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Apps - Turn Live Tiles On or Off in Windows 8


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Apps - Turn Live Tiles On or Off in Windows 8
This tutorial will show you how to turn live tile updates on or off for apps on your Start screen in Windows 8, Windows RT, Windows 8.1, and Windows RT 8.1.
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How to Turn Live Tile Notification Updates On or Off for Apps on Start Screen in Windows 8 and 8.1
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This tutorial will show you how to turn live tile updates on or off for apps on your Start screen in Windows 8, Windows RT, Windows 8.1, and Windows RT 8.1.
How to Turn Live Tile Notification Updates On or Off for Apps on Start Screen in Windows 8 and 8.1

information   Information
Windows 8 Store apps can deliver periodic or real-time information to you that will be displayed as live notification updates on your app tiles in Start. Apps that you choose to use as lock screen apps can also show notification updates on the lock screen.

Store apps that are pinned to Start can update their tiles with text, images, or text and images. Store apps that are set to show status on the lock screen can update the lock screen with text. This tile information is sent from the app provider to you through Windows Notification Service on Microsoft servers, and is then stored locally on your PC.

This tutorial will show you how to turn live tile updates on or off for apps on your Start screen in Windows 8, Windows RT, Windows 8.1, and Windows RT 8.1.

For more information on this, see also:
Note   Note

  • If you unpin an app from Start or uninstall it, the app will no longer receive or display tile updates.
  • You can choose which apps can display updates on the lock screen by adding or removing lock screen apps in Personalize in PC settings.
  • Turning a live app tile off for the "Start" screen will not affect it from showing updates on the lock screen.
Tip   Tip
If the "Turn live tile on" or "Turn live tile off" option is missing, then double check to make sure that the Windows Time service is enabled, and that your system time is set accurately and synced.

You could also do this by opening an elevated command prompt, then typing the commands below and press Enter after each one.
net start w32time
w32tm /resync

Afterwards, see if you have the "Turn live tile on/off" option.



Here's How:

1. Open the Start screen, then do step 2 or 3 below for what you would like to do.

2. To Turn Live Tile Updating On for an App
A) Right click on an app that has it's live tile turned off to select (check) it, then click/tap on Turn live tile on in the options bar. (see screenshot below)​
NOTE: Right clicking on the app again will unselect (uncheck) it if you selected the wrong app by mistake. Touchscreen users will need to swipe the app instead.​
Live_tile-Turn-on.jpg
B) It may take a bit for live tile updates to start showing on the app's tile.​

3. To Turn Live Tile Updating Off for an App
A) Right click on an app that has it's live tile turned on to select (check) it, then click/tap on Turn live tile off in the options bar. (see screenshot below)​
NOTE: Right clicking on the app again will unselect (uncheck) it if you selected the wrong app by mistake. Touchscreen users will need to swipe the app instead.​
Live_tile-Turn_Off.jpg
B) Live tile updates for the selected app's tile will now no longer be displayed on it.​

4. When finished, you can click/tap on an empty space on the Start screen to close the app option bar.


That's it,
Shawn


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I just tried this on my win8 testing VM and the tiles are still updating, if I right click again I can confirm its off as the option is to turn it back on again.
 

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Hello Chrysalis,

Odd. You might sign out and sign in to see if that may help.
 

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I have a big issue with that option.
My "Turn live tile" option is missing, each tile is completely static (for example Weather), and I tried everything :
- set time synchronization
- enable localisation
- enable animation in windows
- enable thumbnail cache (don't know if it can help) which was disabled.
I don't know what to do to make this option appear.
An idea ?
thanks
 

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Hello Jean, and welcome to Eight Forums.

Has it always been like this, or did it happen after doing anything?

If it worked fine before, then you might see if doing a system restore using a restore point (if available) dated before this happened may help.

Hope this helps, :)
Shawn
 

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Thanks, in fact I'm coming from a previous Windows release.
I didn't know tiles animate (so didn't find them useful ...). I just spent 2 days installing everything, change the settings to fit my needs.
Now I notice that there's no animation on the tiles, no button to enable it, and I don't know why !
I just have 3 restore point, maybe the issue was there at the beginning. If this is the only solution, I'm going to give up I think, I really don't want to install the whole again :(
 

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Jean,

Personally, I wouldn't worry about it for right now. Most likely it will be sorted after you upgrade to Windows 8.1 through the Store on October 18th anyways. :)
 

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I updated to 8.1 and it doesn't change anything, my tiles are static :(
Hmm, I'm afraid that I'm stumped as well other than a clean install. :(
 
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