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How to Enable or Disable Phone-PC Linking for Continue on PC in Windows 10


You know those websites, searches and articles that you pull up on your iPhone or Android phone? With the Windows 10 Fall Creators Update, you can now forward them to instantly open on your PC with Continue on PC in the Microsoft Edge mobile app, so you can continue what you’re doing – researching that project, shopping for those shoes, finishing that article – with all the benefits of the bigger screen.

Starting with Windows 10 April 2018 Update version 1803, a new policy is available that allows admins to turn off the ability to Link a Phone with a PC to continue reading, emailing and other tasks that requires linking between Phone and PC.

This tutorial will show you how to enable or disable Phone-PC linking using the Continue on PC feature for all users on your Windows 10 PC.

You must be signed in as an administrator to enable or disable Phone-PC linking on your PC.


 CONTENTS:

  • Option One: Enable or Disable Phone-PC Linking for Continue on PC using Local Group Policy Editor
  • Option Two: Enable or Disable Phone-PC Linking for Continue on PC using a REG file


EXAMPLE: Microsoft Edge for iOS and Android



EXAMPLE: Phone-PC linking for Continue on PC disabled
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Enable or Disable Phone-PC Linking for Continue on PC in Windows 10 OPTION ONE Enable or Disable Phone-PC Linking for Continue on PC in Windows 10
Enable or Disable Phone-PC Linking for Continue on PC using Local Group Policy Editor


The Local Group Policy Editor is only available in the Windows 10 Pro, Enterprise, and Education editions.

All editions can use Option Two below.

1. Open the Local Group Policy Editor.

2. In the left pane of Local Group Policy Editor, navigate to the location below. (see screenshot below)

Computer Configuration\Administrative Templates\System\Group Policy

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3. In the right pane of Group Policy in Local Group Policy Editor, double click/tap on the Phone-PC linking on this device policy to edit it. (see screenshot above)

4. Do step 5 (enable) or step 6 (disable) below for what you would like to do.


 5. To Enable Phone-PC Linking for Continue on PC

A) Select (dot) Not Configured or Enabled, click/tap on OK, and go to step 7 below. (see screenshot below)

Not Configured is the default setting.


 6. To Disable Phone-PC Linking for Continue on PC

A) Select (dot) Disabled, click/tap on OK, and go to step 7 below. (see screenshot below)

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7. When finished, close the Local Group Policy Editor.

8. Restart the computer to apply.






Enable or Disable Phone-PC Linking for Continue on PC in Windows 10 OPTION TWO Enable or Disable Phone-PC Linking for Continue on PC in Windows 10
Enable or Disable Phone-PC Linking for Continue on PC using a REG file


The downloadable .reg files below will add and modify the DWORD value in the registry key below.

HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\Policies\Microsoft\Windows\System

EnableMmx DWORD

0 = Disable
(delete) = Enable


1. Do step 2 (enable) or step 3 (disable) below for what you would like to do.


 2. To Enable Phone-PC Linking for Continue on PC

This is the default setting.

A) Click/tap on the Download button below to download the file below, and go to step 4 below.

Enable_Phone-PC_linking_on_this_PC.reg

download


 3. To Disable Phone-PC Linking for Continue on PC

A) Click/tap on the Download button below to download the file below, and go to step 4 below.

Disable_Phone-PC_linking_on_this_PC.reg

download

4. Save the .reg file to your desktop.

5. Double click/tap on the downloaded .reg file to merge it.

6. When prompted, click/tap on Run, Yes (UAC), Yes, and OK to approve the merge.

7. Restart the computer to apply.

8. You can now delete the downloaded .reg file if you like.


That's it,
Shawn