How to enable ‘Hey Cortana’ on Windows 10 Mobile

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Cortana is a truly awesome digital assistant, available across all kinds of platforms such as Xbox, Windows 10, Windows 10 Mobile, iOS, and even Android. If you’re looking for more added convenience and personalization, however, you might want to consider enabling “Hey Cortana,” so you can summon the assistant from just your lock screen. What follows is a guide on how to enable “Hey Cortana” on your supported Windows 10 Mobile device, in my case the Lumia 950 XL.

Writer’s Note: Support for “Hey Cortana” is only available on higher-end devices and in 11 languages such as on the Lumia 950, Lumia 950 XL, HP Elite X3, Lumia 930, Lumia 1520 and Lumia ICON. Please be aware of this before you proceed!

Step One: Access Cortana from the app list

Of course, the initial step to enable “Hey Cortana” on your supported Windows 10 Mobile device is to first access Cortana from the list of apps, or directly from your start screen if you have pinned it. After you do so, you can head to the far bottom left side of your screen and press the hamburger menu to access Cortana settings.

Cortana Settings
Cortana Settings

Step Two: Toggle the setting switch for “Hey Cortana”

After you head into settings, you will see a list of options for Cortana. At the very top of the list you will see the option to enable “Hey Cortana,” along with a warning that if “Hey Cortana” is enabled, you may end up using more of your battery. Despite the warning, you can still toggle other settings for Cortana to try and respond to you only, or to everyone else.

I would suggest for you to click on “try to respond to only me,” since this makes Cortana more personal, and will protect your private information from others who may want to summon Cortana while your phone is locked.

If you choose “try to respond to only me,” Cortana will prompt you to repeat several phrases so it could learn your voice. These phrases are commonly used Cortana Prompts such as, “Hey Cortana, do I have anything on Wednesday,” or “Hey Cortana, when I talk to Joy, remind me to tell her ‘congratulations on the job’.”

Hey Cortana!
Hey Cortana!

Step Three: Enjoy Cortana!

That’s it! There are no more additional settings to toggle! After you finish training Cortana to learn your voice, you can go ahead and lock your Windows 10 Mobile device. You can immediately begin using Cortana straight from the lock screen, without a restart! One tidbit worth mentioning, though, is that you may notice that your device may use up more battery with “Hey Cortana” turned on, but it may be worth the sacrifice since you can now summon your digital assistant without opening the app!

How to enable 'Hey Cortana' on Windows 10 Mobile - - January 16, 2017
A Lumia 950 XL

How often do you use Cortana? Do you have the app installed on your other devices as well? As always, let us know what you think, and be sure to stay tuned to OnMSFT, as we will continue to bring you more how-to guides!

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