One major advantage that comes with being locked into the Apple ecosystem is how well an iPhone and a Mac work together. Messages and calls can sync between them so that you don’t really need to look at your phone to get calls, messages, and notifications. It’s an excellent way to keep yourself from getting distracted by other apps on your phone.
Microsoft doesn’t have a mobile OS that integrates with Windows 10 the way iOS and macOS integrate with each other. That said, it does make an effort to give Windows 10 users a way to manage and use their phone from their desktop.
What is the YourPhone.exe process in Windows 10?
Windows 10 introduced an app called Your Phone awhile back. This app is used to connect a phone to a Windows 10 desktop. The connection works via a companion app that is installed on the phone, and it allows notifications, messages, and calls to sync to the desktop.
Quit the Your Phone App
The Your Phone app works with both iPhones and Android phones however, because the Android OS is far more open than iOS, Android phones work better with the Your Phone app.
Disable YourPhone EXE
YourPhone EXE runs in the background and if you open up Task Manager, you will see that it runs in a suspended state. This app will run even if you haven’t connected a phone to your Windows 10 desktop. To stop it from running in the background, follow these steps.
- Open the Settings app (Win+I keyboard shortcut).
- Go to the Privacy group of settings.
- Select the Background apps tab.
- Scroll through the list of apps and turn the Your Phone app switch off.
- Restart the system.
- Your Phone will no longer run in the background.
Uninstall Your Phone
If you’d like to get rid of the Your Phone app altogether, you can uninstall it from Windows 10. You will need admin rights to remove the app.
- Open PowerShell with admin rights.
- Run this command to remove Your Phone:
Get-AppxPackage Microsoft.YourPhone -AllUsers | Remove-AppxPackage
- Restart the system for good measure.
Note: You can install Your Phone from the Microsoft Store.
Your Phone is not a malicious app and it isn’t resource-hungry either. Finding it running on your system may be alarming since a desktop OS doesn’t have much to do with a phone and Your Phone also isn’t a popular app so not many Windows 10 users know about it.
All that said, it is harmless and you don’t have to remove it from your system unless it’s giving you trouble.