How to Access Cortana on Your Windows 10 Lock Screen

Ben Stegner 30-05-2016

Windows 10’s Cortana has all kinds of neat tricks to help you organize your life How to Make Cortana Organize Your Life Your life is so complex, you deserve a personal assistant. Meet Cortana, your virtual assistant ready to serve at the tip of your tongue. We'll show you how to effectively delegate tasks to Cortana. Read More , and she’s getting better all the time with updates. Though voice controls are always useful, they become especially helpful if you can use them when the device is locked, letting you get relevant info in seconds.


Starting when the Windows 10 Anniversary Update launches this summer Windows 10 Anniversary Update Due in July & These Are Its Best Features You will love the Windows 10 Anniversary Update! The second big upgrade to Windows 10 since its launch in July 2015 is expected this summer. Here we highlight the most exciting features. Read More , you’ll be able to bring Cortana right to your computer’s lock screen — if you’re a Windows Insider and getting early builds Be the First to Test New Windows 10 Builds as Windows Insider Windows Insiders are the first to test new Windows 10 builds. They are also the first to suffer from bugs. Here we show you how to join or leave the program and how to share... Read More of Microsoft’s evolving OS, you can do so right now!

To set up Cortana on your lock screen, open her by clicking on the icon or search bar in the bottom-left corner of the Taskbar. Once this menu is open, click the gear icon on Cortana’s left sidebar.

You’ll see some settings pertinent to Cortana; just enable the slider for Lock screen to make her available even when your device is locked.

If you don’t want to fiddle around with becoming an Insider and using software that hasn’t been fully tested yet, you can expect this feature to arrive around the end of July. Want to become an Insider now? Visit Microsoft’s Insider page to get started; it’s free!

Will you appreciate the convenience of Cortana being on the lock screen or do you not mind logging in to use her? Let us know in the comments!


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