In this post, we will show you how to fix PhoneExperienceHost.exe High CPU Usage on your Windows PC. PhoneExperienceHost.exe is a background process that runs when you use the Phone Link app on your Windows 11/10 PC.
The Phone Link app (formerly the Your Phone app) is a Microsoft app that allows you to connect your android phone to your Windows PC. Once connected, you may use your PC to take calls, reply to messages, and view photos saved on your phone.
What is a Phone Experience Host?
Phone Experience Host is a Microsoft Windows Service that manages the active sync between your Android phone and your Windows PC. PhoneExperienceHost.exe is its background process that runs actively on your Windows PC to alert you as soon as a notification arrives on your Android phone.
Why is Phone Link running in background?
The Phone Link app comes pre-installed with Windows and is configured to start when you boot to Windows automatically. Due to this reason, the PhoneExperienceHost.exe process keeps running in the background even when you close the app. This may sometimes cause your PC to slow down unnecessarily. This may also cause some unexpected errors, such as high CPU or RAM usage, missing file error, or system error.
Fix PhoneExperienceHost.exe High CPU Usage
To fix PhoneExperienceHost.exe High CPU Usage, we recommend using the following solutions:
- Reset or Repair the Phone Link app.
- Terminate PhoneExperienceHost.exe process.
- Disable Phone Link from launching at startup.
- Disable Phone Link from running in the background.
- Uninstall the Phone Link app.
Let us see these in detail.
1] Reset or Repair the Phone Link app
Start by doing an app ‘Reset’ or ‘Repair’ via the app’s settings on your Windows PC. This would clear the application cache and fix all internal issues with the app.
2] Terminate PhoneExperienceHost.exe process
Windows automatically puts a few Phone Link processes in a suspended (temporarily turned off) state when the app is not in use. This is done to save system resources and improve system performance. However, the PhoneExperienceHost.exe process still remains running, consuming a fraction of your CPU/RAM or even battery.
To disable PhoneExperienceHost.exe, open Task Manager and navigate to the Phone Link option under Background processes. Expand the process and right-click on Microsoft Phone Link. Select Go to details.
This will take you to the PhoneExperienceHost.exe process in the Details tab. Right-click on the process and select End Task.
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3] Disable Phone Link from launching at startup
If you’re not actively using the app, disable it from launching at the startup to improve the boot time of your Windows PC.
Right-click the Start button icon and select Task Manager from the WinX menu. In the Task Manager window, switch to the Startup apps tab. Select Phone Link from the list of apps and click on the Disable icon on top.
4] Disable Phone Link from running in the background
You can also disable the Phone Link app from running in the background. This will close the PhoneExperienceHost.exe process when you close the app and not allow it to run unless you manually relaunch it.
Open the WinX menu and select Installed Apps. Type ‘phone’ in the search bar on top. Phone Link app will show up in the search results. Click on the three-dots icon next to the app name and select Advanced options. Head to the Background apps permissions section and select Never in the Let this app run in background dropdown.
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5] Uninstall the Phone Link app
If you plan not to use the Phone Link app anymore, uninstall it from your system. Microsoft has disabled the option to uninstall Phone Link via the app’s settings page. However, you may uninstall the app using PowerShell on Windows.
Click on the Start button icon and type ‘powershell’. PowerShell will show up as the best match. Click on Run as Administrator option on the right side. Select Yes in the User Account Control prompt that appears.
Then in the PowerShell window, type the following command and then press the Enter key:
Get-AppxPackage Microsoft.YourPhone -AllUsers | Remove-AppxPackage
Close PowerShell and reboot your PC. The above command will permanently remove the Phone Link app from your Windows 11/10 PC.
You may anytime reinstall the app via the Microsoft Store.
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