How to Enable or Disable Apps for Websites on Windows 11?

In Windows 11/10 OS, we have a built-in Apps for websites feature to let websites or links open in an app instead of a browser using web-to-app linking. That means if a link can be opened with, say, Microsoft To-do or Microsoft Teams, etc., then that particular app is launched directly (if installed on your system), or you’re prompted to open that link in an app instead of opening it in a browser.

The feature can be helpful sometimes as an app could have a better and richer experience with added benefits than a browser. Therefore, Windows set the Apps for websites feature turned on automatically. If you want to enable or disable the Apps for websites feature, this risewindows post will help you do that. You can use the Settings app, Group Policy Editor, and Registry Editor options. 

How do you Turn On or Off Apps for Websites on Windows 11 Settings?

This method is helpful if you want to change the setting for a specific app.

To enable or disable Apps for Websites using the Settings app, perform these steps:-

Step 1. Firstly, open Windows 11 Settings.

For that, right-click on the Start button and select Settings in the pop-up menu. Alternatively, you can use Windows + I hotkey to open it.

Step 2. Select Apps in the left pane.

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Step 3. Then, click on the Apps for websites option on the right pane.

Step 4. After that, you can see apps and associated website links. Turn On or Off the toggle switch beside an app to enable or disable the feature.

How to Enable or Disable Apps for Websites in Windows 11 or 10 through Local Group Policy Editor?

To turn On or Off Apps for websites using Local Group Policy Editor, use these steps:-

Step 1. Firstly, launch Local Group Policy Editor on your PC.

Step 2. Now, navigate to the following path in the left sidebar:-

Computer Configuration > Administrative Templates > System > Group Policy

Step 3. Then, on the opposite side of the “Group Policy” folder, double-click on the setting “Configure web-to-app linking with app URI handlers.”

Step 4. After that, select the Disabled option if you want to turn off this feature. Disabling this policy disables web-to-app linking, and http(s) URIs will be opened in the default browser instead of launching the associated app.

Quick Note: You can select the Not Configured option to apply the default behavior of Windows. And if you choose the Enabled option, it will turn on web-to-app linking so that apps can be launched with an http(s) URL.

Step 5. Next, click the Apply button.

Step 6. Now, click the OK button.

Step 7. Lastly, reboot your PC to apply the changes.

Following the above steps, .your Windows 11 or 10 machine can be configured to turn On or Off Apps for websites.

How to Use Registry Editor to Turn On or Off Apps for Websites in Windows 11 or 10?

The following steps describe how to turn on or off apps for websites in Windows 11/10 through the Registry Editor:-

Step 1. First, open Registry Editor.

Step 2. Now, browse to the following path/key in the left sidebar of Registry Editor:-

HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\Policies\Microsoft\Windows\System

Quick Tips: Copy and paste the above path in the Registry Editor address bar to directly jump to the above-mentioned specific path and then hit Enter key on the keyboard.

Step 3. Then, right-click on the System key and select New > DWORD (32-bit) Value.

Step 4. After that, name the newly created REG_DWORD to EnableAppUriHandlers.

Step 5. Here, double-click on the EnableAppUriHandlers REG_DWORD and set its “Value data” to the following:-

  • 0 = To disable Apps for websites.
  • 1 = To enable Apps for websites.

Step 6. Then, click the OK button.

Step 7. Finally, restart your computer to apply the changes.

Using the steps mentioned above, you can enable or disable the Apps for websites feature on your Windows 11 or 10 machine.

That’s it for the article.

I hope this post will be informative to you.

Good luck & keep growing, guys.

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