Launch the Windows Settings app

[ Updated for UWP apps on Windows 10. For Windows 8.x articles, see the archive ]

Important APIs

Learn how to launch the Windows Settings app from your app. This topic describes the ms-settings: URI scheme. Use this URI scheme to launch the Windows Settings app to specific settings pages.

Launching to the Settings app is an important part of writing a privacy-aware app. If your app can't access a sensitive resource, we recommend providing the user a convenient link to the privacy settings for that resource. For more info, see Guidelines for privacy-aware apps.

How to launch the Settings app

To launch the Settings app, use the ms-settings: URI scheme as shown in the following examples.

In this example, a Hyperlink XAML control is used to launch the privacy settings page for the microphone using the ms-settings:privacy-microphone URI.

<!--Set Visibility to Visible when access to the microphone is denied -->  
<TextBlock x:Name="LocationDisabledMessage" FontStyle="Italic"
                 Visibility="Collapsed" Margin="0,15,0,0" TextWrapping="Wrap" >
          <Run Text="This app is not able to access the microphone. Go to " />
              <Hyperlink NavigateUri="ms-settings:privacy-microphone">
                  <Run Text="Settings" />
              </Hyperlink>
          <Run Text=" to check the microphone privacy settings."/>
</TextBlock>

Alternatively, your app can call the LaunchUriAsync method to launch the Settings app from code. This example shows how to launch to the privacy settings page for the camera using the ms-settings:privacy-webcam URI.

bool result = await Windows.System.Launcher.LaunchUriAsync(new Uri("ms-settings:privacy-webcam"));

The code above launches the privacy settings page for the camera:

camera privacy settings.

For more info about launching URIs, see Launch the default app for a URI.

ms-settings: URI scheme reference

Use the following URIs to open various pages of the Settings app.

Note that whether a settings page is available varies by Windows SKU. Not all settings page available on Windows 10 for desktop are available on Windows 10 Mobile, and vice-versa. The notes column also captures additional requirements that must be met for a page to be available.

