How to turn Off website access to Language list in Windows 11

This post shows students and new users steps to disable or enable website access to language list in Windows 11. Some websites may have their content available in many different languages so they can cater to users from different part of the world.

When access to language list is enabled in Windows 11, Windows will share your preferred language list with websites so that they can provide content based on your language preferences without you having to independently set them for each site.

While this might improve user experience and smooth web browsing, it may also create privacy issues in some ways. The good thing is, Windows can turn it off with simple clicks, and the steps below show you how to do that.

In many cases, this feature may be harmless in respect to user’s privacy. However, extreme privacy conscious individuals may find issues with having Windows sharing information about their language preferences with websites online.

How to disable website access to language list in Windows 11

As mentioned above, Windows share information about your language preferences to websites that have their content available in many different languages. This feature is available so you don’t have to configure language preference for each site.

If this is a privacy issue for you, Windows allows you to quickly turn it off with simple clicks. To turn off website access to the language list in Windows 11, follow the steps below.

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 privacy and security general

On the General settings pane, select the tile that reads “Let websites show me locally relevant content by accessing my language list” tile, then toggle the button to the Off position to disable.

windows 11 disable website access to language list

You can now exit the Settings app.

How to enable website access to language list in Windows 11

By default, access to your preferred language list is enabled in Windows 11 so websites can provide you relevant content.

However, if the feature was previously disabled and you want to re-enable, simply reverse the steps above by going to the go to Start  > Settings  > Privacy & security > General and Choose your preferred setting for Let websites show me locally relevant content by accessing my language list.

windows 11 enable website access to language list

That should do it!

Conclusion:

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

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