What is Yourphone.exe and how to stop Yourphone.exe

What is Yourphone.exe?

Your Phone Companion - Google Play Store
Your Phone Companion – Google Play Store
Your Phone - Microsoft Store
Your Phone – Microsoft Store

With the Your Phone application you can synchronize your iOS or Android phone with your Windows 10 device.

The application is installed as standard after a certain version build. Unfortunately, I have not been able to find out which one.

The application therefore automatically starts up and takes up resources.

If you search in Start for Yourphone.exe you can open the application.

Before you can pair your phone you also need an application on your phone. The images link to the stores.

So should I remove Yourphone.exe?

Do you have an iOS or Android device?
No? then you can remove Yourphone.exe.

Do you want to synchronize your phone with your Windows 10 device?
No? Then you can delete Yourphone.exe.

Did you say yes twice?
Then you don’t need to remove the application.

If you go to Start in Windows 10 and search on Yourphone.exe you can follow the steps in the application.

Well, then let’s remove Yourphone.exe.

it is not that difficult, but you have to follow the steps carefully. Under the steps I explain what PowerShell exactly is.

Go to Start and look for PowerShell.

Open the application and copy / paste the following command in PowerShell.

Get-AppxPackage Microsoft.YourPhone -AllUsers | Remove-AppxPackage

Press Enter.

With this command the application is completely removed for everyone.

Eh, PowerShell? What is PowerShell?

From Microsoft:

PowerShell is a task-based command-line shell and scripting language built on .NET. PowerShell helps system administrators and power-users rapidly automate tasks that manage operating systems (Linux, macOS, and Windows) and processes.

PowerShell commands let you manage computers from the command line. PowerShell providers let you access data stores, such as the registry and certificate store, as easily as you access the file system. PowerShell includes a rich expression parser and a fully developed scripting language.

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Bas Wijdenes

My name is Bas Wijdenes and I work as a PowerShell Automation Engineer @ Wortell.

3 thoughts on “What is Yourphone.exe and how to stop Yourphone.exe”

  1. April 12th,2019 – Bonjour Bas, I’m writing from the Province of Québec in Canada. Thanks for your topic on the “YourPhone” app. I noted yourphone.exe activity in the task manager. Since I don’t have a smart phone and don’t need that, I want to uninstall the “YourPhone” app. In Settings>apps>apps and functions, “YourPhone” is there but the uninstall button is not active, it doesn’t work. I did your steps with Power Shell to remove the YourPhone files. The access was refused, even if I have the administrator account on the computer and I’m logged in with it. On the properties>security tab of yourphone.exe, the accounts that have the total control are : “System” and “Trusted installer”, but I’m there only as an ordinary user, not as Administrator. The “Administrators” account is not there. There are 2 accounts with the name “Unknown account”, that I don’t know what they are. So the access and the right to delete the YourPhone app is absent for me. What can I do to remove it ?

    1. Right-click on the Windows Powershell shortcut and select “Run as administrator”, then click “Yes” to the UAC pop-up, and use the command as normal.

      The reason why you need to do this is because an Administrator account by default is little more than a normal user, being shielded with an additional protection to higher-level privileges; for good reason, for example: unwanted malware gets triggered inadvertently, when it tries to go after system protected objects it would then trigger the UAC pop-up giving one last chance for the user to stop it from doing (further) damage or intervening on critical system mechanisms.

      In this particular case, you only need to run Powershell using the “Run as an administrator” privilege because of one argument in that command, and that is “-AllUsers”, in fact you don’t really need to use that argument if you just care to remove the Your Phone app from your user account and don’t care for secondary accounts. By including the argument “-AllUsers” you imply that Your Phone should be removed system-wide, meaning current user, existing and new alike – thus the need to use a higher privilege.

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