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How to Turn On or Off Share Apps Across Devices in Windows 10

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The Windows 10 Anniversary Update version 1607 introduced a new privacy option in Settings to let apps on your other devices open apps and continue experiences on this device. This new option improves the synchronization between apps installed on your different devices to help improve the user experience.

Starting with Windows 10 build 15002, this setting was moved to its own page – a new entry under Settings > System, called “Shared experiences”, and a new dropdown was added to allow you to switch between My Devices or Everyone. If you’re interested in learning more about experiences an example experience that app developers can create with this, check out this blog post.

This feature will need to be turned on for each device that you want to share apps across.

This tutorial will show you how to turn on or off sharing apps across devices for your account in Windows 10.

You must be signed in as an administrator to turn on or off "Let apps on my other devices open apps and continue experiences on this device".


CONTENTS:
  • Option One: To Turn On or Off Share Apps Across Devices in Settings in builds older than 15002
  • Option Two: To Turn On or Off Share Apps Across Devices using a REG file in builds older than 15002
  • Option Three: To Turn On or Off Share Apps Across Devices in Settings in build 15002 and newer
  • Option Four: To Turn On or Off Share Apps Across Devices using a REG file in build 15002 and newer





Turn On or Off App Synchronization Between Devices in Window 10 OPTION ONE Turn On or Off App Synchronization Between Devices in Window 10
To Turn On or Off Share Apps Across Devices in Settings in builds older than 15002

1. Open Settings, and click/tap on the Privacy icon.

2. Click/tap on General on the left side, and turn on or off Let apps on my other devices open apps and continue experiences on this device on the right side for what you want. (see screenshot below)

3. You can now close Settings if you like.

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Turn On or Off App Synchronization Between Devices in Window 10 OPTION TWO Turn On or Off App Synchronization Between Devices in Window 10
To Turn On or Off Share Apps Across Devices using a REG file in builds older than 15002

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

HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\SmartGlass

UserAuthPolicy DWORD

0 = On
1 = Off


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


 2. To Turn On Share Apps Across Devices

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

Turn-ON_Let_apps_on_my_other_devices_open_apps_and_continue_experiences_on_this_device.reg

download


 3. To Turn Off Share Apps Across Devices

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

Turn-OFF_Let_apps_on_my_other_devices_open_apps_and_continue_experiences_on_this_device.reg

download

4. Save the .reg file to your desktop.

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

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

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





Turn On or Off App Synchronization Between Devices in Window 10 OPTION THREE Turn On or Off App Synchronization Between Devices in Window 10
To Turn On or Off Share Apps Across Devices in Settings in build 15002 and newer

1. Open Settings, and click/tap on the System icon.

2. Click/tap on Shared experiences on the left side, and do step 3 (on) or step 4 (off) below for what you would like to do.


 3. To Turn On Share Apps Across Devices

A) Turn on Let me open apps on other devices, send messages between them, and invite others to use apps with me on the right side under Share across devices. (see screenshot below)

B) In the I can share or receive from drop down, select My devices only or Everyone for what you want, and go to step 5 below.

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 4. To Turn Off Share Apps Across Devices

A) Turn off Let me open apps on other devices, send messages between them, and invite others to use apps with me on the right side under Share across devices, and go to step 5 below. (see screenshot below)

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5. You can now close Settings if you like.





Turn On or Off App Synchronization Between Devices in Window 10 OPTION FOUR Turn On or Off App Synchronization Between Devices in Window 10
To Turn On or Off Share Apps Across Devices using a REG file in build 15002 and newer

Note   Note
The .reg files below will modify the DWORD values in the registry keys below.

HKEY_CURRENT_USER\Software\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\CDP

CdpSessionUserAuthzPolicy DWORD

0 = On
1 = Off and On (My devices only)

NearShareChannelUserAuthzPolicy DWORD

1 = Off and On

RomeSdkChannelUserAuthzPolicy DWORD

0 = Off
1 = On (My devices only)
2 = On (Everyone)

HKEY_CURRENT_USER\Software\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\CDP\SettingsPage

CdpSessionUserAuthzPolicy DWORD

1 = On (My devices only)
2 = On (Everyone)


1. Do step 2 (on - My devices only), step 2 (on - Everyone), or step 3 (off) below for what you would like to do.


 2. To Turn On Share Apps Across Devices from My devices only

A) Click/tap on the Download button below to download the file below, and go to step 5 below.

Turn_on_share_apps_across_devices_from_my_devices_only.reg

download


 3. To Turn On Share Apps Across Devices from Everyone

A) Click/tap on the Download button below to download the file below, and go to step 5 below.

Turn_on_share_apps_across_devices_from_everyone.reg

download


 4. To Turn Off Share Apps Across Devices

A) Click/tap on the Download button below to download the file below, and go to step 5 below.

Turn_off_share_apps_across_devices.reg

download

5. Save the .reg file to your desktop.

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

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

8. Sign out and sign in to apply.

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


That's it,
Shawn