How Yandex Browser uses data from users

Note. To secure your data and keep your search queries and site visits private, follow these general recommendations for protecting your personal information.

Below is a list of situations in which Yandex Browser for Mobile collects and sends data to Yandex servers. All data collected by is processed by Yandex according to the terms of the Privacy Policy and License Agreement.

From this article you can find out:

  • Which data Yandex Browser collects
  • Why Yandex needs this data
  • How to disable the sending of data to a server
  1. Which data Yandex Browser collects
  2. Report a problem or ask a question

Which data Yandex Browser collects

Yandex Browser for mobile sends data to the server in order to:

  1. Solve technical issues such as increasing the data transfer speed or protecting against viruses.
  2. Collect statistics on browser usage.
  3. Debug and resolve user problems.
  1. Data required for certain features to work
  2. Statistics and crash reports

Data required for certain features to work

The lists below describe the types of data that are sent and are grouped by browser function.

Tableau
Type of dataReason(s) for sendingHow to disable data being sent
Site addresses added to TableauTableau creates its representation of a site based on both the site's favicon and its main color.Manually delete sites from Tableau and the site addresses will be deleted.
LocationSet of widgets that appear when opening Tableau for the first time (which vary depending on your location).Data is sent once when you first launch Yandex Browser. It is not possible to use Yandex Browser without this data. If you do not wish to send this data, then do not use this browser.
Your tablet's technical parameters (model, OS, screen size)To make it convenient for Tableau to be used on different device models.It is not possible to use Yandex Browser without this data. If you do not wish to send this data, then do not use this browser.
Search
Type of dataReason(s) for sendingHow to disable data being sent
Unique user identifierTo take into account user's personal preferences when searching.It is not possible to use Yandex Browser without this data. To avoid sending data, you can change the default search engine . Your data will not be sent to Yandex, but it may be collected by another search engine.
Your tablet's interface languageSearch results are offered in this language.
Other data used when searchingTo improve the quality of search.
Image search
Type of dataReason(s) for sendingHow to disable data being sent
A photo or drawing by you if you ask Yandex to find similar images.To search for similar images for a given sample.This feature cannot function without this data. If you do not wish to send this data, then do not use image search.
Search suggestions
Type of dataReason(s) for sendingHow to disable data being sent
Unique user identifierTo take into account user's personal preferences.It is not possible to use Yandex Browser without this data. To avoid sending data, you can change the default search engine . Your data will not be sent to Yandex, but it may be collected by another search engine.
Your tablet's interface languageSearch results are offered in this language.
Your tablet's locationThe list of suggestions depends on the location (for example, when searching for “museums”, the browser will suggest major museums in your region).
Characters entered into the SmartBoxSuggestions adapt to the characters you enter.
Previous search queriesHelps to better understanding what you are looking for and create a more relevant list of suggestions.
Clicks on links in search resultsHelps to better understanding what you are looking for and create a more relevant list of suggestions.
BookmarksIf your bookmarks have pages that match your search query, then they will appear in the list of suggestions.
HistoryIf you have visited pages that match your search query, then they will appear in the list of suggestions.
Yandex.Zen
Type of dataReason(s) for sendingHow to disable data being sent
Unique user and device identifiersTo take into account user's personal preferences.

Disable the Zen recommendations feed:

  1. Tap  → Settings.
  2. Go to the Yandex.Zen section.
  3. Enable the Show recommendations feed option.
Your tablet's interface languageRecommendations are made in this language.
Your tablet's locationRecommendations are selected depending on the location.
  1. Browsing history.
  2. Ratings of recommendations in Zen.
  3. Reading time of articles.
  4. Frequency of feed views, length of time spent viewing feed.
  5. Interests the user has selected and resources they have blocked.
Allows you to configure your recommendations feed so that it more accurately reflects your interests.
Translation
Type of dataReason(s) for sendingHow to disable data being sent
Address of open pageTo determine language.This feature cannot function without this data. If you don't want to send this data, don't use translation.
Text of open pageTranslate page into another language.This feature cannot function without this data. If you don't want to send this data, don't use translation.
Turbo mode
Type of dataReason(s) for sendingHow to disable data being sent
Internet connection speed.To automatically enable or disable Turbo mode.

