Microsoft rolls out a new update for their Windows 10 operating system every now and then. If you feel that your Windows 10 operating system is sluggish, lacking some features, or not optimized to the point, then you should definitely check for updates, download and install it whenever possible. We always turn off the services and close down the apps that we don’t want, that’s because we don’t want any unwanted programs to consume CPU and memory usage. While inspecting your Task Manager, have you seen YourPhone.exe running in the background? I know you don’t use it but it is contributing to the CPU and memory usage which is unacceptable.
By the end of this article, you get to learn everything about YourPhone.exe. Is it safe to have it on your Windows 10 PC? And more. So, make sure to read the article till the end that we have managed to provide you.
What is YourPhone.exe in Window 10?
You will get to see YourPhone.exe in the new Windows 10 update, but it does lack in the older Windows 10 versions. YourPhone.exe is a built-in app that comes with new Windows 10 1903 versions and later. This program will help you to0 connect your Android device to get connected to your Windows 10 PC, and this is also applicable for iOS users. When you receive a notification on your smartphone, it will directly visible on your Windows 10 PC. When you disconnect your phone from your PC, it keeps running in the background unknowingly even if you have not connected your smartphone to the PC.
So basically, it just synchronizes with your Android or iOS phones with Windows 10 operating system. Furthermore, you can also share data such as photos, messages, files, etc until and unless you are using the same Microsoft account on phones and Windows 10 operating system.
Furthermore, those who have Android 7 and above can only use this feature. On the other side, iOS and iPadOS users can only use the browser link sharing feature only when they have installed Microsoft Edge on the device.
Is YouPhone.exe is Safe to have on PC? Or is it a virus?
No, YourPhone.exe is not a virus and it is built by a trusted and well-known service known as “Microsoft”. It is completely safe and legit to have on your co computer without any issues. However, there are malware and virus that can be named themselves as YourPhone.exe which can easily swoop into your PC if you don’t have an anti-virus program available on your system.
Just in case to clear your doubt, here’ how to identify if YourPhone.exe is a virus or not.
Step 1: Do a right-click on the start menu and select Task Manager, or press the Ctrl + Shift +Esc shortcut key to open it.
Step 2: Select the Details tab located o the upper tab menu.
Step 3: Search YourPhone.exe, do a right-click on it and select Open File Location.
Step 4: If it takes you to the C:\Program Files\WindowsApps\ folder then assume that it is not a virus or malware.
A genuine YourPhone.exe consist of a 19 KB file size and is always located at C:\Program Files\WindowsApps\ folder. Else, it is a virus or malware so you should consider scanning your system.
How to Disable YourPhone.exe on Windows 10?
If you are one of them who don’t prefer to use YourPhone.exe, then you should consider disabling it or stop its process. Because it will keep on continue to run in the background for years and years unknowingly, consuming CPU and memory usage including the other application that you don’t use at all.
By disabling YourPhone.exe, your system can able to breadth more by having that little performance. Follow the steps mentioned below to stop the process.
Step 1: Visit the start menu and open Settings or press Windows + I to open it.
Step 2: Click on Privacy, in the settings window.
Step 3: From the left navigation tab, scroll down and select Background Apps.
Step 4: You will get to see the apps on the right pane, under “Select which apps can run in the background”, search your phone app.
Step 5: Disable it or toggle off the setting.
Now, just close all the windows and perform a computer restart in order to apply the changes that have been made on the system earlier.
When your system boots up normally, open the Task Manager and search for YourPhone.exe under the Processes tab located on the upper menu tab. YourPhone.exe still continues to run in the background even we closed it from the background apps. That’s what Windows 10 users have noticed. Let’s how we can be able to remove it from Windows 10 OS.
How to Remove YourPhone.exe from Windows 10 PC?
Here, we will remove YourPhone.exe from Windows 10 PC, using Windows PowerShell (Admin). Here’s how to do that:
Step 1: Do a right-click on the start menu, and select Windows PowerShell (Admin). (Depending upon the Window 10 version, in case you don’t find Windows PowerShell the search it in the search bar)
Step 2: In the PowerShell window, type the following command line below and press Enter.
Get-AppxPackageMicrosoft.YourPhone -AllUsers | Remove-AppxPackage
Step 3: Wait for a minute, let the process finish.
But Windows PowerShell fails to notify whether the process is successful or not. So we will make sure from our end to remove the entire installation files of YourPhone.exe.
- In Windows File Explorer, visit C:\Program Files\WindowsApps\.
- In C:\Program Files\WindowsApps\ folder search for the folder that begins with Microsoft.YourPhone (for eg. Microsoft.YourPhone_1.20081.117.0_x64__8wekyb3d8bbwe). The folder name would be diffrent according to the Windows version that youa re using, there are couple of same folder name but you have to find with your system articheture mentione in the end of the folder like eg.(x64) as shown in the image below.
- Just select the folder and press Delete button, this will delete all the files related to YourPhone.exe file.
- A window will pop asking for the permission (Folder Access Denied) to delete the folder, click on Continue.
Alternate way to Remove YourPhone.exe from Windows 10 PC
This is the alternate way to delete YourPhone.exe from the system. Here, we will again use Windows PowerShell (Admin), but we need to know the folder name of that consists installation files on YourPhone.exe. Here’s how to do that:
- Do a right click on start menu, and open Windows PowerShell (Admin) or search it in the Windows search bar.
- In the PowerShell window type
e Remove-Item -path “C:\Program Files\WindowsApps\Microsoft.YourPhone_1.20081.117.0_x64__8wekyb3d8bbwe”and press Enter.
- Here, you need to replace the Microsoft. YourPhone with the path which is applicable on your PC.
- Press Y to confirm the deletion process.
Visit the same path to know whether the YourPhone.exe is deleted. Also, check if the file is running using Task Manager. If it’s still running then assume that you have not closed it from the background app, close it from there, and follow the same steps again.
What if I want YourPhone.exe back on my Windows 10 PC?
Suppose you have deleted the YourPhone.exe file and want it back again on your computer, then follow the method mentioned below.
How to Reinstall YourPhone app on Windows 10?
To re-install YourPhone.exe on your system, users need to do the following:
Step 1: Visit the start menu, and type Store in the search bar.
Step 2: Left-click on the results and open the Microsoft Store window.
Step 3: Just hit the Get button in order to download and install Your Phone application on your computer.
Once done, just the app to sync your smartphone with your Windows 10 PC and you are good to go. You can also download and install the app by visiting Microsoft’s official website.
How to Reset YourPhone.exe in Windows 10?
To reset YourPhone.exe in your Windows 10 PC, users need to do the following:
Step 1: Visit the Start menu and open Settings.
Step 2: Go to the Apps option in the Settings window.
Step 3: It will take you to the Apps & features settings page, on the right side of the screen, scroll down and search Your Phone app.
Step 5: You cannot Uninstall the app by selecting it, just click on Advanced options.
Step 6: Scroll down and visit the Reset section, in the next window.
Step 7: A window will pop up, just press the Reset button to confirm the process.
Now restart your computer to apply the changes. Once done, you can able to see that YourPhone.exe is back again running in the Task Manager.
Now that you know everything about YourPhone.exe you can use it whenever you want. It app actually saves time, you can just see the notification on your computer screen without touching your phone.
Your Phone is not at all a harmful app and does not cause any problem, but when you see it consuming CPU and memory usage then you should remove it. Install it back using the same steps mentioned above.
That’s it for now, hope this helps! If you have queries, you can mention them in the comment section below.