How to disable Microsoft account sign-in notifications for Settings and Start on Windows 10

Microsoft adds more notifications to lure you into using a Microsoft account to Windows 10, but here's how you can disable them.

Windows 10 MSA related notifications
Windows 10 MSA related notifications / Image: Mauro Huculak
  • To disable Microsoft account notifications on Windows 10, open Settings > Privacy > General, and turn off “Show me suggested content in the Settings app,” “Show me account-related notifications. When Off, required notifications are still shown,” and from the “Start” settings, turn off “Show account-related notifications. When off, required notifications are still shown.”

Windows 10 now shows notifications banners in the Settings app and Start menu about related account information and actions you may have to take on your Microsoft account. However, you can turn these banners off for a less cluttered experience, and in this guide, I will show you how to complete this configuration.

Starting with the release of Windows 10 build 19045.4353 (KB5036979) in the Release Preview Channel, the company is pushing a new form of notifications that will prompt you to complete missing information to prevent being locked out of your account and help you back up your data to the cloud. These notifications will appear whether you have a Windows 10 account set up with a Microsoft account or a local account.

You will notice the different banners on the Settings app’s home page and the profile menu in the Start menu. Some of the variants for the notifications include:

  • Sign in to your Microsoft account. You’ll be able to back up your device and key it more secure
  • Use Microsoft 365 for free. Sign in with your Microsoft account to use productivity apps and cloud storage.
  • Keep your account safer. Sign in to personalize your security and profile settings in one place. 
  • Access your files from anywhere. You’ll get 5 GB of cloud storage for free when you sign in.

These account-related notifications are not completely new. The company already made them available on Windows 11, but now they’re arriving on Windows 10.

In this guide, I will outline the steps to quickly disable these notifications from the Settings app, regardless of the account type you use on Windows 10.

Disable Microsoft account notification on Windows 10

To turn off account notifications on Windows 10, use these steps:

  1. Open Settings.

  2. Click on Privacy.

  3. Click on General.

  4. Turn off the “Show me suggested content in the Settings app” toggle switch.

  5. Turn off the “Show me account-related notifications. When Off, required notifications are still shown” toggle switch.

    Settings disable MSA notifications

  6. Click on Home from the top-left.

  7. Click on Personalization.

  8. Click on Start.

  9. Turn off the “Show account-related notifications. When off, required notifications are still shown” toggle switch.

    Start menu disable MSA notifications

Once you complete the steps, the system should no longer display account notifications in the Home page of Settings or in the Start menu.

When the company announced these changes, it noted that the settings could be configured from the “General” page, but upon further checking, the “Start” settings page also includes an option to turn off the notifications from the Start menu.

You can use these instructions to control Windows 10 notifications globally.

About the author

Mauro Huculak is a Windows How-To Expert who started Pureinfotech in 2010 as an independent online publication. He has also been a Windows Central contributor for nearly a decade. Mauro has over 14 years of experience writing comprehensive guides and creating professional videos about Windows and software, including Android and Linux. Before becoming a technology writer, he was an IT administrator for seven years. In total, Mauro has over 20 years of combined experience in technology. Throughout his career, he achieved different professional certifications from Microsoft (MSCA), Cisco (CCNP), VMware (VCP), and CompTIA (A+ and Network+), and he has been recognized as a Microsoft MVP for many years. You can follow him on X (Twitter), YouTube, LinkedIn and Email him at [email protected].