Almost every action you perform in Windows is tracked and stored for a variety of reasons. This section describes how to review Activity History in Windows 10 and 11.
Windows 10 and 11 have an Activity History feature that tracks several things you do in the operating system . This tracking includes, but is not limited to, application and service launches, file opens, searches, and browsing activity.
By default, all activity history is stored locally. Activity history will be synchronized with your Microsoft account depending on your system’s privacy permissions. When synchronized with a Microsoft account, the activity history is stored locally on the Microsoft server.
Microsoft uses your activity history to suggest, recommend, and improve the performance of certain applications and services. According to Microsoft, this data is also used to better serve users of Windows and other MS products.
At one time or another, you may be asked to review the data Microsoft collects for Activity History. The good news is that it is quite easy to view Activity History in Windows. In fact, Microsoft has categorized the data so that you can view your Activity History in an organized fashion.
So without further ado, here is how to view your activity history on Windows 10 and 11 operating systems.
The following steps work the same in Windows 10 and 11.
Viewing Activity History in Windows 10 and 11
To view your Activity History, you must be logged into the Privacy Dashboard in your Microsoft account. For some reason, as of this writing, you cannot view it directly in Windows 10 or 11. The good news is that it is very easy to view your activity history from the Privacy Dashboard. Here is how to do it.
First, you need to go to the “Microsoft Account Privacy” dashboard. Please click on the link below. You are visiting a sensitive page and may be asked to log in. Log in to your Microsoft account to continue.
Once logged in, you will see a section called “Manage Activity Data”. This tab displays all activity history data collected, neatly organized by category. They are as follows.
- Activity by Location – If you have given Windows location permissions, this tab will display activity by geographic location.
- Browsing History – This tab shows your activity in terms of browsing history in the Microsoft Edge browser. If you use other browsers such as Chrome on a daily basis, you do not need to worry about this.
- Search History – This tab shows your search history in Bing.
- Application and Service Activity – Data about all applications and services used in Windows.
- Media Activity – This tab contains all data about movies, TV, and music watched with certain first-party apps, such as Movies and TV and Media Player.
- Application and Service Performance Data – This tab contains data on application and service reliability and performance.
Scroll through each tab to see the data Microsoft has collected based on your activity history.
If necessary, you can delete your activity history from the same page. If you want to know the exact steps on how to do that, please follow the linked guide. It is as simple as viewing your Activity History on Windows 10 and 11 operating systems.
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