Chrome 86 will allow uninstalling PWAs from Settings and Control Panel

Google is constantly working on enhancing its Progressive Web Apps (PWA) implementation. A new feature, first spotted by Leopeva64, adds the ability to remove an installed PWA app using traditional methods, such as the Control Panel option, the Settings app, and the Start menu's right-click option.

Progressive Web Apps (PWAs) are web apps that use modern web technologies. They can be launched on the Desktop and look like native apps. While PWAs are hosted on the Internet, the user can create a special shortcut to launch them like a regular app, or install them in Windows 10 using Microsoft Store.

Besides the Microsoft Store app, Windows users can use the certain Chromium-based browsers like Edge and Chrome to install them. When the browser detects a PWA on a web site, it allows installing it right from the main menu, and with a special button that appears in the address bar.

Chrome Install PWA App Offer

Recently Microsoft has added the ability to uninstall PWAs from Settings and Control Panel. The same feature is coming to Google Chrome 86. The appropriate bits of code were added to what will become Chrome 86.

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The new patch says:

PWA on Desktop Windows: Uninstall PWA from OS settings.

When user uninstall a PWA from Windows Settings or Control, it also uninstall PWA from browser register.

The following video demonstrates the feature in action.

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As of now, the patch is not merged yet, means it doesn't approved by the Chromium team, as it has a merge conflict. Once it will resolved, we can expect such this new option in Google Chrome 86.

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Author: Sergey Tkachenko

Sergey Tkachenko is a software developer who started Winaero back in 2011. On this blog, Sergey is writing about everything connected to Microsoft, Windows and popular software. Follow him on Telegram, Twitter, and YouTube.

One thought on “Chrome 86 will allow uninstalling PWAs from Settings and Control Panel”

  1. This is completely pointless.

    We need the ability to block the ability to install PWA crap in the first place. Turn off the icon in the Chrome address bar. Remove the install option from the menu and warn people when they’re about to accidentally install a PWA from the Google Play Store, the iOS Store or the Microsoft Store that was masking as a real app.

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