How to remove your phone from Windows 10 (unlink phone)
Did you link your Android smartphone or your iPhone with your Windows 10 PC? You don't find the Your Phone app from Windows 10 useful? Maybe it crashes a lot, and you want to remove your phone and disconnect it from your computer? It doesn't matter what phone you use (Android or iPhone), the process for disconnecting it from Windows 10 is the same. Here's how it works:
How to access the settings for unlinking your phone from Windows 10 and your Microsoft account
The Your Phone window opens, where you see all the phones linked to Windows 10. They can be both Android smartphones and iPhones, depending on what you have. Here, you can make a choice:
- Pick the phone that you want to unlink, and disconnect it on a particular Microsoft web page, from all the Windows 10 computers associated with your Microsoft account. For this option to work, you need internet access.
- Unlink your phone from this specific Windows 10 PC. Other links between the same phone and other Windows 10 PCs and devices remain untouched.
We created a separate section in this tutorial for each situation, so read the one that interests you. :)
How to unlink your phone from all your Windows 10 devices
In the Your Phone window, click or tap the link that says: "Manage all devices linked with your Microsoft account." Your default web browser opens the devices page for your Microsoft account. Sign in with the Microsoft account that you use on your PC. This page lists all the devices that you have set up with your Microsoft account. Identify the device that you want to unlink from your Microsoft account and all your Windows 10 computers.
Click or tap the three dots on the top-right corner of your phone's name. In the menu that opens, choose "Unlink this phone."
A window pops up, asking you to confirm your choice by checking the box "Unlink this mobile phone" and clicking Remove.
You get a confirmation message saying that the phone is unlinked. Click or tap OK.
The phone is now unlinked from all your Windows 10 PCs, where you use the same Microsoft account, not just the one from which you started this procedure. When you return to the Your Phone window, it no longer shows the phone that you have disconnected. Please note that it may take a couple of minutes until this information reaches your Windows 10 PC.
How to remove your phone from this Windows 10 PC
The other route you can take is to unlink your PC from your phone and leave the phone connected to your Microsoft account. To do that, in the Your Phone window, click or tap on the link that says "Unlink this PC." One advantage of this approach is that you do not need an internet connection to use it.
The action is immediate, and all the phones shown by Your Phone are unlinked from this specific Windows 10 PC.
You are done, and no Android phone or iPhone can connect to your Windows 10 PC.
NOTE: If you later want to reconnect your smartphone with your PC, read this tutorial: How to link your Windows 10 PC with your Android smartphone (or tablet).
Uninstall Your Phone Companion from your Android phone or Microsoft Edge from your iPhone
Suppose you want to completely remove the Your Phone integration between Windows 10 and your Android smartphone. In that case, it is a good idea to use the first method from this guide, and then uninstall the Your Phone Companion app from your Android device. If you need help with that, here are 4 ways to uninstall apps on Android.
If you're using an iPhone that was linked to Windows 10, uninstall the Microsoft Edge app on your iPhone, that was used for the connection between the two platforms. Here are 3 ways to delete (uninstall) apps on your iPhone or iPad.
Why do you want to disconnect your phone from Windows 10?
The feature provided by Microsoft to link your Windows 10 PC with your phone or tablet is not perfect. It works if all you want is to manage the photos and documents from your Android smartphone on your Windows 10 PC, as shown in this article. Before closing, we would like to know why you chose to unlink your phone from Windows 10 and whether removing the link worked well for you. Comment below and let's discuss it.