With Windows 10, you can link an Android or iPhone to your computer and use the Continue feature on the computer. If you'd rather allow phones to be connected, you can disable the feature with a group policy setting (if you have Windows Pro) or a quick registry hack (no matter what version of Windows you have).
Note: The phone link feature we're talking about here is the one that debuted in the Fall Creators Update in 2017, and it's built in Windows 10. You can access it via Settings> Phone. This is different from the "Your Phone" app Microsoft debuted in the October 2018 update, which provides Android users with advanced features such as texting from your computer and accessing your photos more easily.
All Windows 10 users: Disable phone link by editing Registry
If you have the Windows Home Edition, you must use the registry to make these changes. You can also do this if you have Windows Pro or Enterprise, but only feel more comfortable working in the registry. (If you have Pro or Enterprise, we recommend using the simpler Local Group Policy Editor, as described later in the article.)
Default Warning: Registry Editor is a powerful tool and adds that can make your system unstable or even unusable . This is a pretty simple hack, and as long as you stick to the instructions, you should not have any problems. Having said that, if you have never worked with it before, you should read how to use Registry Editor before you begin. To get started, open the registry by pressing Start and typing "regedit". Press Enter to open Registry Editor and then allow it to make changes to your Registry Editor. PC.
In the Registry Editor, use the left sidebar to navigate to the following key (or copy and paste it into the Registry Editor field):
HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE SOFTWARE Policy Microsoft Windows
Right-click the Windows folder and select New> Key. Name the new key
Right-click the new
System button and select New> DWORD (32-bit) value. Name the new value
Now, change that value. Double-click the new
EnableMmx value and set the value to 0 in the "Value data" box.
Click "OK", and then quit Registry Editor. To make the changes come into effect, you must restart the computer. You and all other users should no longer be able to link their phones to the computer.
If you do not like to enter the registry yourself, we have created a registry hack that you can use. Just download and extract the following ZIP file:
Content finds a REG for inactivating phone link that adds the system key and the value
EnableMmx to that in the registry as well as setting in this value to 0. 0. Once you have extracted, double-click the file and accept the instructions if you are sure you want to make changes to your registry. You will also find a REG file to reactivate phone link.
RELATED: What is a REG file (and how do I open)?
This hack really just adds the value
EnableMmx to the
System key that we discussed in the previous section and then exported to a .REG file . Running the hack only changes the value in your registry. And if you like to fish with the registry, it's worth taking the time to learn how to create your own registry hacks.
RELATED: How to Create Your Own Windows Registry Hacks
Pro and Corporate Users: Disable Phone Link Using Group Policy
If you are using Windows Pro or Enterprise, you can use the Local Group Policy Editor by using the easiest way to disable phone link. It's a pretty powerful tool, so if you've never used it before, it's worth taking some time to learn what it can do. If you are on a corporate network, everyone is also a service and check with your administrator first. If your workstation is part of a domain, it is likely that it is part of a domain group policy that will still replace the local group policy. Since you will create policy tweaks for specific users, you will also need to take the extra step to create a policy console targeted at those users.
In Windows Pro or Enterprise, shoot the Local Group Policy Editor by clicking Start, type "gpedit.msc" in the search box, and then click the resulting or hit Enter.
In the left pane of the Local Group Policy Editor window, drill down to Computer Configuration> Administrative Templates> System> Group Policy. To the right, you will find the item "Phone PC Connection on this device" and double-click it.
Set the policy for "Disabled" and then click "OK."
You can now exit the Group Policy Editor and restart your machine to test the new changes you just made. If you want to reactivate the Phone PC link feature, use the editor only to set the item to "Not Configured."