Fix: ‘Hey Cortana’ not Recognized in Windows 10

By: Ivan Jenic
2 minute read

Cortana is one of the most notable and most useful features of Windows 10. It allows you to search the internet and your local files and folders. But Cortana’s real usefulness comes to the fore with voice commands. You can talk with Cortana and give it orders by your voice, and it will do ‘everything’ you requested.

One of the most powerful voice commands for Cortana is ‘Hey Cortana,’ which allows you to ‘draw Cortana’s attention’ just by saying Hey Cortana, so you don’t have to tap any key to be able to give Cortana a desired command.

But some people have complained all over the internet that they’re unable to activate Cortana with this command, or they’re even unable to turn it on. So, we’re going to talk a little about Hey Cortana and how it works, in order to deal with these possible issues.

First thing first, you have to make sure that Hey Cortana is activated. To make sure this feature is enabled (and to enable it), do the following:

  1. Go to Search
  2. Open Notebook, and go to Settings
  3. Enable Hey Cortana option

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If Hey Cortana option is enabled, you’re good to go. But, enabling Hey Cortana isn’t usually enough to make Cortana react to your voice command. Cortana will need some time until it learns your voice, in order to respond only to your Hey Cortana command.

So, when you enable Cortana in the Settings, go to Learn my voice option, and Cortana will remember only your voice. It usually takes around 20 minutes of talking before it learns your voice.

So if you’re unable to activate Cortana with Hey Cortana right now, tell it a few commands, and talk with it for some time. Once it memorizes your voice, it will respond to your Hey Cortana command. If you’re not sure what to ask Cortana, you can check out our article about all Cortana commands, to get some ideas.

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But if you don’t have time, or you simply don’t want to talk with your virtual assistant for 20 minutes, there’s a way to make Cortana respond to your commands right away. You’ll just have to change its settings to respond to everyone, instead of just your voice. But as it says, if you turn on this option, Cortana will respond to everyone who tells Hey Cortana, so if you want it to be just your virtual assistant, you should consider spending some time talking with it.

To make Cortana respond to everyone’s commands, go to Settings (as shown above), and check ‘To anyone,’ instead of ‘To me.’

Choosing the right settings for your Virtual Assistant should solve your problems with Cortana not recognizing your voice. But in case you still have any problems with Cortana, even after you set everything right, tell us in the comments, and we’ll try to assist you further.

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