Learn how to enable or disable “Allow this PC to access your mobile devices” in Windows 11

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The article demonstrates how to enable or disable the “Allow this PC to access your mobile devices” feature in Windows 11, through either the Settings app or Registry Editor. The Phone Link page, now renamed to Mobile Devices, allows users to control PC-mobile interactions. Microsoft announced plans to add more functionalities to this feature.

This article explains how to enable or disable “Allow this PC to access your mobile devices” in Windows 11.

Starting with Windows 11 build 26016 (Canary), the Phone Link settings page has been renamed to Mobile devices. Settings on this page will allow users to control how their PCs interact with their mobile devices.

As part of this change, a new section will appear for allowing a PC to access mobile devices – this section currently does not introduce anything new yet, but Microsoft promised to add more features soon.

You can quickly use the settings on this page to send and receive text messages, view your photos on your mobile devices, control apps on your mobile devices, and more.

Allow PC to Access your Mobile Devices in Windows 11

As mentioned, a new device setting page for PCs to access your mobile devices has been added to the recent Windows 11 builds.

Here’s how to turn it on or off.

First, open the Windows Settings app.

You can do that by clicking on the Start menu and selecting Settings. Or press the keyboard shortcut (Windows key + I) to launch the Settings app.

When the Setting app opens, click the Bluetooth & devices button on the left.

Windows 11 Bluetooth and devices settings page

Select the Mobile devices tile under ‘Bluetooth & devices ‘on the right to expand it.

Next, select “Allow this PC to access your mobile devices” on the “Bluetooth & device -> Mobile devices” settings page.

Then, toggle the switch button to the On position to enable it. To disable it, toggle the switch button to the Off position.

Windows 11 mobile devices settings

The first time you turn this on, Windows will prompt you to install the “Cross Device Experience Host” feature. This is required.

Exit the settings page when done.

Allow access to your mobile device using Windows Registry Editor

Another way to allow your PC to access your mobile devices is to use Windows Registry Editor.

First, open Windows Registry Editor.

Then, navigate to the registry key below.

Computer\HKEY_CURRENT_USER\Software\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Mobility

Next, double-click the CrossDeviceEnabled (REG_DWORD) name on the Explorer key’s right pane to open it. Then, enter a value 1 to allow your PC to access your mobile devices.

To disable it, type 0.

If you do not see the ‘CrossDeviceEnabled’ item, right-click a blank area and create a new DWORD (32-bit) Value. Then, enter the name ‘CrossDeviceEnabled’.

Windows 11 mobile devices registry editor

You may have to restart your computer for the changes to apply.

That should do it!

Conclusion:

This post showed you how to allow a PC to access your mobile devices in Windows 11. Please use the comments form below if you find errors or have something to add.

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