You'll soon be able to uninstall PWAs using the Settings app and Start Menu

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What you need to know

  • You'll soon be able to uninstall PWAs using the Settings app, Control Panel, and Start Menu.
  • Currently, uninstalling PWAs requires you to use the PWA's menu or settings in your browser.
  • The new feature is already available in the developer version of Microsoft Edge.

Users will soon be able to uninstall PWAs using the Settings app, Start Menu, and the Control Panel (via Windows Latest). Microsoft submitted a commit to the Chromium project that adds an 'Uninstall Registry entry" into the Windows registry. This means that you can uninstall any PWA the same way that you'd uninstall an app.

The previous way to uninstall PWAs that were installed through a browser was to use an individual PWA's settings menu or uninstall the PWA through your browser's settings.

Uninstalling a PWA by right-clicking on it from the Start Menu, using the Settings app, or using the Control Panel is a more natural way of removing something from your PC and makes PWAs installed through browsers feel more like native apps.

The feature is already implemented on the beta versions of Microsoft Edge, and the goal is to have the same feature roll out to all Chromium browsers.

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Sean Endicott
News Writer and apps editor

Sean Endicott brings nearly a decade of experience covering Microsoft and Windows news to Windows Central. He joined our team in 2017 as an app reviewer and now heads up our day-to-day news coverage. If you have a news tip or an app to review, hit him up at sean.endicott@futurenet.com (opens in new tab).

1 Comment
  • Have tried to use Windows Central, MS Power User, and Mint as "apps". Honestly, not a very pleasant experience. First... no back button unless you right click. When you press ctrl and click on a sub article it just opens up the article in Edge under a new tab. Lastly... it just doesn't "feel right". Basically just a website without an URL/Search bar, back button, refresh button, or a favorites bar. In the end... uninstalled all 3 "apps" and am just using a good old fashioned browser again. Don't care what anybody says but websites are not apps! I don't think this does anything for PWA, except for maybe make it look like a big joke. Would so much prefer they just bring back "pin to start menu" to Edgium and open up the full bloody browser.