For all these years, PC users had to use third-party solutions to back up apps and data on their Windows 10/11 computers to the cloud. Microsoft recently launched a new app for Windows 10 and 11 computers to help users back up and restore files, apps, and data.
Windows Backup is a free app designed to help Windows 10 and 11 users to back up files, apps, settings, and Wi-Fi credentials to OneDrive. The Backup app has been available in the latest versions of Windows 10 and 11.
The Windows Backup is a fantastic app as PC users can now back up their data with a few clicks. However, the catch is that the Windows Backup app can backup your data only to Microsoft OneDrive. This means that users who have a Microsoft account can only use this feature. Moreover, OneDrive offers a relatively small 5 GB cloud storage for free. If you really want to backup files, you will need more cloud space. Additionally, it cannot back up the Windows 10/11 operating system.
If you have subscribed to a cloud storage service other than OneDrive, you might not want to use the Windows Backup app and remove it from your Windows 10/11 installation. Sadly, Windows 10/11 does not let you uninstall the Windows Backup app as it’s a system component. This means that uninstalling the app will not remove some other features that you might need. That said, there are ways to uninstall and remove the Windows Backup app from your Windows 10/11 installation.
This guide shows you how to forcefully uninstall the Windows Backup app from both Windows 10 and Windows 11 installations without using third-party tools.
Since the Windows Backup app cannot be uninstalled from the Settings app, we use the built-in Windows PowerShell to uninstall and remove the app.
IMPORTANT: Uninstalling the Windows Backup app will also remove the Emoji panel.
Uninstall Windows Backup app from Windows 10/11 via PowerShell
Step 1: Open Windows PowerShell as administrator. To do that, search for PowerShell, right-click on the PowerShell entry, and then click the Run as administrator option.
If you get the User Account Control prompt, click the Yes button to let Windows launch the PowerShell with admin rights.
Step 2: Next, copy and paste the following command into the PowerShell window.
Remove-WindowsPackage -Online -PackageName “Microsoft-Windows-UserExperience-Desktop-Package~31bf3856ad364e35~amd64~~10.0.19041.3393”
Step 3: Finally, hit the Enter key to execute the command, which uninstalls and removes the Windows Backup app from your Windows 10/11 installation.