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How to disable the Your Phone feature in Windows 10?

By Alexandra Bagratian | August 23, 2018 |

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‘The ability to simplify means to eliminate the unnecessary

so that the necessary may speak’

Hans Hofmann

When using a smartphone, it is common to encounter such situations in which switching to a bigger screen and proceeding with your work there would be an extremely desirable shift. That is where the Your Phone feature, which you can find at Settings -> Phone in Windows 10, comes in very handy. It allows you to link your mobile device to your Win 10 PC and migrate your activities from your iPhone or Android device to your computer via the Continue on PC feature in the Microsoft Edge mobile app.

Although this kind of cross-platform integration is by all accounts a miracle, you might have your own reasons for giving this kind of opportunity a wide berth. For instance, there might be some security, safety, or ethical reasons involved that force you to reject the Your Phone option. In a scenario like this, it would be a good idea to disable the app in view so that you can rest easy knowing that nobody is allowed to connect their phone to your computer.

With this in mind, Auslogics experts have collected a list of the best methods how to disable the Phone-to-PC linking feature on Windows 10. You are welcome to make use of them if you are looking how to turn off Your Phone App on Windows 10:

Use Group Policy to turn off Windows Phone-PC linking

This solution is for those users who are running Windows 10 Pro / Enterprise. Here is how you can utilize Group Policy to say goodbye to the Phone-to-PC linking feature:

  1. Invoke the Run app by simultaneously pressing the Windows logo and R keys on your keyboard.
  2. Type gpedit.msc into the Run bar and click OK or hit Enter.
  3. Once you are in the Local Group Policy Editor, go to Computer Configuration -> Administrative Templates -> System -> Group Policy.
  4. In the right pane, locate and double-click Phone-PC linking on this device.
  5. Select Disabled. Then click Apply and OK.

Now no phone can be linked to your PC.

Use Registry Editor to disable Your Phone App on Windows 10

Those who are using Windows 10 Home should use this set of instructions to disable the app in question:

  1. Press the Windows logo key + R shortcut to open the Run app.
  2. Type regedit into the Run bar and hit Enter.
  3. Navigate to HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\Policies\Microsoft\Windows.
  4. In the left-pane menu, locate and right-click the Windows (folder) key.
  5. From the drop-down menu, select New. Then select Key.
  6. Name the new key System and hit Enter to proceed.
  7. Right-click the new key, click New, and select DWORD (32-bit) Value.
  8. Name the new item EnableMmx and hit Enter.
  9. Go to the right-pane. Double-click the EnableMmx key.
  10. Go to Value data and type 0. Click OK.

Now you are good to go.

Use Auslogics Windows Slimmer

Windows 10 is packed full of cutting-edge features, the Phone-to-PC linking option being one of them, and Microsoft takes pride in that. However, not all users need such an arsenal, and some computers are not powerful enough to run Windows 10 as fancy as it is by default. And on top of that, those features, services, and apps that are rarely or never used still eat into your system resources, so keeping them active is actually irrational. Anyway, you are undoubtedly justified in getting rid of the things that you do not use – whatever your reason for doing so. Since decluttering your Windows manually is no easy task and is actually more of a challenge, we recommend employing a dedicated tool for the purpose in question.

One of such tools is Auslogics Windows Slimmer: it is a free program that increases the efficiency of your system by tweaking its settings and removing what you do not need. What is more, Auslogics Windows Slimmer prevents unnecessary data transmission. As a result, your Windows becomes easier to use, safer and more productive.

Now you know how to disable the Phone-to-PC linking feature on Windows 10.

If you need extra assistance, do not hesitate to leave a comment below. We are always here to help you!

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