Microsoft demands your mobile number when setting up Windows 10 Build 17063

Windows 10 Build 17063 asks, nay, demands that you give your mobile phone number to Microsoft during the set up process. If you refuse to give the number to the gang in Redmond, you will not be allowed to finish installing the new build on your PC. The screen that demands your number says "Link your Phone and PC. Windows loves all your devices-get essential apps that help you work better across your devices."

There is no "Skip" button, and when you enter your mobile number an SMS message is sent to your smartphone that links the two devices. This allows you to use features like "Continue on PC" which is an app that allows you to start looking over a website on your phone and finish it on your PC screen.

Earlier versions allowed Windows 10 users to skip this action if the user so desired. As it turns out, invisible buttons is a known issue with this build. This means that there could be a skip button that users just can't see. But for the moment, we have no idea if this is actually the case. So assuming that Microsoft just wants to obtain your phone number so that it can promote its apps for your Android phone, remember that this is strictly an insider build. And that means that if enough complaints are made, the company could decide to return the button. That is, if they did remove it after all.

source: (translated) via MSPoweruser



1. MKeditor

Posts: 97; Member since: Dec 10, 2010

Screw that. I'm not giving them my number. What if it's a company computer? They can't possibly ask for a unique mobile number for every workstation. Microsoft jumped the shark a long time ago. If only we had a proper Android desktop OS.

2. bucky

Posts: 3795; Member since: Sep 30, 2009

Lol worrying about privacy then asking for help from google.... I ran into this issue recently because I had an old mobile number. I had to wait 24 days to change my phone number just so I could buy forza horizon when it was on sale.....

3. RebelwithoutaClue unregistered

Pretty sure it can be turned off using a policy when setting up a Windows workstation.

5. Subie

Posts: 2430; Member since: Aug 01, 2015

"remember that this is strictly an insider build" This line would suggest that there's nothing to worry about yet.

6. gdawilson

Posts: 299; Member since: Jul 21, 2014

Chrome OS?

22. amasog

Posts: 552; Member since: Aug 22, 2013

What is chrome os ?

28. skalamanga

Posts: 7; Member since: Oct 05, 2017

26. Subie

Posts: 2430; Member since: Aug 01, 2015

Chrome OS is not the same as Android. Google needs unify the two for it to be a viable all around solution.

12. mclaren113

Posts: 57; Member since: Dec 12, 2017

So given your number to social networks apps is safer than Microsoft right?

29. Ahuacamolli

Posts: 1; Member since: Dec 31, 2017

I've installed Insider's Build 17063 on three different desktop computers, only one linked with an Android mobile phone, and didn't encounter the need to enter any mobile number. Which is a good thing for me as I abandoned the frustration of mobile phones about a year and a half ago (Big hands, tiny keyboards, and analog landline better fits my needs. I do remember temporarily encountering this problem several builds back. If I remember correctly it was because I was logged into a different Microsoft account than the one associated with my license for Windows 10. After connecting to the proper account I was able to install the update without encountering the problem again.

36. Glouba

Posts: 5; Member since: Mar 18, 2013

"Proper Android desktop OS" ? What's wrong with Linux, then ?

4. kylebelle

Posts: 74; Member since: May 03, 2016

I thought software could only get better with time but yet again Microsoft challenges the ideas and concepts i had of the tech industry.

7. ahmadkun

Posts: 670; Member since: May 02, 2016

If adobe supported Chrome OS or Linux imma leave windows and mac OS .. tired of both of them

33. rich_wicks

Posts: 2; Member since: Jan 02, 2018

What kind of functionality do you need? If you just need to read acrobat, it's called evince. Linux has LONG been a complete solution, for over a decade now. What people don't realize is that spending money gives them "peace of mind" and the right to yell at somebody through a phone line when things go wrong. - that's what you're actually paying for.

8. MrShazam

Posts: 987; Member since: Jun 22, 2017

Becoming an even worse privacy invading devil as days go by. Ever since stupidella took over, it's like microshaft is internally being run by scroogle...if this isn't optional like linking my PC to a skynet account, the fall creators update will be my last version of windows 10. Slowly but surely moving more and more of my workload to my 456GB Exynos Note 8 (with little to no scroogle services). Already using my Note 8 as the central hub for managing contents of my Dropbox account via FolderSync. Not even Windows (as far as I'm aware) has such a versatile file sync app which allows you to sync specific local directories to specific public cloud storage directories on nearly (if not literally) EVERY public cloud storage server.

9. joelismcn

Posts: 1; Member since: Dec 31, 2017

It's a bug, and it's mentioned in known issue section of its release notes. Even if you enter your phone number, you can't go further in oobe.

10. MayankParmar

Posts: 3; Member since: Dec 31, 2017

No, This is a known issue in Build 17063 where the 'SKIP' button may not display. Please ref: (Microsoft's response).

11. mclaren113

Posts: 57; Member since: Dec 12, 2017

Everybody is worry about giving their number to Microsoft and saying this is a bullsh*t from Microsoft and no privacy and bla bla, while they're trust and giving their number to Facebook twitter snapchat Instagram line imo and all the social networks!!

14. MrShazam

Posts: 987; Member since: Jun 22, 2017

What, you saying I'm nobody? I don't and never will put my phone number in any of the above social networks. Besides, it's not like those social networks are tied to EVERYTHING on my PC...

15. mclaren113

Posts: 57; Member since: Dec 12, 2017

You can't sign up for most of social networks without giving your phone number!!

16. MrShazam

Posts: 987; Member since: Jun 22, 2017

Really!? Guess that's a new stupid rule in place, 'cause when I was registering for Twitter/Facecrook, wasn't asked for such. But when I'm logged it, I do see BS notifications every now and then demanding my phone number for "security" reasons, which I just dismiss.

18. mclaren113

Posts: 57; Member since: Dec 12, 2017

WhatsApp, Line, imo, Tango, snapchat any many more demand your phone number!

19. RebelwithoutaClue unregistered

Those aren't really social networks, but messengers. That's like saying texting demands your phone number

20. mclaren113

Posts: 57; Member since: Dec 12, 2017

Same give your phone number to companies! And I don't see any problem with it!

21. cmdacos

Posts: 4334; Member since: Nov 01, 2016

And Apple and Google and....

34. rich_wicks

Posts: 2; Member since: Jan 02, 2018

Haha, they ASK for it, they don't REQUIRE it. You just stupidly gave your phone number to them. The only way you get my phone number is if there's a serious possibility we're going to end up sleeping together, or working together. Some dumb company doesn't need to know how to contact me.

13. DeDex

Posts: 121; Member since: Sep 01, 2014

There is a reasonable chance that the lack of a Skip button is a mistake and will be fixed on official builds, IMO. After all, there is still a slim possibility that a user has a PC but no phone number to provide. I doubt Microsoft is ignoring this possibility and is ready to take the risk of making some PCs unusable just because their owners cannot provide a phone number. Otherwise, they would be gigantic idiots.

17. HansP

Posts: 542; Member since: Oct 16, 2011

That might be okay in The US of A, Inc., but good luck trying that in Europe without getting EU commissioners all over you, throwing huge fines after you, Microsoft.

23. Ralph.

Posts: 249; Member since: Dec 20, 2017

EU is the best. You don't fk around with them.

24. pongkie

Posts: 663; Member since: Aug 20, 2011

FAKE NEWS!!! this is an insiders build. iPhonearena publishing a non phone related article just to bash MS.... SAD!!!

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