Phone Enable or Disable Allow PC to Access your Mobile Devices in Windows 11


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This tutorial will show you how to turn on or off "Allow this PC to access your mobile devices" for your account in Windows 11.

Now you can link and manage your mobile devices directly from your PC. This link between your Android device and PC provides instant access to your mobile device with just a few simple steps.

The following are required for this to work:
  • A PC running Windows 11.
  • An Android devices running Android 8.0 or later.
  • Your Phone and your PC both need to be connected to Wi-Fi network (directly or via router).
Reference:

Contents

  • Option One: Turn On or Off "Allow this PC to access your mobile devices" in Settings
  • Option Two: Turn On or Off "Allow this PC to access your mobile devices" using REG file


EXAMPLE: "Things are in the works!" for this setting

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Option One

Turn On or Off "Allow this PC to access your mobile devices" in Settings


1 Open Settings (Win+I).

2 Click/tap on Bluetooth & devices on the left side, and click/tap on Mobile devices on the right side. (see screenshot below)

Starting with Windows 11 build 22631.3235, the Phone Link settings page has been renamed to Mobile devices.



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3 Do step 4 (on) or step 5 (off) below for what you want.

4 Turn On "Allow this PC to access your mobile devices"

A) Turn On Allow this PC to access your mobile devices. (see screenshot below)​

Access_to_Mobile_devices-2.png

B) If this is the first time turning on this setting, you will be prompted to click/tap on Install to install the Cross Device Experience Host feature required for this setting. (see screenshot below)​

Access_to_Mobile_devices-5.png

C) You will now see the download and install progress until it has finished. (see screenshots below)​

D) Go to step 6 below.​

Access_to_Mobile_devices-6.png
Cross_Device_Experience_Host.png

5 Turn Off "Allow this PC to access your mobile devices"

This is the default setting.


A) Turn Off Allow this PC to access your mobile devices. (see screenshot below)​

B) Go to step 6 below.​

Access_to_Mobile_devices-3.png

6 You can now close Settings if you like.




Option Two

Turn On or Off "Allow this PC to access your mobile devices" using REG file


1 Do step 2 (on) or step 3 (off) below for what you want.

2 Turn On "Allow this PC to access your mobile devices"

This will not install the required Cross Device Experience Host feature if it hasn't already been installed.


A) Click/tap on the Download button below to download the REG file below, and go to step 4 below.​

Turn_ON_Allow_this_PC_to_access_your_mobile_devices.reg


(Contents of REG file for reference)
Code:
Windows Registry Editor Version 5.00

[HKEY_CURRENT_USER\Software\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Mobility]
"CrossDeviceEnabled"=dword:00000001

3 Turn Off "Allow this PC to access your mobile devices"

This is the default setting.


A) Click/tap on the Download button below to download the REG file below, and go to step 4 below.​

Turn_OFF_Allow_this_PC_to_access_your_mobile_devices.reg


(Contents of REG file for reference)
Code:
Windows Registry Editor Version 5.00

[HKEY_CURRENT_USER\Software\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Mobility]
"CrossDeviceEnabled"=dword:00000000

4 Save the .reg file to your desktop.

5 Double click/tap on the downloaded .reg file to merge it.

6 When prompted, click/tap on Run, Yes (UAC), Yes, and OK to approve the merge.

7 You can now delete the downloaded .reg file if you like.


That's it,
Shawn Brink


 

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Hi there,

I run a debloated script sometime last year that disabled some unnecessary stuff and rendered some sections with "Some of these settings are managed by your organization".

I was able to toggle the "Allow this PC to access your mobile devices" with the regeditor change you mentioned, but the buttons are still grayed out and do nothing.

I am able to run the Phone Link app and do basically everything between my PC and my android device, EXCEPT for the new feature that allows the use of the phone camara as a windows webcam, since to turn on this ability we have to toggle it inside the "Manage Devices" that I can't open.

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Anyway I can restore this by regedit?

Thanks
 

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System One

  • OS
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    Computer type
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    CPU
    AMD Ryzen 9 5950X
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    Memory
    64GB G.Skill F4-3600CL16
    Graphics Card(s)
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    Screen Resolution
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You might have some luck by looking for relevant policies and remove them after performing a backup:
The keys to look for are:

HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\Policies
HKEY_CURRENT_USER\Software\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Policies

There could be others.
 

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@OAT yes I checked those as well as Group Policy's Administrative Templates, it seems that a recent change in "Data collection and preview builds" was the culprit here, optional data was turned off witch prevented some features to work correctly since I'm on the beta channel.

After some tweaks and restarts all is available again :wink:

Thanks
 

My Computer

System One

  • OS
    Windows 11 Pro
    Computer type
    PC/Desktop
    CPU
    AMD Ryzen 9 5950X
    Motherboard
    ASUS ROG STRIX X570-F GAMING
    Memory
    64GB G.Skill F4-3600CL16
    Graphics Card(s)
    NVIDIA GeForce RTX 4080
    Screen Resolution
    4K
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For that specific setting, the key below is the culprit:

HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\Policies\Microsoft\Windows\CloudContent
DisableWindowsConsumerFeatures=RegDWord=0
 

My Computers

System One System Two

  • OS
    Win11 All /Debian/Arch
    Computer type
    Laptop
    Manufacturer/Model
    ASUSTeK COMPUTER INC. TUF Gaming FX705GM
    CPU
    2.20 gigahertz Intel i7-8750H Hyper-threaded 12 cores
    Motherboard
    ASUSTeK COMPUTER INC. FX705GM 1.0
    Memory
    24428 Megabytes
    Graphics Card(s)
    Intel(R) UHD Graphics 630 / NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1060
    Sound Card
    Intel(R) Display Audio / Realtek(R) Audio
    Monitor(s) Displays
    Integrated Monitor (17.3"vis)
    Screen Resolution
    FHD 1920X1080 16:9
    Hard Drives
    2 SSD SATA/NVM Express 1.3
    WDS500G2B0A-00SM50 500.1 GB
    WDCSDAPNUW-1002 256 GB
    PSU
    19V DC 6.32 A 120 W
    Cooling
    Dual Fans
    Mouse
    MS Bluetooth
    Internet Speed
    Fiber 1GB Cox -us & ADSL Bouygues -fr
    Browser
    Edge Canary- Firefox Nightly
    Antivirus
    Windows Defender
    Other Info
    VMs of Windows 11 stable/Beta/Dev/Canary
    VM of XeroLinux- Arch based & Debian 12
  • Operating System
    Windows 11 Insider Canary
    Computer type
    Laptop
    Manufacturer/Model
    ASUS X751BP
    CPU
    AMD Dual Core A6-9220
    Motherboard
    ASUS
    Memory
    8 GB
    Graphics card(s)
    AMD Radeon R5 M420
    Sound Card
    Realtek
    Monitor(s) Displays
    17.3
    Screen Resolution
    1600X900 16:9
    Hard Drives
    1TB 5400RPM
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