How to enable “Hey Cortana” in Windows 10 [Tip]

You may already know that Cortana is a great new virtual assistant in Windows 10. In the previous article, I showed you how Cortana stores all of your personal information in a Notebook so you have a complete control of her knowledge about you. There is one more thing that makes her even smarter. It’s her ability to listen to you whenever you say “Hey Cortana.”

This feature may help you quickly do thing hand-free. Although Cortana is only at the preview stage in Windows 10 build 9926, this always-listening feature is so good that you will get a correct answer when you say: “Hey Cortana How’s the weather today” without waiting for her respond after the phrase “Hey Cortana.”

To enable “Hey Cortana” feature, you need to do the followings.

  • Open Cortana homepage by tapping/clicking the search box right next to the Start button.
  • Hit the menu button at the top left corner of the page then select Settings.


  • In Settings page, you’ll see the option “Let Cortana respond when you say “Hey Cortana.” Just simply turn this option on and you’re done.


Because Windows 10 in general is still buggy, “Hey Cortana” may sometimes stop working. You just need to log out and log back in to try again.

However, when it works, it works perfectly!

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