Starting with version 4.6 and later, the Microsoft Launcher app for Android adds Cortana integration allowing you to use the assistant to do things like make a call, schedule meetings, change the wallpaper, read headlines, and Continue on PC.
The best part about this integration is that the experience is very customizable. You can disable Cortana completely on the Microsoft Launcher, or you can customize the experience to allow the assistant to help you only in certain tasks.
Cortana’s integration with Microsoft Launcher works very similar to the dedicated app (which is no longer required to install), but it’s an overlay experience on top of the launcher.
How to manage Cortana integration on Microsoft Launcher
To manage Cortana’s integration on Microsoft Launcher on your Android phone do the following.
Open Microsoft Launcher settings. (Press and hold the home screen and tap on Launcher Settings.)
Click on Cortana.
Tap to turn on or off the Cortana integration that you don’t want:
- Set Cortana as voice input on Search and To-Do card — Enables the assistant in the search widget and To-Do cards.
- Connected Services — Allows you to give Cortana access to other services like Office 365.
- Receive notifications — Cortana will surface notifications for reminders, traffic update, and more.
- Show Commitment dynamic card — Allows the assistant to scan and surface dynamic cards to remind of previous commitments you made.
Once you completed the steps, if you turned off all the settings, Cortana will no longer be available on your Android phone.
You can download the app directly from the Google Play Store, and you can sign up for the beta version using this link. If you’re new to the Microsoft Launcher, check out this guide with the best customization options you can use.