Turn On or Off Apps Communicate with Unpaired Devices in Windows 10  

    Turn On or Off Apps Communicate with Unpaired Devices in Windows 10

    Turn On or Off Apps Communicate with Unpaired Devices in Windows 10

    How to Turn On or Off Let Apps Communicate with Unpaired Devices in Windows 10
    Published by Category: Network & Sharing
    11 Sep 2022
    Designer Media Ltd



    How to Turn On or Off Let Apps Communicate with Unpaired Devices in Windows 10

    In Windows 10, your apps can automatically share and sync info with wireless devices that don't explicitly pair with your PC, tablet, or phone. This communicate with unpaired devices feature lets apps on your device share information with things like store-tracking beacons, which send you ads as you walk nearby.

    This tutorial will show you how to turn on or off the communicate with unpaired devices feature for your account in Windows 10.


    For a Windows 11 version of this tutorial, see:

    Enable or Disable Let Apps Communicate with Unpaired Devices in Windows 11



    Contents

    • Option One: To Turn On or Off Let Apps Communicate with Unpaired Devices in Settings
    • Option Two: To Turn On or Off Let Apps Communicate with Unpaired Devices using a REG file






    OPTION ONE

    To Turn On or Off Let Apps Communicate with Unpaired Devices in Settings


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

    2 Do step 3 (off) or step 4 (on) below for what you want to do.


     3. To Turn Off Let Apps Communicate with Unpaired Devices

    A) Click/tap on Other devices on the left side, turn off Communicate with unpaired devices on the right side, and go to step 5 below. (see screenshot below step 4A)


     4. To Turn On Let Apps Communicate with Unpaired Devices

    This is the default setting.

    A) Click/tap on Other devices on the left side, and turn on Communicate with unpaired devices on the right side. (see screenshot below)

    Turn On or Off Apps Communicate with Unpaired Devices in Windows 10-communicate_with_unpaired_devices.jpg

    B) Click/tap on the Choose apps that can communicate with unpaired devices link on the right side. (see screenshot above)

    C) Turn on or off apps (if available) to choose which apps can communicate with wireless devices that don't explicitly pair with your PC, tablet, or phone. (see screenshot below)

    D) When finished, go to step 5 below.

    Turn On or Off Apps Communicate with Unpaired Devices in Windows 10-choose_apps_that_can_communicate_with_unpaired_devices.jpg


    5 You can now close Settings if you like.






    OPTION TWO

    To Turn On or Off Let Apps Communicate with Unpaired Devices using a REG file


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

    HKEY_CURRENT_USER\Software\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\CapabilityAccessManager\ConsentStore\bluetoothSync

    Value string value

    Allow = On
    Deny = Off


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


     2. To Turn On Let Apps Communicate with Unpaired Devices

    This is the default setting.

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

    Turn_ON_Let_apps_communicate_with_unpaired_devices.reg

    Download


     3. To Turn Off Let Apps Communicate with Unpaired Devices

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

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


    That's it,
    Shawn Brink





  1. Posts : 7,568
    Windows 10 Home 20H2
       #1

    In Option Two, there is a typo in the following Registry path:
    Code:
    HKEY_CURRENT_USER\Software\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\CapabilityAccessManager\ConsentStore\blu etoothSync
    The space after blu should be removed.

    And, again, the option can be translated into simple commands.
    The following is the default: "Allow" = On.
    Code:
    (REG Add "HKCU\Software\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\CapabilityAccessManager\ConsentStore\bluetoothSync" /V "Value" /T REG_SZ /D "Allow" /F)

    The following will change it to "Deny" = Off.
    Code:
    (REG Add "HKCU\Software\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\CapabilityAccessManager\ConsentStore\bluetoothSync" /V "Value" /T REG_SZ /D "Deny" /F)
      My Computer


  2. Posts : 17,408
    Win 10 Pro 64-bit v1909 - Build 18363 Custom ISO Install
       #2

    Hello @Brink,

    Matthew Wai said:
    In Option Two, there is a typo in the following Registry path:
    Code:
    HKEY_CURRENT_USER\Software\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\CapabilityAccessManager\ConsentStore\blu etoothSync
    The space after blu should be removed.

    Yes, it is only the Tutorial text that needs to be amended, the two REG files are correct.
      My Computer


  3. Posts : 64,502
    64-bit Windows 11 Pro for Workstations
    Thread Starter
       #3

    Thank you @Matthew Wai and @Paul Black.

    It looks like the formatting added a space for some reason. I placed it in a command box to have it show correctly now.
      My Computers


  4. Posts : 17,408
    Win 10 Pro 64-bit v1909 - Build 18363 Custom ISO Install
       #4

    Brink said:
    Thank you @Matthew Wai and @Paul Black.

    It looks like the formatting added a space for some reason. I placed it in a command box to have it show correctly now.
    You are VERY welcome as always @Brink.
      My Computer


 

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