To disable Turbo mode:

  1. Tap  → Settings.
  2. Tap Turbo Mode.
  3. Move the switch to the Off position.
Addresses and contents of open HTTP pages.Open pages go through Yandex servers to reduce their size before being sent to your device.
Ad filtering
Type of dataReason(s) for sendingHow to disable data being sent
Addresses of pages that you have reported.To improve the ad blocking algorithms.

To disable ad filtering:

  1. Tap  → Settings.
  2. Tap Ad blocking in Content blocking.
  3. Disable the Offensive ad blocker and Intrusive ad blocking options.
Protect
Type of dataReason(s) for sendingHow to disable data being sent
Prefix of address of open pageTo block pages containing malware.It is not possible to use Yandex Browser without this data. If you do not wish to send this data, then do not use this browser.
Information about downloaded fileTo check files for the presence of malware.It is not possible to use Yandex Browser without this data. If you do not wish to send this data, then do not use this browser.
Address and contents of open pages.To secure data over public Wi-Fi networks.Turn off the Wi-Fi protection:
  1. Tap  → Settings.
  2. Go to the Privacy section.
  3. Turn off the Secure your connection while using non-secure Wi-Fi networks option.
Syncing
Type of dataReason(s) for sendingHow to disable data being sent
Authorization data on Yandex (email address or social network authorization data).To sync data between your devices and recover data if your tablet gets broken or lost.

To disable syncing:

  1. Tap  → Settings.
  2. Select Syncing.
  3. Click Disable syncing.

You can also be selective in what data you choose to sync.

Tableau
Bookmarks
Encrypted passwords
Autofill data
Open tabs

Statistics and crash reports

In addition to information that is necessary for certain Yandex Browser for mobile functions to work, crash reports and anonymized usage statistics are also sent to the server.

Type of dataReason(s) for sendingHow to disable data being sent

In addition to reporting feedback to the browser's support service, other information sent is:

  1. Your device's technical specifications (model, platform, operating system version, browser version).
  2. Unique user identifier.
  3. Device region and language.
For localization and troubleshooting.

Contacting the support service without this data is not possible. If you do not want to send this data then do not contact the support service.

Along with your review ( → Settings → Write a review), the browser support staff receives the following:

  1. Unique user identifier.
  2. Your device's technical specifications (model, platform, operating system version, browser version).
  3. Device region and language.
For localization and troubleshooting.

Data is added to the body of the e-mail; you can delete it manually. It is better not to, however, because this data will help us locate the problem faster.

Crash reports are sent to the server if the browser or individual components close unexpectedly.To detect errors and debug the browser.It is not possible to use Yandex Browser without this data. If you do not wish to send this data, then do not use this browser.
When the browser restarts, it checks if the local network to which the tablet is connected includes a SmartTV. If the TV is found, technical information about it (manufacturer, model, serial number, screen resolution, and so on) is sent to the server.To use the TV screen to display video open in the browser.

Disable the Yandex.Remote extension:

  1. Tap  → Extensions.
  2. Find the Yandex.Remote extension in the list and toggle the button to Off.

You can also turn off sending statistics to the server:

  1. Tap  → Settings.
  2. In the More settings section, disable the option Help improve Browser.

Statistics are periodically sent to the server:

  1. Your device's technical specifications (model, platform, operating system version, browser version).
  2. Device region and language.
  3. Navigation statistics.
  4. User clicks on pages.
  5. User requests.
  6. Opened video and audio files.
  7. Changes to browser settings.
  8. Browser processes that are running.
  9. Cookie files (for example, cookies that determine your location).
  10. Other statistical data (user actions, HTTP referrer, etc.).
To count the total number of Yandex Browser for mobile users and collect other statistics.
Attention. Data is sent in an anonymized form and is used by the Yandex Browser team to analyze statistics in aggregate. The collection of statistics does not threaten the security of your personal data.
  1. Tap  → Settings.
  2. In the More settings section, disable the option Help improve Browser.

Report a problem or ask a question

If you didn't find the answer to your question or you want to report a problem, please contact the Yandex Browser for mobile support service.