Phone Enable or Disable Phone Link app in Windows 11


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This tutorial will show you how to enable or disable the ability to link an iPhone or Android phone with the Phone Link app for your account or all users in Windows 11.

The Phone Link app on your Windows PC let's you get instant access to everything you love on your phone, right from your PC. Link your iPhone or Android phone and PC to view and reply to text messages, make and receive calls, and more - all right on your PC.

The Phone Link experience starts on your PC with Windows 10 or Windows 11 and the Your Phone app. From your PC you can connect to select Android and Samsung devices with these two apps:
You’ll see these names combined as Your Phone Companion – Link to Windows in the Google Play Store and in the Galaxy Store. In the Microsoft Store, you’ll see Your Phone. This link between your device and PC gives you instant access to everything you love. Read and reply to text messages with ease, view recent photos from your Android device, use your favorite mobile apps, make and receive calls, and manage your Android device’s notifications right on your PC.

Starting with Windows 11 version 22H2 KB5030310 Build 22621.2361, Microsoft is beginning to roll out a new option under Settings > Bluetooth & devices > Phone Link to disable Phone Link all together in Windows 11. This setting will prevent Phone Link from communicating with your mobile devices.

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Contents

  • Option One: Turn On Phone Link for Current User from Phone Link app
  • Option Two: Turn On or Off Phone Link for Current User in Settings
  • Option Three: Turn On or Off Phone Link for Current User using REG file
  • Option Four: Enable or Disable Phone Link for All Users in Local Group Policy Editor
  • Option Five: Enable or Disable Phone Link for All Users using REG file


EXAMPLE: Phone Link app disabled

Your_Phone_app_disabeld.png





Option One

Turn On Phone Link for Current User from Phone Link app


1 Open the Phone Link app.

2 Click/tap on Turn on. (see screenshot below)

Phone_Link.png





Option Two

Turn On or Off Phone Link for Current User 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.



Mobile_devices_Phone_Link-1.png

3 Turn On or Off (default) Phone Link for what you want. (see screenshot below)

The Phone Link app will automatically open when you turn on Phone Link.


Mobile_devices_Phone_Link-2.png

4 You can now close Settings if you like.




Option Three

Turn On or Off Phone Link for Current User using REG file


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

2 Turn On Phone Link

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

Turn_on_Phone_Link_for_current_user.reg


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

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

3 Turn Off Phone Link

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_Phone_Link_for_current_user.reg


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

[HKEY_CURRENT_USER\Software\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Mobility]
"PhoneLinkEnabled"=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.




Option Four

Enable or Disable Phone Link for All Users in Local Group Policy Editor


You must be signed in as an administrator to use this option.

The Local Group Policy Editor is only available in the Windows 11 Pro, Enterprise, and Education editions.

All editions can use Option Five to configure the same policy.


1 Open the Local Group Policy Editor (gpedit.msc).

2 Navigate to the policy location below in the left pane of the Local Group Policy Editor. (see screenshot below)

Computer Configuration > Administrative Templates > System > Group Policy

Your_Phone_app_gpedit-1.png

3 In the right pane of Group Policy in the Local Group Policy Editor, double click/tap on the Phone-PC linking on this device policy to edit it. (see screenshot above)

4 Do step 5 (enable) or step 6 (disable) below for what you would like to do.

5 Enable Phone Link app for All Users

This is the default setting to allow using Option One, Option Two, and Option Three.


A) Select (dot) Not Configured. (see screenshot below)​

B) Click/tap on OK, and go to step 7 below.​

Your_Phone_app_gpedit-2.png

6 Disable Phone Link app for All Users

This will override and prevent using Option One, Option Two, and Option Three.


A) Select (dot) Disabled. (see screenshot below)​

B) Click/tap on OK, and go to step 7 below.​

Your_Phone_app_gpedit-3.png

7 You can now close the Local Group Policy Editor if you like.




Option Five

Enable or Disable Phone Link for All Users using REG file


You must be signed in as an administrator to use this option.


1 Do step 2 (enable) or step 3 (disable) below for what you would like to do.


 2. Enable Phone Link app for All Users

This is the default setting to allow using Option One, Option Two, and Option Three.


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

Enable_Phone-PC_linking_with_Your_Phone_app_for_all_users.reg


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

[HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\Policies\Microsoft\Windows\System]
"EnableMmx"=-


 3. Disable Phone Link app for All Users

This will override and prevent using Option One, Option Two, and Option Three.


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

Disable_Phone-PC_linking_with_Your_Phone_app_for_all_users.reg


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

[HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\Policies\Microsoft\Windows\System]
"EnableMmx"=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 could now delete the downloaded .reg file if you like.


That's it,
Shawn Brink


 

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Tutorial updated to add new options 1, 2, and 3. :alien:
 

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