How to Update and Uninstall Apps from the Windows Store in Windows 10

By Andy Rathbone

Downloaded a dud app? To uninstall any app from the Windows 10 Start menu, right-click its tile. When the pop-up menu appears, click Uninstall.

Uninstalling an app removes that app only from your account’s Start menu. Your action won’t affect other account holders who may have installed the app.

Programmers constantly tweak their apps, smoothing over rough spots, adding new features, and plugging security holes. Whenever you connect with the Internet, Windows 10 examines your installed apps. If any are out of date, Windows automatically downloads any waiting updates and applies the updates.

If you’re using a cellular connection, don’t worry: Apps don’t update when you’re using a metered Internet connection like those found on cellphones. Windows resumes updating the apps as soon as you connect to a Wi-Fi or wired Internet connection.

Don’t want automatic updates for some reason? You can turn off automatic updating by following these steps:

  1. From the Store app, click your account icon and choose Settings from the drop-down menu.

    Your account icon is your user account photo, located in the Store app’s upper-right corner next to the Search box.

  2. When the Settings screen appears, click to make sure the Update Apps Automatically slider is set to No.

    Your changes take place immediately. To make sure your apps update automatically, by contrast, set the slider to Yes.

When the App Updates control is on, all your apps update. You can’t keep individual apps from updating, unfortunately. Keep your apps set to update automatically. If you try to stop one from updating, you could miss out on security patches as well as improvements to all of your other apps.