Windows 10 comes with a Your Phone app that allows you to pair your Android or iOS smartphone with your desktop computer and view your phone data on your PC. After pairing the devices, you may notice that YourPhone.exe is running in the background.
Your Phone was first introduced at Build 2018. The purpose of the app is to allow users to sync their Android or iOS smartphones with Windows 10. The app allows users to sync messages, photos, and notifications with their Windows 10 device, such as viewing and editing photos stored on their smartphone directly on their computer.
What does the “Your Phone” app do in Windows 10?
The Your Phone app allows you to link your Android smartphone and PC to quickly view and respond to text messages, access notifications, and installed apps directly on your PC. Recent updates to the Your Phone app have made it possible to receive and make calls directly from your PC and transfer them from one device to another.
The app supports deleting photos stored on your phone and dragging and dropping documents between your phone and PC. For proactive users, Your Phone also allows you to connect multiple phones to a PC. The app requires Android version 7.0 or higher to connect between devices.
When the app runs in the background, it consumes power. This can be very important for devices with low battery power. In this situation, you may need to prohibit your phone from running in the background. This can be done in several steps.
How do I prevent the “Your Phone” app from running in the background
Disable background apps
- Open the app settings by pressing Win + I.
- Click on Privacy.
- You will now see a hamburger menu with a list of options. Find “Background Apps” and click on it.
- You will now see a button that allows you to disable all apps (including your phone) from running in the background.
- However, if you want to be more selective and disable only the “Your Phone” app, you can do so by scrolling down the page.
- At the bottom of the page, you should see a toggle button that allows you to disable the Your Phone app in the background.
- Disable the toggle button and YourPhone.exe will no longer run in the background.
Manually stop the “Your Phone” process
If you think your phone process.exe is running on your computer and you want to stop it, you can do it manually using the Windows Task Manager.
- To do this, open the Windows Task Manager by right-clicking on the taskbar at the bottom of the screen. In the options menu, click Task Manager. You can also press Ctrl + Shift + Esc on your keyboard to open it manually.
- In the Windows Task Manager window, look for a process called “Your Phone.” When the app is open, it will appear as “Your Phone.” If the app is running in the background, it may appear as Your Phone.
- To end the Your Phone or Your Phone process, right-click it and select End Task.
- This will end the current process until the next reboot or until you manually open the Your Phone app.
- When you use the phone features, this prevents the app from running in the background.
- You won’t receive any notifications or synced messages from your Android device until you open the app again.
Uninstalling Your Phone app using Windows PowerShell
If you disable Your Phone by prohibiting it from running in the background, it will actually remain disabled, but you can still open it manually. If you want to remove it completely, you will have to use Windows PowerShell to do so.
- To uninstall yourphone.exe, you need to open a PowerShell window with administrative privileges. To do this, right-click on the Start menu and select the Windows PowerShell option.
- In the Windows PowerShell window, you can run a command that will disable the components used for Your Phone (including yourphone.exe). To do this, type Get-AppxPackage Microsoft.Your Phone -AllUsers | Remove AppxPackage and press Enter.
- You will not see confirmation that Your Phone application has been removed. If the command was executed successfully, no response will be recorded in the PowerShell window. In the future, you may also need to delete the installation files of the Your Phone application. You can access these files by opening the C: Program FilesWindowsApps folder in Windows File Explorer.
- In the C: Program FilesWindowsApps folder, find an additional folder that starts with Microsoft.Your Phone (for example, Microsoft.YourPhone_1.20081.117.0_x64__8wekyb3d8bbwe). The folder name changes depending on the version of the application currently installed on your computer. There may be several folders in the list labeled Microsoft. Your Phone, so look for the folder that contains the system architecture label (for example, x64).
- To delete a folder, right-click it and click Delete. This will delete all Your Phone application files, including yourphone.exe.
- You may have to click Next on the Access to folder denied pop-up window to give permission to delete the folder.
- If the folder cannot be removed, you can use a Windows PowerShell command to forcibly remove it. To do this, type Remove-Item -path “C:Program FilesWindowsAppsMicrosoft.YourPhone_1.20081.117.0_x64__8wekyb3d8bbwe” and press Enter. First, replace Microsoft. Your Phone path with the correct path for your PC, depending on the application version. After executing the command, press Y to confirm the deletion.
- If the command is successful, the folder (and all the files it contains) should be deleted. If the command gives an error, make sure Your Phone is no longer running, then use the -Force tag at the end of the command to force Windows to delete all files in Your Phone.
Frequently Asked Questions
To prevent Android apps from running in the background, you can simply force them to stop. This can be done directly in the "Running Services" menu in the Developer Preferences or directly in the "Battery Usage" submenu. Under "Battery Usage" you can also select the apps you want to stop, and then click "Force Stop".
If an app is running but not in focus on the screen, it is considered to be running in the background. It shows you which apps are running, and you can remove unnecessary apps. If you do, the app will close.
Go to Settings -> Developer Options -> Processes (or Settings -> System -> Developer Options -> Running Services). There you can see which processes are running, the memory used and available, and which applications are using it.
In Settings, tap Connections, then Data usage. Under Mobile connectivity, click Mobile data usage. Select an app in the usage table. Tap the Allow background data usage to turn it off.