Google test option to make it easier to uninstall progressive web apps from Chrome


Update, October 8, 2021 (11:00 a.m.ET): This article has been updated to clarify the development process for this feature.

Google Chrome may soon have a feature that makes it easier to uninstall Progressive Web Applications (PWAs). The feature is being tested on Chrome 96 Canary and allows you to uninstall PWAs through Control Panel. This is how Microsoft Edge already handles the uninstallation of PWAs and would simplify the uninstallation of PWAs installed through Chrome. The feature was first spotted by Techdows.

Although the option has been available in Chrome for almost a year, it previously required a command line flag. Chrome added an indicator, which makes it easier to activate. As explained by Reddit user Leopeva64, this change was added to the Chromium project by a Microsoft engineer.

Right now, when you install a progressive web app through Chrome, you need to uninstall it through the chrome: // apps page of the browser. While uninstalling PWAs this way isn’t complicated, it’s a different experience than uninstalling regular apps. By allowing users to uninstall progressive web apps through the Control Panel, PWAs should look more like native apps.

To try the feature now, you need to enable an indicator in the Chrome browser:

  1. Open Chromium.
  2. Go to chrome: // flags.
  3. To research “uninstallable”.
  4. To select activated next to the “Enable PWAs to register as an uninstallable application in Windows during installation” flag.

After following these steps, progressive web apps installed through Chrome will appear in Control Panel. This allows you to uninstall PWAs just like you would any other app you have installed on Windows 10 or Windows 11.


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