Let Windows apps access contacts

This policy setting specifies whether Windows apps can access contacts.

You can specify either a default setting for all apps or a per-app setting by specifying a Package Family Name. You can get the Package Family Name for an app by using the Get-AppPackage Windows PowerShell cmdlet. A per-app setting overrides the default setting.

If you choose the "User is in control" option, employees in your organization can decide whether Windows apps can access contacts by using Settings > Privacy on the device.

If you choose the "Force Allow" option, Windows apps are allowed to access contacts and employees in your organization cannot change it.

If you choose the "Force Deny" option, Windows apps are not allowed to access contacts and employees in your organization cannot change it.

If you disable or do not configure this policy setting, employees in your organization can decide whether Windows apps can access contacts by using Settings > Privacy on the device.

If an app is open when this Group Policy object is applied on a device, employees must restart the app or device for the policy changes to be applied to the app.

Supported on: At least Windows 10 Server, Windows 10 or Windows 10 RT
Default for all apps:


  1. User is in control
    Registry HiveHKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE
    Registry PathSoftware\Policies\Microsoft\Windows\AppPrivacy
    Value NameLetAppsAccessContacts
    Value TypeREG_DWORD
    Value0
  2. Force Allow
    Registry HiveHKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE
    Registry PathSoftware\Policies\Microsoft\Windows\AppPrivacy
    Value NameLetAppsAccessContacts
    Value TypeREG_DWORD
    Value1
  3. Force Deny
    Registry HiveHKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE
    Registry PathSoftware\Policies\Microsoft\Windows\AppPrivacy
    Value NameLetAppsAccessContacts
    Value TypeREG_DWORD
    Value2

Put user in control of these specific apps (use Package Family Names):



Registry HiveHKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE
Registry PathSoftware\Policies\Microsoft\Windows\AppPrivacy
Value NameLetAppsAccessContacts_UserInControlOfTheseApps
Value TypeREG_MULTI_SZ
Default Value

Force allow these specific apps (use Package Family Names):



Registry HiveHKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE
Registry PathSoftware\Policies\Microsoft\Windows\AppPrivacy
Value NameLetAppsAccessContacts_ForceAllowTheseApps
Value TypeREG_MULTI_SZ
Default Value

Force deny these specific apps (use Package Family Names):



Registry HiveHKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE
Registry PathSoftware\Policies\Microsoft\Windows\AppPrivacy
Value NameLetAppsAccessContacts_ForceDenyTheseApps
Value TypeREG_MULTI_SZ
Default Value

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