Ah Cortana. Microsoft’s virtual assistant that is supposed to make our lives easier. But sometimes it can be a bit of a nuisance. Especially when it comes to the daily briefing. If you’re like me and you find it more of an annoyance than a helpful feature you’ll be glad to know that it’s possible to disable it. In this article I’m going to show you how to turn off Cortana daily briefing.
How to Disable Cortana Daily Briefing
Disabling the daily briefing is actually quite easy. All you need to do is follow the steps below:
|1||Open the Cortana app.|
|2||Tap the hamburger menu icon in the top left corner.|
|4||Scroll down and toggle ‘Daily briefing’ off.|
And that’s it! You’ve successfully disabled Cortana’s daily briefing.
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Benefits of Disabling Cortana Daily Briefing
We all know how annoying modern technology can be. Sure it makes life easier in many ways but when those familiar blue screens light up and start talking to us it can be enough to drive even the most tech-savvy person to distraction. So why not take a break from the tech barrage and turn off Cortana Daily Briefing for a spell? With the myriad of benefits that come with disabling Cortana you’ll never want to turn it back on!
For starters your home won’t be crawling with redundant notifications while you’re trying to relax. We are estimated to receive over 221 notifications per day according to Statista and not all of them are actually necessary or helpful. With Cortana fully disabled you’ll have far fewer notifications vying for your attention and a much quieter home environment.
What’s more disabling Cortana means that you can relax without compromising your privacy. We all know how concerning it can be to have smart devices ‘listening’ to our conversations. Luckily with Cortana turned off you won’t have to worry about what or who is accessing your conversations. And since Cortana isn’t listening in you can get away with not having to say ‘Sorry Cortana’ every three words.
In addition disabling Cortana offers the added bonus of decluttering both your physical and cyber space. With fewer notifications and notifications pop-ups you won’t feel overwhelmed by the barrage of the continuous tech hustle and bustle. And with Cortana turned off your device won’t be collecting your personal data and subsequently no data will be stored on your device.
Finally disabling Cortana allows you to take back control and give yourself some much needed alone time. With the constant pinging from various apps it’s all too easy to get caught up in the digital rat race. But by disabling Cortana you can take a step back and enjoy the peace and quiet.
At the end of the day the decision to disable Cortana definitely has its benefits. From increased privacy and decluttering of personal space to having the bigger picture in focus and enjoying some well-deserved ‘me’ time disabling Cortana will do wonders for your tech well-being.
How to Make the Most of Cortana After Disabling the Daily Briefing
Now you’ve yanked the plug on the daily Cortana briefing it can seem like a bit of a slapdash affair if you’re not sure what to do next. But don’t worry – unplugging the daily briefing doesn’t mean you can’t make the most of your virtual assistant.
Cortana can still be invaluable in helping you stay organized throughout the day – you just have to know which of her many functions to utilize. Instead of just delivering the run-of-the-mill daily news (which you can get in other ways anyway) Cortana can do a bunch of cool extra tasks that you might have forgotten about.
For instance she can remind you about events and appointments on your calendar or give you up-to-date traffic updates or even provide information about people in your contacts list. If down-to-the-minute updates from far and wide aren’t your thing then Cortana might just be the perfect way to stay on top of all the important stuff (and some of the fun stuff too!).
Cortana can help you scour the Internet for what you need. You can ask her questions about a variety of topics from sports teams and celebrities to current events and everyday tasks. She’s programmed to use your search terms to find answers quickly and accurately. Plus she has a built-in encyclopedia of facts and figures.
Once she opens your eyes to a new universe of knowledge you can go even deeper into her archive of knowledge by using her special functions. “Skills” and “Add-Ins” are Cortana’s special tools to make finding information even faster- and more efficient. And if you don’t have time to look up the answers yourself Cortana can even offer game recommendations and tell jokes – just for the fun of it.
There you have it – just because Cortana’s daily briefing is switched off that doesn’t mean your virtual assistant is rendered useless. On the contrary! With her vast array of functions and features she can be even more handy around the house.
Troubleshooting Cortana Not Responding
A common problem with Cortana is when she’s stopped responding to requests for a daily briefing. If you’re having trouble getting your daily updates from the digital assistant fear not—we have the answers!
First double-check the speech recognition settings on your device. Make sure they’re dialed up high enough so that Cortana can understand you. If that doesn’t do the trick you may need to re-train your microphone to the device. Follow the step-by-step instructions in the user manual or check out some online tutorials.
Another possibility is that the latest Windows update is interfering with your Cortana experience. Give it a try by uninstalling the update and then reinstalling it.
If all else fails it’s time to take a trip to the Microsoft support forums. There you might find an answer from another user with a similar issue. Or you can always contact Microsoft’s customer support—they’re usually very responsive and have tons of helpful advice.
The bottom line—if you can’t get Cortana to work don’t despair. With a little bit of troubleshooting you should be able to get her back into top form in no time!