Category Settings page URI Notes
Accounts Access work or school ms-settings:workplace
Email & app accounts ms-settings:emailandaccounts
Family & other people ms-settings:otherusers
Sign-in options ms-settings:signinoptions
Sync your settings ms-settings:sync
Your info ms-settings:yourinfo
Apps Apps & Features ms-settings:appsfeatures
Apps for websites ms-settings:appsforwebsites
Default apps ms-settings:defaultapps
Apps & features ms-settings:optionalfeatures
Devices USB ms-settings:usb
Audio and speech ms-settings:holographic-audio Only available if the Mixed Reality Portal app is installed (available in the Windows Store)
AutoPlay ms-settings:autoplay
Touchpad ms-settings:devices-touchpad Only available if touchpad hardware is present
Pen & Windows Ink ms-settings:pen
Printers & scanners ms-settings:printers
Typing ms-settings:typing
Wheel ms-settings:wheel Only available if Dial is paired
Default camera ms-settings:camera
Bluetooth ms-settings:bluetooth
Connected Devices ms-settings:connecteddevices
Mouse & touchpad ms-settings:mousetouchpad Touchpad settings only available on devices that have a touchpad
Ease of Access Narrator ms-settings:easeofaccess-narrator
Magnifier ms-settings:easeofaccess-magnifier
High contrast ms-settings:easeofaccess-highcontrast
Closed captions ms-settings:easeofaccess-closedcaptioning
Keyboard ms-settings:easeofaccess-keyboard
Mouse ms-settings:easeofaccess-mouse
Other options ms-settings:easeofaccess-otheroptions
Extras Extras ms-settings:extras Only available if "settings apps" are installed (e.g. by 3rd party)
Gaming Broadcasting ms-settings:gaming-broadcasting
Game bar ms-settings:gaming-gamebar
Game DVR ms-settings:gaming-gamedvr
Game Mode ms-settings:gaming-gamemode
Home page Landing page for Settings ms-settings:
Network & internet Ethernet ms-settings:network-ethernet
VPN ms-settings:network-vpn
Dial-up ms-settings:network-dialup
DirectAccess ms-settings:network-directaccess Only available if DirectAccess is enabled
Wi-Fi Calling ms-settings:network-wificalling Only available if Wi-Fi calling is enabled
Data usage ms-settings:datausage
Cellular & SIM ms-settings:network-cellular
Mobile hotspot ms-settings:network-mobilehotspot
Proxy ms-settings:network-proxy
Status ms-settings:network-status
Manage known networks ms-settings:network-wifisettings
Network & wireless NFC ms-settings:nfctransactions
Wi-Fi ms-settings:network-wifi Only available if the device has a wifi adaptor
Airplane mode ms-settings:network-airplanemode Use ms-settings:proximity on Windows 8.x
Personalization Start ms-settings:personalization-start
Themes ms-settings:themes
Glance ms-settings:personalization-glance
Navigation bar ms-settings:personalization-navbar
Personalization (category) ms-settings:personalization
Background ms-settings:personalization-background
Colors ms-settings:personalization-colors
Sounds ms-settings:sounds
Lock screen ms-settings:lockscreen
Task Bar ms-settings:taskbar
Privacy App diagnostics ms-settings:privacy-appdiagnostics
Notifications ms-settings:privacy-notifications
Tasks ms-settings:privacy-tasks
General ms-settings:privacy-general
Accessory apps ms-settings:privacy-accessoryapps
Advertising ID ms-settings:privacy-advertisingid
Phone calls ms-settings:privacy-phonecall
Location ms-settings:privacy-location
Camera ms-settings:privacy-webcam
Microphone ms-settings:privacy-microphone
Motion ms-settings:privacy-motion
Speech, inking & typing ms-settings:privacy-speechtyping
Account info ms-settings:privacy-accountinfo
Contacts ms-settings:privacy-contacts
Calendar ms-settings:privacy-calendar
Call history ms-settings:privacy-callhistory
Email ms-settings:privacy-email
Messaging ms-settings:privacy-messaging
Radios ms-settings:privacy-radios
Background Apps ms-settings:privacy-backgroundapps
Other devices ms-settings:privacy-customdevices
Feedback & diagnostics ms-settings:privacy-feedback
Surface Hub Accounts ms-settings:surfacehub-accounts
Team Conferencing ms-settings:surfacehub-calling
Team device management ms-settings:surfacehub-devicemanagenent
Session cleanup ms-settings:surfacehub-sessioncleanup
Welcome screen ms-settings:surfacehub-welcome
System Shared experiences ms-settings:crossdevice
Display ms-settings:display
Multitasking ms-settings:multitasking
Projecting to this PC ms-settings:project
Tablet mode ms-settings:tabletmode
Taskbar ms-settings:taskbar
Phone ms-settings:phone-defaultapps
Display ms-settings:screenrotation
Notifications & actions ms-settings:notifications
Phone ms-settings:phone
Messaging ms-settings:messaging
Battery Saver ms-settings:batterysaver Only available on devices that have a battery, such as a tablet
Battery use ms-settings:batterysaver-usagedetails Only available on devices that have a battery, such as a tablet
Power & sleep ms-settings:powersleep
About ms-settings:about
Storage ms-settings:storagesense
Storage Sense ms-settings:storagepolicies
Encryption ms-settings:deviceencryption
Offline Maps ms-settings:maps
Time and language Date & time ms-settings:dateandtime
Region & language ms-settings:regionlanguage
Speech Language ms-settings:speech
Pinyin keyboard ms-settings:regionlanguage-chsime-pinyin Available if the Microsoft Pinyin input method editor is installed
Wubi input mode ms-settings:regionlanguage-chsime-wubi Available if the Microsoft Wubi input method editor is installed
Update & security Windows Hello setup ms-settings:signinoptions-launchfaceenrollment
ms-settings:signinoptions-launchfingerprintenrollment
Backup ms-settings:backup
Find My Device ms-settings:findmydevice
Windows Insider Program ms-settings:windowsinsider Only present if user is enrolled in WIP
Windows Update ms-settings:windowsupdate
Windows Update ms-settings:windowsupdate-history
Windows Update ms-settings:windowsupdate-options
Windows Update ms-settings:windowsupdate-restartoptions
Windows Update ms-settings:windowsupdate-action
Activation ms-settings:activation
Recovery ms-settings:recovery
Troubleshoot ms-settings:troubleshoot
Windows Defender ms-settings:windowsdefender
For developers ms-settings:developers
User Accounts Windows Anywhere ms-settings:windowsanywhere Device must be Windows Anywhere-capable
Provisioning ms-settings:workplace-provisioning Only available if enterprise has deployed a provisioning package