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How to uninstall apps on Windows 11

Here are the different ways to uninstall an app on Windows 11, including using commands.

Uninstall app on Windows 11

You can uninstall an app on Windows 11 in several ways when you no longer need it, and in this guide, we’ll show you how. Although it may not often happen, sometimes, you may need to remove an application from your computer. For example, when you no longer need it or it came pre-installed on your Windows 11 laptop and want to debloat the system. You are trying to free up some space, repair the app by reinstalling, etc.

Whatever the reason it might be, Windows 11 includes many ways to uninstall applications regardless of the type or source using the Settings app, Start menu, Control Panel, and even with command using Command Prompt or PowerShell.

In this guide, you will learn several ways to uninstall an application on Windows 11.

Uninstall an app on Windows 11 via Start

To uninstall an app on Windows 11 quickly, use these steps:

  1. Open Start.

  2. Click the All apps button in the top-right corner.

  3. Right-click the app and select the Uninstall button.

    Start menu uninstall app

  4. Click the Uninstall button again.

  5. Continue with the on-screen directions (if applicable).

Once you complete the steps, the application will be removed from the computer. You can also right-click an app from the “Pinned” section, and select the “Uninstall” option to remove it.

Uninstall an app on Windows 11 via Search

To remove an app from Windows Search, use these steps:

  1. Click the Taskbar’s Search button.

    Quick tip: You can also use the Windows key + S keyboard to open Windows Search.
  2. Search for the application.

  3. Right-click the app and select the Uninstall button.

    Uninstall app from Windows Search

  4. Click the Uninstall button again.

  5. Continue with the on-screen directions (if applicable).

After you complete the steps, the program will be removed from your computer.

Uninstall an app on Windows 11 via Settings

To remove a Windows 11 app through the Settings app, use these steps:

  1. Open Settings.

  2. Click on Apps.

  3. Click the Apps & features page from the right side.

  4. Under the “Apps list” section, select the app to remove.

  5. Click the menu (three-dotted) button on the right side and choose the Uninstall button.

    Windows 11 Settings uninstall apps

  6. Click the Uninstall button again.

  7. Continue with the on-screen directions (if applicable).

Once you complete the steps, the app will no longer be available on Windows 11.

Uninstall an app on Windows 11 via Optional Features

You can also remove built-in apps on Windows 11 known as “optional features” or “features on-demands,” some of which include apps like Notepad, Paint, WordPad, Windows Media Player, and many others.

To remove optional features apps on Windows 11, use these steps:

  1. Open Settings.

  2. Click on Apps.

  3. Click the Optional features page from the right side.

  4. Under the “Installed features” section, select the app to remove.

  5. Click the Uninstall button.

    Windows 11 uninstall optional apps

After you complete the steps, the app will no longer be available on Windows 11.

Uninstall an app on Windows 11 via Control Panel

To uninstall a traditional desktop program on Windows 11, use these steps:

  1. Open Control Panel.

  2. Under the “Programs” section, click the Uninstall a program option.

    Uninstall a program

  3. Select the application and click the Uninstall button to remove it from Windows 11.

    Control Panel uninstall app

  4. Continue with the on-screen directions (if applicable).

Once you complete the steps, the application will be uninstalled. However, using this method, you can only remove win32 apps. You can’t uninstall modern apps from the Microsoft Store. Also, in future releases of Windows 11, Microsoft plans to remove this experience in favor of the Settings app option.

Uninstall an app on Windows 11 via Control Panel

To uninstall any app from Windows 11 with Command Prompt or PowerShell, use these steps:

  1. Open Start.

  2. Search for Command Prompt (or PowerShell), right-click the top result and click the Run as administrator option.

  3. Type the following command to list all the apps installed on Windows 11 and press Enter:

    winget uninstall

    winget uninstall command

  4. Type the following command to uninstall an app and press Enter:

    winget uninstall --id APP-ID

    In the command, change the APP-ID for the “Id” of the app.

    For example, this command removes the TikTok app:

    winget uninstall --id BytedancePte.Ltd.TikTok_6yccndn6064se

    Windows 11 winget uninstall app

  5. Continue with the on-screen directions (if applicable).

Once you complete the steps, the traditional or modern application will be completely removed from Windows 11.

While this guide shows you several ways to uninstall apps, some applications will include an “Uninstall” option within the folder created in the Start menu. Some others are standalone apps that don’t register with the system, and you can remove them by simply deleting the folder.

Uninstall an app on Windows 11 via PowerShell

Although you can remove most apps from the Settings app, some built-in apps like Cortana, Camera, Clock, Get Help, and others don’t have an uninstall option, but you can still use PowerShell to remove them.

To uninstall apps using PowerShell commands on Windows 11, use these steps:

  1. Open Start.

  2. Search for PowerShell, right-click the top result and click the Run as administrator option.

  3. Type the following command to view all the installed apps and press Enter:

    Get-AppxPackage | select Name, PackageFamilyName

    PowerShell list installed apps by PackageFamilyName

    If you want to see all the Windows 11 apps installed on the computer, type the following command and press Enter:

    Get-AppxPackage -AllUsers | select Name, PackageFamilyName

    The command will return a long list of apps, which can be overwhelming, but you need to do this to know the name of the apps you want to uninstall. For instance, if you want to uninstall the Camera app, you will notice that the system name is “Microsoft.WindowsCamera” in the listing.

  4. Type the following command to uninstall an app and press Enter:

    Get-AppxPackage PROGRAM-NAME | Remove-AppxPackage

    In the command, make sure to replace PROGRAM-NAME with the application’s actual name as listed in the above step.

    For example, this command uninstalls Cortana on Windows 11:

    Get-AppxPackage Microsoft.549981C3F5F10 | Remove-AppxPackage

    PowerShell uninstall app

After you complete the steps, the app will no longer be available on the computer, but you can always reinstall it using the Microsoft Store.

Using this method, you can only remove Microsoft apps, you can’t remove third-party apps like Google Chrome. For third-party apps, you may be able to use the Windows Package Manager tool, Settings app, and Control Panel.