How To Remove the Xbox App From Windows 10 & 11

For a while now, many people have expressed their dislike for operating systems manufacturers who include bloatware (software that isn’t necessary), case in point, many want to remove the Xbox app from their OS.

Before Windows 8, and especially Windows 10, Microsoft wasn’t one of those manufacturers. However, that has now changed. Windows 10 is a great operating system, but the fact that there are a lot of unnecessary apps is still true.

What Is the Xbox App?

Among these apps that some deem unnecessary, or “bloatware”, is the Xbox app. The Xbox app is something that might come in handy if you have an Xbox Live account. It gives you a dashboard so you can manage your account, and you have some additional features such as remote control, or second screen functionality. If you don’t have an Xbox Live account, chances are you won’t need it.

How To Remove the Xbox App

One thing you should know before you attempt the methods outlined below. Microsoft has incorporated a sort of self-healing service in Windows. This means that if anything goes wrong in the background, Windows will fix it. What this also means is that this service might reinstall the Xbox app. And, in case it doesn’t, it will install itself automatically on your next major upgrade of Windows 10. If you think you could be repeating the process every time this happens, or if you’ve chosen to stop all automatic updates, you’re good to go.

Method I – The Simple Uninstall

The first method to solve this depends on what build you have of Windows 10. With older builds, this was easily doable. However, with some of the newer ones, Microsoft has prevented this and you can no longer do it. The steps are as follows:

  • Click on the Start menu.
  • Start typing Xbox, until you get the Xbox app of your choice.
  • Right-click the app and choose Uninstall. Answer ‘Yes’ to the prompt, and wait for the process to finish.

As mentioned, this method used to work at one point. However, it doesn’t work anymore, because Microsoft have changed the context menu you get when you right-click the app, and you no longer have the Uninstall option. Fortunately, there’s a solution for that too. Also, get to know more about Windows 10 on our website.

Method II – Using Windows PowerShell

You’ll need to use the Windows PowerShell. There are a few commands you might need to type in, and we’ll go through each one of them, step by step.

  • First of all, click on the Start menu.
  • Type in PowerShell, and right-click the result. Choose Run as administrator.
  • Within the PowerShell, type in the commands explained below.

As mentioned, there are a few options here. The one you may find in other guides that touch on this subject is “get-appxpackage *xboxapp* | remove-appxpackage”. However, you should know that this command will remove the app, but only on the current user account. If you log on to another user, the app will still be there.

In order to remove the app on all of the users you currently have on the machine, you will need to add the -allusers flag. Therefore, the command will be ”get-appxpackage -allusers *xboxapp* | Remove-AppxPackage”.

However, if you create a new account in the future, the app will still be there, and to remedy this, there’s one more command, “get-appxprovisionedpackage –online | where-object {$_.packagename –like “*xboxapp*”} | remove-appxprovisionedpackage –online”.

If you’ve chosen to use the second and the third command, finish the third step by typing in the following:

  • get-appxpackage -allusers *xboxapp* | Remove-AppxPackage , and press Enter to execute
  • get-appxprovisionedpackage –online | where-object {$_.packagename –like “*xboxapp*”} | remove-appxprovisionedpackage –online  , and press Enter to execute.

Once you’ve typed in both commands, you’re free to close the PowerShell, as the app will be removed. You have not only removed it for you as a user, but also for any other users, both current, and future ones. That’s all there is to it – the Xbox app is now gone from your system!

How To Remove the Xbox App Windows 11

Step 1: Open the Start menu, and then choose All Apps.

Step 2: Right-click on the program you want to remove and choose Uninstall.

That’s it. That’s the most basic way you can uninstall the Xbox app in Windows 11. The only difference is that you now have to also click on “All Apps” instead of having the full list visible from the start.

However, you can also do it the same way you would do it in Windows 10 using PowerShell. On top of that, you also have a few options that weren’t as clear in Microsoft’s previous OS. Here they are:

Use the Settings App

You can access the settings app via the start menu or by pressing the Windows key and I at the same time. From there, go to the “Apps” menu on the sidebar and You should see an option for Apps & Features.

Click on it, then click on the three dots that appear next to the specific app, and from there you can choose to remove the Xbox app seamlessly.

Use the Control Panel

Open the Control Panel, go to the “Uninstall programs” section, and from there look for the Xbox App. You can either select it and then click on “Uninstall” from the above toolbar or right-click and click on uninstall right on the list selection itself.

