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Cortana is Microsoft's intelligent personal assistant that debuted in Windows Phone 8.1.

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Cortana's auto reply

I have set Cortana to reply in Quiet hours. She replies effectively, but not in the way I want. She simply forgets my name. In Cortana's settings the message appears is "Hi, User5 is busy right now ...
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Does Cortana have an "always listening" mode?

Does Cortana have an "always listening" mode so I can launch her without physically touching my phone, by speaking a specific word or phrase? Like Kinect has "Xbox", Google Now has "Okay, Google" and ...
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Cortana does not create reminders from Text Messages

Is it me or Cortana is no longer read the information from the text messages to automatically suggest to create reminders? In Windows 8.1 Cortana would notice that the text messages have some sort of ...
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Cortana Flight Tracking. Within what amount of time will Cortana automatically track a flight?

I have an upcoming flight, in two weeks. The flight information is not available online as of yet. I have already received a confirmation email. Will Cortana still save my flight, once the information ...
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How to enable "Hey Cortana" on Windows 10 Mobile?

I can set Cortana on my Laptop running Windows 10 Pro to respond when I say "Hey Cortana" and I don't even need to touch the Laptop to command something to Cortana. I can enable or disable this in ...
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Is it possible to enable the Chinese Cortana on Windows phone?

This is the Chinese version of Cortana: Is there any way I can enable it? Changing my phone to Chinese doesn't work.
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Cortona Music Search

As of January 2018, Microsoft has discontinued the Groove Music Service and moved accounts over to Spotify, but now my music search doesn't work. Is there a way to get this service back on my phone ...
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How to uninstall Cortana from my phone permanently - NOT just disable it

I never want his "assistant" interrupting my work again. I want it OFF my phone permanently. How do I uninstall it?
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I can't change my phone language to English (US) on WP 8.1

I want to enable Cortana outside of the US, but I can't change my phone language to US English. Does anybody have an idea on how to fix this?
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Make Cortana listen on Cortana-app startup

When I click on the Cortana tile, Cortana doesn't listen (to "hey Cortana") until I click the small microphone button. Is there a way to have it listen right after I click on its tile?
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Where's Bing Vision in Windows Phone 10?

I know Windows Phone 8.1 moved Bing Vision from being a Cortana feature, to being a Camera Lens. However, I've just upgraded to a Lumia 950 (with Windows Phone 10) and I cannot find Bing Vision ...
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Offline voice assistance on Windows 8.1

Cortana does not work well offline. I basically need it to take notes, set appointments, set alarms, job down my current GPS position, simple things like that. Is there any way of making Cortana ...
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How to stop the car from reading messages out loud?

I've paired a Lumia 950 to a GMC Intellilink car audio system. When it connects it connects "voice, music, messages". When I get a text message, Cortana asks me to "read it or ignore it", but the ...
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Cortana notifies about upcoming Travel dates

I am having Windows Lumia 1320 which has windows 10 OS installed in it. It also has Cortana feature. Couple of months back my friend booked journey tickets using my wallet account from his android ...
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Auto reply not working during quiet hours

I have enabled the option to send an auto reply text message for contacts not allowed to break through during quiet hours but none of my callers are getting the auto reply messages. How do I fix this?
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Delete Cortana voice information

Is there any way to delete my voice information from Microsoft's servers?
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Cannot enable Cortana in India

I have been trying to make Cortana work on my Lumia 520. I have followed the guidelines provided by Microsoft: I have updated the phone to Windows Phone 8.1 Language is set to English (India) Region ...
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How to add flights to Cortana's notebook?

I've an upcoming flight, SK 4788, on 1/9. It seems she didn't recognize the ticket that was sent through email to my Microsoft account. How do I manually add a flight to Cortana's notebook? Also, on ...
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How can I get Cortana to change a reminder time using voice commands?

I used Cortana to set up a reminder and now I want to change the time of that reminder. The touch interface allows me to do this but how I can I do this through voice commands?
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No SMS notifications on Windows 10 PC anymore

I used to get SMS notifications on my Windows 10 PC from my Lumia 950 Windows 10 Mobile (both always updated to the latest version). I've checked the Windows 10 Mobile settings and the messaging ...
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Cortana with a Dutch T-Mobile SIM-card

I want to use Cortana on my Nokia Lumia 1520. To do so, the phone has to be set to English (USA), because Cortana is not implemented yet in Dutch. I removed my Dutch T-Mobile SIM-card, changed region ...
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How do I change the default voice of Cortana?

Cortana speaks in Female, English (US) by default. I wanted Cortana to speak in Male, English (India). Every time I change the voice settings of Cortana it says "Sorry, i don't understand you" or "...
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No Cortana after upgrade to Windows 10

I used to enjoy Cortana on my Nokia Lumia 435 when i had Windows 8.1. For instance pressing continuously the search button opened Cortana and I could command it to : Call a person on my contacts ...
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Cortana won't pronounce my name correctly

Cortana keeps spelling out my name, even though I'm teaching her how to pronounce it. When I go to Cortana's settings and click change my name, she asks me what she should call me. I enter my name, ...
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What does Cortana's "Give me flight updates only" option do?

When Cortana asks if I want to track a flight as a trip, she gives the option to "Give me flight updates only" as an alternative to choosing yes. However, as far as I can tell, the way she saves trips ...
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What "funny" questions can Cortana answer?

