Launch the Windows Settings app

Important APIs

Learn how to launch the Windows Settings 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. 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.

Accounts

Settings Page URI
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
ms-settings:signinoptions-dynamiclock
Sync your settings ms-settings:sync
Your info ms-settings:yourinfo

Apps

Settings Page URI
Apps & Features ms-settings:appsfeatures
App features ms-settings:appsfeatures-app (Reset, manage add-on & downloadable content, etc. for the app)
Apps for websites ms-settings:appsforwebsites
Default apps ms-settings:defaultapps
Manage optional features ms-settings:optionalfeatures
Startup apps ms-settings:startupapps

Cortana

Settings Page URI
Cortana Permissions & History ms-settings:cortana-permissions
More details ms-settings:cortana-moredetails
Notifications ms-settings:cortana-notifications
Talk to Cortana ms-settings:cortana-language

Devices

Settings Page URI
Audio and speech ms-settings:holographic-audio (only available if the Mixed Reality Portal app is installed--available in the Microsoft Store)
AutoPlay ms-settings:autoplay
Bluetooth ms-settings:bluetooth
Connected Devices ms-settings:connecteddevices
Default camera ms-settings:camera
Mouse & touchpad ms-settings:mousetouchpad (touchpad settings only available on devices that have a touchpad)
Pen & Windows Ink ms-settings:pen
Printers & scanners ms-settings:printers
Touchpad ms-settings:devices-touchpad (only available if touchpad hardware is present)
Typing ms-settings:typing
USB ms-settings:usb
Wheel ms-settings:wheel (only available if Dial is paired)
Your phone ms-settings:mobile-devices

Ease of Access

Settings Page URI
Audio ms-settings:easeofaccess-audio
Closed captions ms-settings:easeofaccess-closedcaptioning
Display ms-settings:easeofaccess-display
Eye control ms-settings:easeofaccess-eyecontrol
Fonts ms-settings:fonts
High contrast ms-settings:easeofaccess-highcontrast
Holographic headset ms-settings:holographic-headset (requires holographic hardware)
Keyboard ms-settings:easeofaccess-keyboard
Magnifier ms-settings:easeofaccess-magnifier
Mouse ms-settings:easeofaccess-mouse
Narrator ms-settings:easeofaccess-narrator
Other options ms-settings:easeofaccess-otheroptions
Speech ms-settings:easeofaccess-speechrecognition

Extras

Settings Page URI
Extras ms-settings:extras (only available if "settings apps" are installed, e.g. by a 3rd party)

Gaming

Settings Page URI
Broadcasting ms-settings:gaming-broadcasting
Game bar ms-settings:gaming-gamebar
Game DVR ms-settings:gaming-gamedvr
Game Mode ms-settings:gaming-gamemode
Playing a game full screen ms-settings:quietmomentsgame
TruePlay ms-settings:gaming-trueplay
Xbox Networking ms-settings:gaming-xboxnetworking

Home page

Settings Page URI
Settings home page ms-settings:

Network, wireless & internet

Settings Page URI
Airplane mode ms-settings:network-airplanemode (use ms-settings:proximity on Windows 8.x)
Cellular & SIM ms-settings:network-cellular
Data usage ms-settings:datausage
Dial-up ms-settings:network-dialup
DirectAccess ms-settings:network-directaccess (only available if DirectAccess is enabled)
Ethernet ms-settings:network-ethernet
Manage known networks ms-settings:network-wifisettings
Mobile hotspot ms-settings:network-mobilehotspot
NFC ms-settings:nfctransactions
Proxy ms-settings:network-proxy
Status ms-settings:network-status
VPN ms-settings:network-vpn
Wi-Fi ms-settings:network-wifi (only available if the device has a wifi adapter)
Wi-Fi Calling ms-settings:network-wificalling (only available if Wi-Fi calling is enabled)

Personalization

Settings Page URI
Background ms-settings:personalization-background
Choose which folders appear on Start ms-settings:personalization-start-places
Colors ms-settings:personalization-colors
Glance ms-settings:personalization-glance
Lock screen ms-settings:lockscreen
Navigation bar ms-settings:personalization-navbar
Personalization (category) ms-settings:personalization
Start ms-settings:personalization-start
Sounds ms-settings:sounds
Task Bar ms-settings:taskbar
Themes ms-settings:themes

