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How to Disable lock screen ads & Suggested apps in Windows 10

Windows 10 comes with ads. A whole lot of them and that’s not just the free version. It doesn’t matter if you have upgraded from Windows 8 or Windows 7 or have paid  $200 for an original Windows 10: you will still have to put up ads from Windows in different places.

The start screen and lock screen are two such spaces where Microsoft decided to go all in and fill them with ads. If you find these ads irritating, please don’t uninstall your Windows as there is a way to remove these ads. Today, we’ll be talking about how to disable Windows 10’s lock screen ads & Suggested apps. So let’s get to it.

Disable lock screen ads Windows 10

Windows spotlight makes use of all the space on your lock screen to usually display some good wallpapers but in also sneaks in ads for some games and apps. Fortunately, you can turn this feature off.

  1. Head to Settings by typing it in the search box or pressing the Windows key and then sliding the left-hand side menu to click on the settings icon. 2016-09-18-2
  2. In the settings menu, click on the Personalization icon. 2016-09-18-3
  3. Next, select the Lock Screen option from the left-hand side menu.
  4. In the Lock Screen menu, click on the “Background” option and set it to picture or slideshow to make sure you see only wallpapers on your locked screen.
  5. We suggest you also disable the “Get fun facts, tips, and more from Windows and Cortana on your lock screen” option right below the background option.
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That’s it. You have successfully disabled the ads from Windows 10 lock screen. From now you won’t see those ads, fun facts or tips on the lock screen.

Remove suggested apps from start menu

Another way in which Windows uses up your personal space to display ads is the Start menu. You will see Windows displaying suggested apps that you can download from the Windows store. The worst part is that these apps are not even free. Fortunately, you can get rid of these suggestions.

  1. Head to Settings by typing it in the search box or pressing the Windows key and then sliding the left-hand side menu to click on the settings icon.
  2. In the settings menu, click on the Personalization icon.
  3. Click on Start from the left panel.
  4. Slide the slider to off for “Occasionally show suggestions in Start” option. tiles

Once you do that, Windows 10 won’t show any suggested apps in the Start Menu.

So this was our tutorial on how to disable lock screen ads & Suggested apps in Windows 10. Is this tutorial helpful? Let us know by leaving a comment below.

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