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What Is Yourphone.exe On Windows 10? Is It Harmful?

If you are a Windows 10 users, you must have seen the yourphone.exe file on your PC. Many users ask the question is yourphone.exe safe? Is yourphone.exe a virus? In this article, we shall tell you about

In Windows 10, Microsoft has introduced a new feature known as “Your Phone.” It’s been a long time; users have been demanding the feature that keeps your smartphone and windows system in sync. And what’s more alluring than an instant notification feature that pushes the notification from the smart devices to your windows system immediately?

Here we are talking about Microsoft’s own “Your Phone” application that allows you to share the latest pictures without emailing, make phone calls directly from your PC without taking out your phone from your pocket. 

As you start using this application, you will notice a few background processes and services running in the background for smooth operation. Once you complete the setup, this application keeps running in the background to send notifications from your phone to desktop. If you are using Microsoft apps, you can continue from where you left on the phone. This is possible only if the same Microsoft account is linked to both the devices, i.e., your phone and your computer.

Your Phone app usually spans the below processes in the background,

  • Runtime Broker
  • YourPhoneServer.exe
  • YourPhone.exe

Sometimes this application consumes limited hardware resources even if you are not using it, and if you are not using it, then you should be looking at a solution to close it permanently.

Is yourphone.exe a virus?

YourPhone.exe process is not a virus; instead, this is an essential process running in the background to keep your smartphone and PC in sync. In the official forum of Microsoft, it is clearly mentioned that YourPhone doesn’t contain any malicious code and not a virus. 

Can I disable YourPhone.exe from running in the background?

The easier and straightforward way to disable YourPhone app is to stop it from running in the background.

  • Open the Settings app and navigate to the Privacy section.
  • Navigate to the Background apps section and find the “Your Phone” app.
  • Toggle the button to turn off the Your Phone app in background mode.

Can I remove the YourPhone app from Windows 10?

Yes, you can remove the YourPhone app from your Windows 10 operating system. Please follow the below steps to remove it using the PowerShell,

  • Right-click on the start button and then select “Windows PowerShell(Administrator)” to open PowerShell.
  • Copy the below piece of code to remove YourPhone app from your system for all the users,
Get-AppxPackage Microsoft.YourPhone -AllUsers | Remove-AppxPackage

Conclusion

YourPhone.exe is not a virus for sure. Instead, it is a part of the Your Phone app which comes preinstalled in Windows 10. Based on the usage, this application might not be required for all the users. For instance, if you do not feel the requirement, the app can be removed from your system by following steps as mentioned above. You can remove this app easily from the “Add or remove Programs” section as well.

About 

Harsit Mohapatra is a full-time Software Engineer passionate and hungry for tech updates and knowledge. Besides being a crazy software developer, he is an avid traveller and loves capturing the things that give him a perception through his lenses

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