Deploy Intune Let Apps Activate With Voice Above Lock Policy

This article is written to take you through implementing the Intune Let Apps Activate With Voice Above Lock Policy. We’ll use Intune’s Settings Catalog to enforce this policy, emphasizing a practical, hands-on approach to make you understand the Let Apps Activate With Voice Above Lock Policy in action with Intune.

Let Apps Activate With Voice Above Lock Policy setting determines whether activation of Windows apps by voice is allowed when the system is in a locked state. Voice command is a feature with the help of which one can open applications by giving voice commands.

Opting for the “User is in control” choice empowers employees within your organization to determine whether users can engage with applications through speech when the system is locked using the Settings > Privacy menu on the device.

Selecting the “Force Allow” option allows users to interact with applications using speech even when the system is locked and employees within your organization cannot modify this setting. Opting for the “Force Deny” option restricts users from interacting with applications using speech when the system is locked, and employees within your organization are unable to alter this setting.

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Deploy Intune Let Apps Activate With Voice Above Lock Policy Fig.1

Let Apps Activate With Voice Above Lock Policy

To create a Let Apps Activate With Voice Above Lock Policy, follow the steps stated below:

  • Sign in to the Intune Admin Center portal https://intune.microsoft.com/.
  • Select Devices > Windows > Configuration profiles > Create a profile.

In Create Profile, I select Windows 10 and later in Platform, I choose the Profile Type as Settings catalog. Click on the Create button.

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Deploy Intune Let Apps Activate With Voice Above Lock Policy Fig.2

On the Basics tab pane, I provide a name for the policy as “Let Apps Activate With Voice Above Lock Policy.”

  • Optionally, if you want, you can enter a policy description and proceed by selecting “Next“.
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Deploy Intune Let Apps Activate With Voice Above Lock Policy Fig.3

Now, in Configuration Settings, Click Add Settings to browse or search the catalog for the settings I want to configure.

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Deploy Intune Let Apps Activate With Voice Above Lock Policy Fig.4

In the Settings Picker windows. I searched for the keyword Voice. I found the category Privacy and selected this.

  • I see the sub-category Let Apps Activate With Voice Above Lock. After selecting that, click the cross mark at the right-hand corner, as shown below.
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Deploy Intune Let Apps Activate With Voice Above Lock Policy Fig.5

Here in Privacy, we have three different options for Let Apps Activate With Voice Above Lock Policy as discussed above. These are:

  • Users in control. Users can decide if Windows apps can be activated by voice while the screen is locked using Settings > Privacy options on the device.
  • Force allow. Windows apps can be activated by voice while the screen is locked, and users cannot change it.
  • Force deny. Windows apps cannot be activated by voice while the screen is locked, and user cannot change it.

I have set the Let Apps Activate With Voice Above Lock Policy to Force Deny, as shown in the image below.

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Deploy Intune Let Apps Activate With Voice Above Lock Policy Fig.6

Using Scope tags, you can assign a tag to filter the profile to specific IT groups. One can add scope tags (if required). More details on Intune Scope Tags Implementation Guide.

  • Click Next to continue.

Now in Assignments, in Included Groups, you need to click on Add Groups and choose Select Groups to include one or more groups. Click Next to continue.

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Deploy Intune Let Apps Activate With Voice Above Lock Policy Fig.7

In the Review + Create tab, I review settings. After clicking on Create, changes are saved, and the profile is assigned.

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Deploy Intune Let Apps Activate With Voice Above Lock Policy Fig.8

After successfully creating the “Let Apps Activate With Voice Above Lock Policy,” a notification will appear in the top right-hand corner confirming the action. You can also verify the policy’s existence by navigating to the Configuration Profiles list, where it will be prominently displayed.

Your groups will receive your profile settings when the devices check in with the Intune service. The Policy applies to the device.

Intune Report for Let Apps Activate With Voice Above Lock Policy

From the Intune Portal, you can view the Intune settings catalog profile report, which provides an overview of device configuration policies and deployment status.

To track the assignment of the policy, you need to select the relevant policy from the Configuration Profiles list, which is the Let Apps Activate With Voice Above Lock Policy. Then, you can review the device and user check-in status to determine whether the policy has been successfully applied.

  • If you require more detailed information, you can click on “View Report” to access additional insights.
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Deploy Intune Let Apps Activate With Voice Above Lock Policy Fig.9

Registry Key Verification – Let Apps Activate With Voice Above Lock Policy

Now we will verify whether the policy was successfully deployed or not by accessing the registry settings that will hold the group policy configurations on a specific computer. To accomplish this, you can execute “REGEDIT.exe” on the target computer and navigate to the precise registry path mentioned below, where these settings are stored.

Computer\HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\Microsoft\PolicyManager\providers\5B88AEF1-09E8-43BB-B144-7254ACBBDF3E\default\Device\Privacy

When you navigate the above path in the Registry Editor, you will find the registry key named LetAppsActivateWithVoiceAboveLock. Also, when I navigated to the above path, I saw that the Registry Key was created successfully.

Registry NameValue
LetAppsActivateWithVoiceAboveLock3
Table 2 – Deploy Intune Let Apps Activate With Voice Above Lock Policy
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Windows CSP Details LetAppsActivateWithVoiceAboveLock

We will see Windows CSP Details for this Policy setting LetAppsActivateWithVoiceAboveLock. This policy applies to both Windows apps and Cortana, superseding the “Allow Cortana above lock” policy. Its relevance comes into play only when the “Allow voice activation” policy is set to permit applications to be activated through voice commands.

CSP URI – ./Device/Vendor/MSFT/Policy/Config/Privacy/LetAppsActivateWithVoiceAboveLock

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Deploy Intune Let Apps Activate With Voice Above Lock Policy Fig.11

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Author

Abhinav Rana is working as an SCCM and Intune Admin with several years of experience. He loves to help the community by sharing his knowledge. He is a B.Tech graduate in Information Technology.

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