How to Turn On or Off Apps Communication with Unpaired Devices in Windows 11

This post describes steps one can take to enable or disable apps communicating with unpaired devices in Windows 11.

Windows 11 allows you to minimize connections from apps and Microsoft services or configure privacy settings so that communication is not enabled by default.

One such apps communication feature you may want to limit is connection between devices that aren’t paired to your PC, such as an Xbox One and other which want to share and sync info.

You can enable or disable apps communication with unpaired devices in Windows via Windows Settings app, Group Policy Editor and Windows Registry.

Below is how to turn on or off Communicate with unpaired devices in Windows 11.

How to disable or enable communicate with unpaired devices in Windows 11

As described above, users can turn on or off apps communication with unpaired devices in Windows 11.

Below is how to do it.

Windows 11 has a centralized location for majority of its settings. From system configurations to creating new users and updating Windows, all can be done from its System Settings pane.

To get to System Settings, you can use the Windows key + i shortcut or click on Start ==> Settings as shown in the image below:

windows 11 start menu settings updated

Alternatively, you can use the search box on the taskbar and search for Settings. Then select to open it.

Windows Settings pane should look similar to the image below. In the Windows Settings app, click Privacy & security on the left. On the right, select the Other devices tile to expand as highlighted in the image below.

windows 11 privacy and security other devices jpg

When you click on the Data usage field it will automatically open the Privacy & security -> Other devices setting pane, toggle the switch below “Communicate with unpaired devices” to On or Off to enable or disable this feature.

windows 11 communicate with unpaired devices jpg

Alternatively, open Local Group Policy Editor by clicking on the Start Menu and searching for Edit group policy as highlighted below.

Under Best match, select Edit group policy to launch Local Group Policy Editor.

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In the left pane of Local Group Policy Editor, expand the tree: 

Computer Configuration > Administrative Templates > Windows Components > App Privacy

In the App Privacy details pane on the right, locate and double-click the setting Let Windows apps communicate with unpaired devices.

windows 11 let windows apps communicate with unpair devices jpg

In the Let Windows apps communicate with unpaired devices setting window, set the option to Not ConfigureEnabled or Disabled.

  • Not Configured (default)
  • Enabled 
  • Disabled
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When you enable, select Force Allow in the Default for all apps drop menu under “Options” to allow apps to communicate with unpaired devices.

To disable, select Force Deny in the Default for all apps drop menu under “Options” to disable apps to communicate with unpaired devices.

Select OK to apply your changes.

Close Local Group Policy Editor.

That should do it!

Conclusion:

This post showed you how to enable or disable Communicate with unpaired devices in Windows 11. if you find any error above or have something to share, please use the comment form below.

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