How to uninstall Photos App on Windows 10

There may be a reason you may want to uninstall the built-in Windows 10 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 10.

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How to uninstall Photos App on Windows 10

Since Windows 10 Settings do not offer you the option uninstall the Microsoft Photos app, you have the following two options before you:

  1. Use a PowerShell Command
  2. 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 10 with an administrator. If yes, press Win+X key and select PowerShell (Admin) from the WinX menu.

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Type the command and press Enter:

Get-AppxPackage *photos* | Remove-AppxPackage

The app will be removed from the OS.

2] Use third-party software

How to uninstall Photos App on Windows 10

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 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.

You can also use CCleanerStore Applications Manager, or 10AppsManager to uninstall unwanted apps like the Mail app in Windows 10.

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.

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Anand Khanse is the Admin of, a 10-year Microsoft MVP Awardee in Windows (2006-16) & a Windows Insider MVP. Please read the entire post & the comments first, create a System Restore Point before making any changes to your system & be careful about any 3rd-party offers while installing freeware.

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