Don’t want to use the Your Phone app, or is it behaving oddly? Here is how to remove or uninstall Your Phone app in Windows 11.
To connect Android phones to Windows 11, Microsoft includes the Your Phone app by default. By installing the Your Phone app on your Android phone and signing in to the same Microsoft account, you can sync your phone with Windows 11.
When linked with your Android smartphone, Your Phone can sync photos, messages, notifications, and more. On supported Android models, you can even do other advanced things like screen sharing, phone calls, opening apps on your phone from Windows 11 PC, etc.
Generally, the Your Phone app is pretty useful, most of the time. This is especially true if you have an officially supported Android smartphone. However, the Your Phone app is pretty bare-bones and not that useful for some. For example, if your phone is not officially supported, you cannot use some of the most useful and advanced features like screen sharing, app mirroring, etc. In that case, removing the Your Phone app from Windows 11 and using some third-party app is way better.
Not only that, but under certain circumstances, Your Phone app can behave erratically after linking with an Android smartphone. For instance, it might show too many notifications, consume excessive system resources, mess with desktop or other files, and more. In those cases, it is not worth keeping the Your Phone app. You can uninstall Your Phone in Windows 11 and use some third-party alternative like AirDriod. Often, third-party apps provide extensive features and better support for different Android models.
So, without further ado, this easy how-to guide will show you how to uninstall Your Phone app in Windows 11
I cannot find the uninstall option for the Your Phone app
Generally, store apps in Windows 11 can be uninstalled by selecting the “Uninstall” option in the “Apps > Apps & features” list in the Settings app or by searching for it in the Start menu, right-clicking on the app, and then selecting the “Uninstall” option.
Being a system application, the Uninstall option for Your Phone is app is blocked in Windows 11. However, you can uninstall Your Phone with a PowerShell command. Execute a single-line PowerShell command, and Windows 11 will immediately uninstall the Your Phone app.
You can follow the below steps to know how to uninstall the Your Phone app in Windows 11 with the PowerShell command.
Uninstall Your Phone app in Windows 11
To uninstall the Your Phone app in Windows 11, you need to execute a PowerShell command as an admin. It is straightforward to do. Follow the below steps, and it will be done in no time.
- Right-click on the Start menu.
- Select the “Windows Terminal (Admin)” option.
- Select “Windows PowerShell” from the dropdown menu on the top bar.
- Copy “Get-AppxPackage “*YourPhone*” | Remove-AppxPackage”.
- Paste it in the terminal and press “Enter.”
- This will uninstall Your Phone from Windows 11.
- Close the Windows Terminal.
Detailed steps with a bit more info and screenshots:
First, we need to open Windows Terminal to execute the PowerShell command. So, right-click on the “Start menu” and select the “Windows Terminal (Admin)” option. This action will open the Windows Terminal with administrative privileges. You can also search for Windows Terminal in the Start menu, right-click on the result and select the “Run as administrator” option.
By default, Windows Terminal shows the PowerShell tab. Otherwise, select “Windows PowerShell” from the dropdown menu on the top bar.
Copy the below command, paste it in the PowerShell tab, and press the “Enter” key on your keyboard. You can either press the “Ctrl + V” keyboard shortcut or right-click in the PowerShell tab to paste the command.
Get-AppxPackage "YourPhone" | Remove-AppxPackage
As soon as you press the Enter button, the PowerShell command is executed. You will not see any confirmation or response message. That is a good thing. It means the Your Phone app is removed in Windows 11.
You can confirm this by searching for Your Phone in the Start menu. You will not find it.
Alternatively, open the Settings app with the “Win + I” shortcut, go to the “Apps & Apps & features” page, and go through the list or search for it with the search bar. You will not find it.
Install it if you ever want to try the Your Phone app again. To do that, open the Microsoft Store in Windows 11, search for the “Your Phone” app and click the Install or Get button. Alternatively, go to this page and install it directly.
That is it. It is that simple to uninstall Your Phone in Windows 11.
I hope this simple Windows 11 how-to guide helped you.
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