How to Give Apps Access to Trusted Devices in Windows 10

Ben Stegner 02-08-2016

Windows 10 includes privacy features for Modern apps (some of which are neglected but useful 12 Neglected Windows 10 Apps & Why You Must Try Them You might be unaware of many default apps in Windows 10 or you underestimated their usefulness. We have compiled a dozen apps that can transform the way you work and we'll show you how. Read More ) similar to how Android and iOS allow you to choose what sensitive parts of your device an app can access.


However, there’s also a feature to let apps access your “trusted devices”, which includes any hardware you connect to your device. Here’s how to set this up for your convenience.

Open the Settings apps by clicking the Start button and choose Settings or using the keyboard shortcut Windows Key + I. Choose Privacy and then select the Other Devices tab on the left. Scroll down to the bottom of this page and you’ll see the Use trusted devices header.

Here, Windows will show you all the devices eligible for this sync. For me, it only included an SD card I have in my PC, but you might find your smartphone, tablet, Xbox One, external drives, or projectors here.

Below, you’ll find the apps on your system that want access to your Trusted Devices. Maybe Movies & TV wants access to your Projector, or maybe the Xbox app wants access to your Xbox One (a great choice if you’re gaming on both Xbox One and Windows 10 Here's How Gaming Will Work With Windows 10 With Windows 10, Microsoft is bringing PC gaming and the Xbox One together in a big way. Find out what to expect once Windows 10 arrives. Read More ). If you see anything you don’t want running here, you can disable its access via the sliders.

If you’ve removed the bloatware apps that come with Windows 10 How to Easily Remove Bloatware From Windows 10 Windows 10 comes with its own set of pre-installed apps. Let's look at the methods you can use to remove the bloatware on your PC and debloat Windows 10. Read More or don’t use many Store apps, you might not find much use in this menu. Still, it’s worth a visit to see which apps are accessing external devices and make sure everything is locked down as you like it.


Which Trusted Devices are running on your system? Let us know if you found this menu useful in the comments!

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