There may be a reason you may want to uninstall the built-in Windows Photos app installed on your PC. But if you open Settings > Apps, you will find that the option to uninstall is grayed out. While we don’t recommend you remove the built-in UWP app if you insist on removing it, here’s a short guide to help you remove the Photos app from Windows 11/10.
How to uninstall Photos App on Windows 11/10
Since Windows 11/10 Settings do not offer you the option to uninstall the Microsoft Photos app, you have the following two options before you:
- Use a PowerShell Command
- Use a third-party software
Here’s you can go about uninstalling the app.
1] Use a PowerShell Command
Make sure you are signed into Windows 11/10 with an administrator. If yes, press Win+X key and select PowerShell (Admin) from the WinX menu.
Type the command and press Enter:
Get-AppxPackage *photos* | Remove-AppxPackage
The app will be removed from the OS.
2] Use third-party software
AppBuster allows you to remove unwanted apps easily and quickly. In addition to removing such apps, it even allows you to recover them if you delete them accidentally.
The User Interface is pretty simple, and most options are self-explanatory. When you launch the freeware, it will display which of these Microsoft-supplied apps with Windows 11/10 are installed on your computer and which you can install on request – even hidden apps are displayed here.
If you would like to remove any, simply check the circle against the app and hit the ‘Remove’ button. A good feature of O&O AppBuster is that it makes visible all the information related to the app before you decide to uninstall it.
If you wish to reinstall the app, you may do so via the Microsoft Store – or use these PowerShell commands to reinstall pre-installed apps.