I don't mean commands that Cortana transforms into some helpful work, but I mean those questions Cortana responds with some smart reply :) For example, if I say "Hi", Cortana reply with "Hello".
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Why does my phone keep adding an extra zero when I voice dial a number?

One of the most useful features of voice recognition on my phone is being able to say "call 0 1 3 4 5 ..." but often although I can see it's listened correctly, it then prefixes an other 0 (all ...
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Is there a way to enable Quiet Hours without Cortana?

I downloaded the dev preview of WP 8.1 and temporarily set my region to US in order to test Cortana. During my testing, I could configure the so-called quiet hours feature. After I've tested Cortana ...
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Is it posible to choose a SIM card while making a call through Cortana

I use Cortana a lot to make calls. However every time I call a person using Cortana it seems to call from the SIM through which the previous call was made. I would like to choose a SIM while making ...
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How to access Bing Vision on Windows Phone 8.1

I've been using Windows Phones ever since Windows Phone 8.1, and great features like Cortana were introduced. To scan qr codes in Windows Phones, you need to access the Bing Vision app, which was ...
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Cortana Music Search in Windows 10 Mobile

Something I've been seeing quite a bit of confusion about on forums, and had me puzzled for some time, too: How do you perform a music search with Cortana in Windows 10 Mobile?
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Cortana is disabled due to your combination of region and language settings not being supported

Cortana is "Disabled due to your combination of region and language settings not being supported", but my region is set to United States and my language is English (United States). I have restarted my ...
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How can I have Cortana tell me what song is playing? (on my phone; not in background; by using it's metadata)

I have Cortana speech assistant set up on my Windows 8.1 phone. It is a Microsoft Lumia 535. I have many song files stored on my phone. They are ripped from my CD collection as MP3 files, and tagged ...
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Cortana not always shuffling music when asked

When I ask Cortana to "shuffle all music", sometimes it works yet sometimes I still get my songs played in alphabetical order. Why is this? Is there a special instruction I should say so I can get my ...
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Why cortana works differently for keyboard and voice(Offline)

I've been playing around Cortana. I was looking for all the offline commands. I've noticed something that cortana behaves differently for voice command and keyboard. I said 'Open Internet Explorer'. ...
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Did 8.1 remove Bing Vision from search (now Cortana)?

Installed the dev preview today, and found that Cortana has taken over the search button. Okay. The problem is that I don't see the option to do a vision search anymore. I'm unsure of the exact ...
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Can Cortana control the radio?

I have tried pressing to make her listen, it says "listening" but if I say "play radio" I just get a page of results from a web search for that phrase. If I say "Launch FM Radio" then at least some ...
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Turning Cortana back on

I turned Cortana off by mistake and would like to turn it back on but it is asking for old password to confirm but I do not remember the old password. How can I turn this on again please?
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Cortana error "I'm sorry, but I can't speak your language" in Canada

My phone's OS version is 8.10.14203.306. According to Microsoft's document http://www.windowsphone.com/en-ca/how-to/wp8/cortana/cortana-alpha how to enable Cortana in Canada I need to set 3 things: ...
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how to make Cortana take over my device

I have enabled Cortana on my device. I want to enable Cortana at lock screen. I want Cortana to pick my search queries when I say something like "OK GOOGLE" in Google Now. I don't want to click on ...
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My family setup [duplicate]

What is the use of my family to download an app. It's a waste of time because every time I want to download an app, it shows something about MY FAMILY SETUP NEEDED. When I am done with my setup I try ...
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How to disable Cortana's commute alerts?

Recently Cortana has become concerned with whether or not I get to work on time every morning: This pops up as an alert on my phone, and is kind of annoying, especially since the directions she shows ...
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How can I speak to Cortana when screen is off?

Is there anyway to configure Cortana in a way it understands our voice even when the phone screen is off, as we say "ok google" in Android? Cortana seems to get activated manually only. Why has ...
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Why does Cortana need to know how pronounce my name?

As you can see, Cortana has an option where I can inform my name and even teach her how to pronounce it: But since I'm using Cortana for almost a year, I never made her speak my name. The only ...
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Remove Cortana cards temporarily

When I'm using Cortana, often I'll see some news articles recommended (through the suggestion well, not search), read them, and close Cortana. When I re-open Cortana, say an hour later, I'll get ...
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Cortana being moody

Why won't Cortana understand the "read message" command (upon receiving SMS message) when I'm driving and understand everything else I say? Instead, Cortana will ask "who do you want to text"
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Cortana is not showing on my phone with United State Region

My phone is lumia 535. I have tried every trick to setting up cortana on my phone but still its not showing. My settings are below Region(United State) Language(English United State) Speech(English ...
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Why can't I use cortana? [duplicate]

I'm using a Nokia 928 on Verizon. I have the most available updates so window 8.1 is the operating system. I have confirmed this so please don't ask. My region is United States. My language is English ...
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Cortana error “I'm sorry, but I can't speak your language” in India [closed]

Please help, my windows phone unable to start Cortana
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CORTANA is not working for me. (US-ENGLISH)

I'm currently having trouble with my window's phone. Specifically Cortana, after getting excited to hear that it was coming out (months ago) and believing it was available at the moment i updated my ...