How to remove the Mail app on Windows 10

On Windows 10, the Mail app comes with the Calendar companion, and together they offer the default experience to manage multiple email accounts and calendars on your device.

Although the app offers a great experience for most users, it's not for everyone. But if you try to remove it, the Settings app won't allow let you because it's a built-in app.

Luckily, you can use the PowerShell command-line tool to remove the Mail app on Windows 10 permanently or reinstall it to fix sync and other issues.

In this Windows 10 guide, we' walk you through the steps to uninstall the Mail app on your device. And we outline the steps to get it back in case you change your mind or you're just trying to troubleshoot issues.

How to uninstall the Mail app using PowerShell

If you're having issues with the Mail app, and the reset option isn't working, or you want to get rid of the app, you can uninstall it using PowerShell with these steps:

Important: Uninstalling the Mail app also removes the Calendar app, as it's part of the experience.

  1. Open Start.
  2. Search for Windows PowerShell, right-click the top result and select Run as Administrator.
  3. Type the following command to uninstall the app and press Enter:Get-AppxPackage Microsoft.windowscommunicationsapps | Remove-AppxPackage

Once you completed these steps, the Mail app and the Calendar companion experience will be removed from your device.

If you're getting rid of the Mail app because you don't like the experience, you can check out our guide highlighting the best alternative email apps for Windows 10.

How to install the Mail app using Microsoft Store

If you ever need to reinstall the default email app, you can use the Microsoft Store using these steps:

  1. Open Start.
  2. Search for Microsoft Store, click the top result to open the experience.
  3. Use the search box in the top right, search for Mail and Calendar (opens in new tab), and click the top result.
  4. Click the Install button.

After completing these steps, the Mail app, along with the Calendar app, will be available once again in your installation of Windows 10.

If you need help reconfiguring the app, you can use our guide that walks you through everything you need to know to get started with the Mail app.

More Windows 10 resources

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Mauro Huculak

Mauro Huculak is technical writer for His primary focus is to write comprehensive how-tos to help users get the most out of Windows 10 and its many related technologies. He has an IT background with professional certifications from Microsoft, Cisco, and CompTIA, and he's a recognized member of the Microsoft MVP community.

  • this also works if you have a uwp that isn't behaving properly. not just mail.
  • Is there a list of app names for if I do want to uninstall some? Such as the MR stuff?
  • There probably is a list somewhere on the web, but you can also do GetAppxPackage in PowerShell and it will print out all installed uwp apps along with their package names.
  • CCleaner makes it easy to uninstall for novice users.
  • Or just unpin from taskbar if you don't want to look at the icon. These kinds of posts make me wonder what real space do you think you're saving. What.
  • It has nothing to do with space and everything to do with, by choice or paranoid principal, removing an application you don't use that's otherwise always running in the background.
  • Thank you so much for this tip.
    I haven't been able to use the app for more than a year now because it doesn't sync.
  • I would like to remove the annoying ads without having to pay
  • You need to run this NOT as Admin because Windows 10 apps are installed against your profile.
  • What about addressing something far more useful : enabling Share from Edge to use Outlook Mail O365? For goodness sake, I can share to Outlook on my Android phone but not in Windows 10. With Edge on W10 I am forced to copy and paste the link manually into Outlook. Having manually switched to Outlook and opened a new email form. Why is it that when Microsoft look down the first thing they do is shoot their own foot?