Privacy

Settings Page URI
Accessory apps ms-settings:privacy-accessoryapps
Account info ms-settings:privacy-accountinfo
Activity history ms-settings:privacy-activityhistory
Advertising ID ms-settings:privacy-advertisingid
App diagnostics ms-settings:privacy-appdiagnostics
Automatic file downloads ms-settings:privacy-automaticfiledownloads
Background Apps ms-settings:privacy-backgroundapps
Calendar ms-settings:privacy-calendar
Call history ms-settings:privacy-callhistory
Camera ms-settings:privacy-webcam
Contacts ms-settings:privacy-contacts
Documents ms-settings:privacy-documents
Email ms-settings:privacy-email
Eye tracker ms-settings:privacy-eyetracker (requires eyetracker hardware)
Feedback & diagnostics ms-settings:privacy-feedback
File system ms-settings:privacy-broadfilesystemaccess
General ms-settings:privacy-general
Location ms-settings:privacy-location
Messaging ms-settings:privacy-messaging
Microphone ms-settings:privacy-microphone
Motion ms-settings:privacy-motion
Notifications ms-settings:privacy-notifications
Other devices ms-settings:privacy-customdevices
Pictures ms-settings:privacy-pictures
Phone calls ms-settings:privacy-phonecall
Radios ms-settings:privacy-radios
Speech, inking & typing ms-settings:privacy-speechtyping
Tasks ms-settings:privacy-tasks
Videos ms-settings:privacy-videos

Surface Hub

Settings Page URI
Accounts ms-settings:surfacehub-accounts
Session cleanup ms-settings:surfacehub-sessioncleanup
Team Conferencing ms-settings:surfacehub-calling
Team device management ms-settings:surfacehub-devicemanagenent
Welcome screen ms-settings:surfacehub-welcome

System

Settings Page URI
About ms-settings:about
Advanced display settings ms-settings:display-advanced (only available on devices that support advanced display options)
Battery Saver ms-settings:batterysaver (only available on devices that have a battery, such as a tablet)
Battery Saver settings ms-settings:batterysaver-settings (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)
Display ms-settings:display
Default Save Locations ms-settings:savelocations
Display ms-settings:screenrotation
Duplicating my display ms-settings:quietmomentspresentation
During these hours ms-settings:quietmomentsscheduled
Encryption ms-settings:deviceencryption
Focus assist ms-settings:quiethours
ms-settings:quietmomentshome
Graphics Settings ms-settings:display-advancedgraphics (only available on devices that support advanced graphics options)
Messaging ms-settings:messaging
Multitasking ms-settings:multitasking
Night light settings ms-settings:nightlight
Offline Maps ms-settings:maps
Phone ms-settings:phone-defaultapps
Projecting to this PC ms-settings:project
Shared experiences ms-settings:crossdevice
Tablet mode ms-settings:tabletmode
Taskbar ms-settings:taskbar
Notifications & actions ms-settings:notifications
Remote Desktop ms-settings:remotedesktop
Phone ms-settings:phone
Power & sleep ms-settings:powersleep
Storage ms-settings:storagesense
Storage Sense ms-settings:storagepolicies
Video playback ms-settings:videoplayback

Time and language

Settings Page URI
Date & time ms-settings:dateandtime
Japan IME settings ms-settings:regionlanguage-jpnime (available if the Microsoft Japan input method editor is installed)
Pinyin IME settings ms-settings:regionlanguage-chsime-pinyin (available if the Microsoft Pinyin input method editor is installed)
Region & language ms-settings:regionlanguage
Speech Language ms-settings:speech
Wubi IME settings ms-settings:regionlanguage-chsime-wubi (available if the Microsoft Wubi input method editor is installed)

Update & security

Settings Page URI
Activation ms-settings:activation
Backup ms-settings:backup
Delivery Optimization ms-settings:delivery-optimization
Find My Device ms-settings:findmydevice
Recovery ms-settings:recovery
Troubleshoot ms-settings:troubleshoot
Windows Defender ms-settings:windowsdefender
Windows Hello setup ms-settings:signinoptions-launchfaceenrollment
ms-settings:signinoptions-launchfingerprintenrollment
Windows Insider Program ms-settings:windowsinsider (only present if user is enrolled in WIP)
Windows Update ms-settings:windowsupdate
ms-settings:windowsupdate-action
Windows Update-Advanced options ms-settings:windowsupdate-options
Windows Update-Restart options ms-settings:windowsupdate-restartoptions
Windows Update-View update history ms-settings:windowsupdate-history

Developers

Settings Page URI
For developers ms-settings:developers

User Accounts

Settings Page URI
Provisioning ms-settings:workplace-provisioning (only available if enterprise has deployed a provisioning package)
Provisioning ms-settings:provisioning (only available on mobile and if the enterprise has deployed a provisioning package)
Windows Anywhere ms-settings:windowsanywhere (device must be Windows Anywhere-capable)