Learn how to turn Phone Link on or off in Windows 11

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The article provides guidance on how to enable or disable the Phone Link feature, soon to be called “Mobile Devices,” in Windows 11. Users can control this function using the Windows Settings app, Local Group Policy Editor, or Windows Registry Editor. Possible adjustments include syncing with mobile devices, managing notifications, and using the ‘Continue on…

This article explains turning the Phone Link feature on or off in Windows 11.

The Phone Link app is a feature on Windows that allows you to link your phone and PC using Wi-Fi or Bluetooth and access your phone’s apps and data from your PC. It lets you browse, play, order, chat, and more using your PC’s larger screen and keyboard while your phone stays in your pocket or desk.

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The Phone Link, soon to be renamed “Mobile Devices,” can now be turned on or off in the Windows Canary and Dev builds. To enable or disable Phone Link, your computer must be enrolled in the Microsoft Insider Preview program.

Windows will prevent Phone Link from communicating with your mobile devices when turned off.

Enable or disable Phone Link in Windows

As mentioned, the Phone Link feature can now be enabled or disabled using the Settings app in Windows.

Here’s how to do it.

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.

Windows 11 Mobile devices tile

Next, select the “Phone Link” tile. Then, toggle the switch button to the On position to enable Windows to communicate with your Mobile devices.

To turn it off, toggle the switch button to the Off position.

Turn on or off Phone Link in Windows 11

Close the Settings app when you’re done.

Enable or disable the Phone Link using the Local Group Policy Editor

Another way to disable or enable the Phone Link feature is to use the Local Group Policy Editor.

First, open the Local Group Policy Editor (gpedit.msc). (Search for ‘Edit group policy ‘) on the Start menu.

Then, navigate the folders below:

Computer Configuration > Administrative Templates > System > Group Policy​

In the Group Policy details pane on the right, locate and double-click the “Phone-PC linking on this device” settings.

On the “Phone-PC linking on this device” window, set the option to Not ConfigureEnabled, or Disabled.

  • Not Configured (default)
  • Enabled  – Windows device will be able to enroll in Phone-PC linking functionality and participate in Continue on PC experiences.
  • Disabled – Windows device is not allowed to be linked to Phones, will remove itself from the device list of any linked Phones, and cannot participate in Continue on PC experiences.

Click OK to save your changes. You may have to reboot your device for the settings to apply.

Turn on or off Phone Link using the Windows Registry Editor

Yet another way to disable Phone Link in Windows is to use the Windows Registry editor.

First, open the Windows Registry and navigate to the folder key path below.

Disable or enable for current user:

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

Next, double-click the Mobility (REG_DWORD) name on the System key’s right pane to open it.

Then, enter a value 1 to enable Phone-PC linking on the Windows device for the current user.

To disable it, enter 0.

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

Next, enter the name ‘Mobility. Then, enter the value you want.

Turn on or off Phone Link registry current user

Enable or disable for all users:

Computer\HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\Policies\Microsoft\Windows\System

Next, double-click the EnableMmx (REG_DWORD) name on the System key’s right pane to open it.

Then, enter a value 0 to disable Phone-PC linking on the Windows device.

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

Next, enter the name ‘EnableMmx‘. Then, enter 0 to disable for all users.

To enable it, delete the ‘EnableMmx‘ value name created above.

Save your changes and restart your computer.

That should do it!

Conclusion:

This post showed you how to enable or disable the Phone Link feature in Windows 11. Please use the comments form below if you find errors or have something to add.

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