How to Turn Off or On App Launches Tracking in Windows 11

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This post shows students and new user steps to disable or enable app launches tracking in Windows 11. Windows has a feature that allows it improve the Start and search results by tracking app launches.

It is a way to personalize your Start menu based on the apps that you launch. Over time, based on your app launch pattern, Windows should provide quick access to the apps that you frequently use.

This feature is enabled by default and might be useful. However, you can disable it if you like. When disabled, you’ll also lose access to another feature that Show most used apps on Start menu, under All apps.

Below is how to enable or disable App lunches tracking in Windows 11.

How to turn disable app lunches tracking in Windows 11

As mentioned above, Windows allows you to personalize your Start menu based on the apps that you launch. Over time, based on your app launch pattern, Windows should provide quick access to the apps that you frequently use.

It is enabled by default, but can easily be turned off. Below is how to do that.

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 the 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 settings

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 on the right pane, and select the General tile to expand it.

windows 11 disable app lunches tracking

On the General settings pane, select the “Let Windows improve Start and search results by tracking app launches” tile, and toggle the button to the Off position as shown below do disable it.

windows 11 general app lunches tracking disabled

That will disable app tracking lunches in Windows. You can now exit the Settings app.

How to enable app lunches tracking in Windows 11

If App launches tracking is disabled and you want to re-enable, reverse the steps above by going to the Start menu ==> Settings ==> Privacy & security ==> General and toggle the button to the On position for “Let Windows improve Start and search results by tracking app launches” tile as shown below to enable.

windows 11 enable app lunches tracking

That should do it!

Conclusion:

This post showed you how to disable or enable app lunches tracking in Windows 11. If you find any error above or have something to add, please use the comment form below.

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