Reset an app on Windows 10

How to properly reset an app on Windows 10

Here are the instructions to easily reset any app you installed from the Microsoft Store using the Settings app to delete its data and start over.

On Windows 10, you can use the Settings app to quickly reset and repair an app. You may want to use this option when you’re dealing with a problem with an app that came pre-installed with the OS (such as Mail and Microsoft Edge), as well as to fix problems with apps that you acquired from the Microsoft Store.

In this guide, you’ll learn the steps to properly reset a Microsoft Store app when it’s not working correctly, and you need to delete its data and start over on Windows 10.

How to reset apps on Windows 10 using Settings

Use these steps to reset an app to fix problems on Windows 10:

  1. Open Settings.

  2. Click on System.

  3. Click on Apps & features.

  4. Select the app that you want to repair.

  5. Click the Advanced options option.

    Windows 10 Apps & features settings
    Windows 10 Apps & features settings
  6. Click the Reset button.

    Reset app on Windows 10
    Reset app on Windows 10
  7. Click the Reset button again.

In addition to resetting an app, note that from the Advanced options, you can also control app add-ons and other downloadable content for that specific app.

The reset feature in the Settings app is a useful option, which can come in handy in many situations, including those time when the Mail app stops syncing, or you have problems with other built-in apps like People, Camera, Alarms, Calculator, and other apps. If you’re having problems with the Settings app, you can use these instructions to reset the app.

About the author

Mauro Huculak is a Windows How-To Expert who started Pureinfotech in 2010 as an independent online publication. He has also been a Windows Central contributor for nearly a decade. Mauro has over 14 years of experience writing comprehensive guides and creating professional videos about Windows and software, including Android and Linux. Before becoming a technology writer, he was an IT administrator for seven years. In total, Mauro has over 20 years of combined experience in technology. Throughout his career, he achieved different professional certifications from Microsoft (MSCA), Cisco (CCNP), VMware (VCP), and CompTIA (A+ and Network+), and he has been recognized as a Microsoft MVP for many years. You can follow him on X (Twitter), YouTube, LinkedIn and Email him at [email protected].