Suggested Read: How to Disable and Enable Startup Programs

Final Thoughts

Removing the Xbox app from both Windows 10 and 11 is as easy as it gets. In an ideal world, Microsoft would stop pushing their bloatware and leave the users to download only the things that they actually need. But we don’t live in an ideal world, so that’s why we’re here to help you with all sorts of questions.

You might also wanna learn some important topics like How To Disable Cortana and Fix: Your Windows License Will Expire Soon.


    • If you used another way than the Powershell’s, please try it by running this command : Get-AppxPackage *xboxapp* | Remove-AppxPackag
      It should remove the whole Xbox components. Otherwise, you will have to disable them manually from the settings or the Registry editor. Tell me the situation and I’ll help you through it.

    • This happened to me as well. And I did use the Powershell’s with Powershell running as admin.

      It left the Xbox gaming overlay and Xbox game speech window

  1. Hello. This didn’t work for me. I got this (manually copied as best I could as I’m not at all techie):
    Remove-AppxPackage : Deployment failed with HRESULT: 0x80073CFA. Removal failes. Please contact your software vendor. Deployment DeStage operaion with target volume C: on Package Microsoft.xboxApp_44.44.7002.0_x64_8wekyb3d8bbwe from: failed with error 0x80070490. See for help diagnosing app deployment issues.
    NOTE: For additional information, look for [ActivityId] 1f984f0f-3e5c-0002-7f84-981f5c3ed401 in the Event Log or use the command line Get-AppxLof -ActivityID 1f984f0f-3e5c-0002-7f84-981f5c3ed401
    At line:1 char:39
    + get-appxpackage -allusers *xboxapp*| Remove-AppxPackage
    + CategoryInfo : WriteError: (Microsoft.XboxA…_8wekyb3d8bbwe:String) [Remove-AppxPackage], IOException
    +FullyQualifiedErrorId : DeploymentError, Microsoft.Windows.Appx.PackageManager . Commands . RemoveAppxPackageCommand

    Thanks in advanve for any insights/assistance.

  2. I just tried to remove the Xbox app this way and all I got was a whole string of stuff like above only mine had “Object not found”.

    Looking for more help.

    • Hello Deb, maybe the xbox app got uninstalled and somehow the process restarted and couldn’t find the app. Please restart your computer and see if the xbox app is still here, if it is, please give us more details about your problem.

  3. Sorry for the very basic question:
    When you type:
    “get-appxpackage -allusers *xboxapp* | Remove-Appxpackage”, what does the vertical one in between the “get” command and “remove” command signify? Are these two commands? Do we hit return on the “get” and then run the remove one?

    • Hello Kelly, it’s okay, you can always ask whatever you want.
      This is one command. The “Get” part gets all commands that are installed on the computer, including cmdlets, aliases, functions, filters, scripts, and applications… in this case, we are interested in getting all the commands because we are going to use the Remove one. I hope I’ve answered your question.

      • I believe Kelly is asking about the | character (shift + left slash)(key above enter key) and the answer they probably want is regarding how that character is used to pipe the output of one command into a subsequent command (in this case output of the get-appxpackage command piped into the remove-appxpackage command).

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  5. Hi, please help me on this, my xbox app gets closed right after I open it. I already tried this steps and then I reinstall the app, however It isn’t yet. I already called Tech Support it was just a waste of time, maybe you can give me a solution for this. Thank you in advance for any insights

    • Hello Thomas, if you’ve followed the steps very carefully and yet the problem isn’t fixed, you might need to refresh/reset your PC, there is an option where you’ll be able to keep your files. There is a big chance that your problem will be fixed, you’ll just need to re-install all your apps once again.

  6. I think not allowing customers to uninstall this xbox beast borders on criminal theft. i have been trying anything and everything to rid the connection after initially giving permission for a relative to ‘use’ my network to play games. now my bandwidth is soaring and am in danger of paying nearly triple for my internet subscription because this person has a compulsion to play games and is hogging resources. Instead of being able to simply shut off access to cure the problem, I now have to buy a new, more expensive modem because I am not allowed to change the password in my older modem. Of course i could confront and confiscate and punish – but why should i be the bad guy when it is microsoft’s greed that caused the problem?? I can’t imagine the grief this greedy company is causing to parents and relatives who innocently hook into this gaming scam. I sincerely hope someone sues!!! Count me in.

  7. None of these options to uninstall xbox are available in windows 11.
    I hate that I hate no choice then to have something on my computer that is not wanted because a company (Microsoft) thinks I should have it.
    I hate that!!!

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