How to disable Your Phone linking feature on Windows 10

Your Phone is a big move by Microsoft. When they did not get proper traction from developers to build their own modern mobile application ecosystem, they started working on integrating the competitor devices. Started with replying to text messages from your PC and continuing your work across devices with Windows Timeline, Microsoft is ready to upgrade this feature. Now, you can view and download your photos from your phone to your PC. Along with that, application emulation and many other exciting features are coming to Your Phone. This works great with Android but might lack some features or efficiency on iOS due to limitations imposed by Apple’s iOS. But, if you are not comfortable with this feature, you can use various methods to disable it on any Windows 10 computer. Today, we will be checking out how to do that.

Disable Your Phone linking feature on Windows 10

Disable Your Phone linking feature on Windows 10

In order to disable ‘Your Phone’ linking feature on Windows 10, we will be taking a look at the following methods-

  • Using the Group Policy Editor.
  • Using the Registry Editor.

1] Using the Group Policy Editor

It is worth noting that this method will not work at all if you are using Windows 10 Home edition. This is so because the Group Policy Editor does not come with Windows 10 Home.

Start by hitting the WINKEY + R button combination to start the Run box and type in gpedit.msc and then finally hit Enter.

Now, navigate to the following path inside the Group Policy Editor-

Computer Configuration > Administrative Templates > System > Group Policy

Double-click on the configuration listing named as Phone-PC linking on this device to open the configuration page.

This policy allows IT admins to turn off the ability to Link a Phone with a PC to continue reading, emailing and other tasks that requires linking between Phone and PC. If you enable this policy setting, the Windows device will be able to enroll in Phone-PC linking functionality and participate in Continue on PC experiences. If you disable this policy setting, the Windows device is not allowed to be linked to Phones, will remove itself from the device list of any linked Phones, and cannot participate in Continue on PC experiences. If you do not configure this policy setting, the default behavior depends on the Windows edition. Changes to this policy take effect on reboot.

You can either select Enabled to Enable the Phone linking feature for Your Phone or Disabled or Not Configured to Disable the Phone linking feature for Your Phone depending on your preferences.

Click on OK and exit the Group Policy Editor.

Reboot your computer for the changes to take effect.

2] Using the Registry Editor

Hit the WINKEY + R button combination to launch the Run utility, type in regedit and hit Enter. Once Registry Editor opens, navigate to the following key-

HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\Policies\Microsoft\Windows

Now, right click on System and select New > DWORD (32-bit) Value.

Name this newly created DWORD as EnableMmx. Double click on it and change its Value to 0 to disable it. To enable it, you need to set its value to 1.

Reboot your computer for the changes to take effect.

Hope this works for you!

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Ayush has been a Windows enthusiast since the day he got his first PC with Windows 98SE. He is an active Windows Insider since Day 1 and is now a Windows Insider MVP. He has been testing pre-release services on his Windows 10 PC, Lumia, and Android devices.

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