s support page, it asserts that your activity history will no longer be used in current versions of Windows 11.
Screenshot: Microsoft

There are now two notes on Microsoft’s support page for Activity history. The first states: “The option to send activity history to Microsoft has been deprecated from Windows 11 23H2 and 22H2, January 23, 2024-KB5034204 update,” while the second adds that you can either clear your history manually (using the above method) or just wait because “your activity history will be automatically deleted within 30 days from when your data was last synced to the cloud.”

So whether or not you decide to go in and manually deactivate your Activity history depends on how much you trust Microsoft.

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