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.


 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





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

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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, table, or phone. (see screenshot below)

D) When finished, go to step 5 below.

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5. You can now close Settings if you like.






Turn On or Off Apps Communicate with Unpaired Devices in Windows 10 OPTION TWO Turn On or Off Apps Communicate with Unpaired Devices in Windows 10
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\blu etoothSync

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