How to Disable or Uninstall Your Phone App on Windows 11
Irritated by the Your Phone app continuously running in the background? Disable or uninstall the app as per your preference to get rid of it.
‘Your Phone’ app in Windows is great as a concept, you can download an app on your Android or iOS phone, sign in with the same Microsoft account your computer is logged in with, and you will be able to access the texts and messages right from your computer.
While the convenience attained using the app is definitely alluring, the ‘Your Phone’ app still has a lot of bugs to iron out when it comes to that seamless connectivity it promises.
Moreover, the app also always runs in the background hogging your precious resources and computational power.
If you are also among the majority who don’t use the app, disabling it temporarily or uninstalling it definitely makes sense.
Disable the Your Phone App from Settings
If you do not wish to uninstall the Your Phone app from your Windows computer as you might wish to use it at some later point in time, disabling it might just be the perfect solution for you.
To do so, head to the Settings app from the pinned apps on the Start Menu or by searching for it from the menu.
Next, click on the ‘Apps’ tab present on the left sidebar of the window.
Then, click on the ‘Apps & features’ tile present to the right of the Settings window.
Now, you can either search for ‘Your Phone’ app using the search box present under the ‘App list’ section. Otherwise, you can also scroll down and locate the app manually.
Once you have located the app, click on the kebab icon (three vertical dots) and choose the ‘Advanced options’ option to proceed.
Next, locate the ‘Let this app run in the background’ option under the ‘Background apps permissions’ section. Then, click on the drop-down menu present right beneath it and choose the ‘Never’ option to not let those app run in the background.
After that, scroll down to locate the ‘Terminate’ section on the screen and click on the ‘Terminate’ button present under the label.
Your Phone app is now disabled on your Windows 11 computer.
Uninstall Your Phone App Using PowerShell
Unfortunately, you cannot uninstall the ‘Your Phone’ app by going the GUI way. That being said, it is not impossible and in fact, is a pretty straightforward process if you are not afraid of typing a couple of commands in Windows PowerShell.
To uninstall Your Phone app this way, first, type ‘Terminal’ in the Start Menu to search for Windows Terminal. Then, right-click on the ‘Windows Terminal’ tile and choose the ‘Run as Administrator’ option from the context menu.
Now, on the PowerShell window, type or copy+paste the following command and hit Enter on your keyboard.
Get-AppxPackage Microsoft.YourPhone -AllUsers | Remove-AppxPackage
PowerShell will now initialize the process to uninstall the ‘Your Phone’ app from your computer. Wait for the process to finish; once completed, the app will be deleted from your system.
So, folks, this is how you can disable or uninstall the Your Phone app on your Windows 11 computer.