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Change privacy and other browser settings

Internet Explorer 10 for Windows Phone makes it easy to change privacy settings on your phone for the browsing experience you want.

To change basic Internet Explorer settings

  1. In Internet Explorer, tap More More icon > Settings. (You can also access Internet Explorer's settings through Settings Settings icon on the App list.)

    Internet Explorer settings
  2. Change any of the following settings:

    • Under Website preference, select Mobile version or Desktop version to set which version of a website you see.
    • Under Use address bar button for, select Favorites, Stop/refresh, or Tabs to set what the address bar button does. The choices you don't select will be available in Internet Explorer under More More icon.
    • Tap Delete history to erase browser history, cookies, saved passwords, and temporary Internet files from your phone.

To change advanced Internet Explorer settings

  1. In Internet Explorer, tap More More icon > Settings, and then tap Advanced settings. (You can also access Internet Explorer's settings through Settings Settings icon on the App list.)

    Internet Explorer advanced settings
  2. Change any of the following settings:

    • Allow websites to access your location. You'll be notified when a site requests your location. For more info about Microsoft's location awareness policy and Windows Phone, see Location and my privacy FAQ.
    • Select Get suggestions from Bing as I type if you want to allow Bing search to suggest websites as you type into the address bar—potentially a big time saver.
    • Select Reduce data use by sending URLs to the Data Sense service if you want to help reduce the amount of data you use while browsing. Note that some mobile operators let you browse certain websites without counting it against your data limit, and that benefit may be limited on certain networks if you select this setting. When you browse other sites, Data Sense will often save you data. (Not all mobile operators offer Data Sense.)
    • Select Show pictures automatically if you want Internet Explorer to automatically display the pictures on webpages you open. (Turning off this setting might help reduce your phone's data usage.)
    • Select Send browsing history to Microsoft to help improve Bing services if you want to help improve Bing.
    • Select Use SmartScreen Filter to help protect against unsafe websites if you want to be warned about websites that have been reported to Microsoft as unsafe or suspicious.
    • Select Send a Do Not Track request to websites you visit to signal to websites that you don't want your browsing to be tracked. (Even though you’ve expressed this preference, websites may continue to engage in activities you might view as tracking. This depends on websites’ specific practices.)
    • Under Cookies from websites and apps, select Accept all, Block some, or Block all to set which cookies Internet Explorer will accept. Block some blocks third-party cookies that do not have a compact privacy policy and third-party cookies that save information that can be used to contact you without your explicit consent, and restricts first-party cookies that save information that can be used to contact you without your implicit consent.
    • Under Open links from other apps in, select A new tab or The current tab to define where web links from other apps will open.
    • Under Website file storage, select Allow sites to store files on my phone to allow websites to use your phone storage to store things like in-progress emails or RSS feeds. Tap Manage storage if you need to free up some storage space.

Notes

  • To choose whether the browser shows webpage pictures automatically, you'll need a phone that's running Windows Phone software version 8.0.10211.204 or later. Whether your phone has this feature depends on your mobile operator, phone manufacturer, and country or region. See How do I update my phone software? for more information about how to update your phone.
  • For more information about these settings and privacy on Windows Phone, see the Privacy Statement.
  • You'll need a cellular data or Wi-Fi connection to browse the web in Internet Explorer. To learn more, see Connecting: how and when and Connect to a Wi-Fi network.
  • Blocking cookies may also affect the performance of certain apps.

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