Skype is one of those apps that Microsoft bought and has since been consistently running into the ground. The app now has a social aspect, the desktop version for Windows 10 users is no longer safe to install nor is it being updated, and the UWP version has limited options and unlimited bugs. You can’t quit the app, it often fails to show alerts, and if you’re signed into Skype on a different device the app will barely work on your desktop. If you’re tired of the app and have already moved on to better things like Discord or Telegarm, you can uninstall Skype UWP with just a few clicks.
Contrary to what end users commonly believe, Skype can be removed pretty easily from the system. There’s no need to mess with PowerShell although, if you wanted, you could uninstall Skype UWP from there as well.
Uninstall Skype UWP
Open the Start menu and go to the apps’ list. Scroll through the list and find Skype. Alternatively, use Windows search to find it.
Once you find the app, right-click it and the context menu will have an uninstall option. Click it and in the little confirmation box that opens, click Uninstall.
You can also uninstall Skype UWP from the Settings app. Open the Settings app and go to the Apps group of settings. Go to the Apps & Features tab and wait for the list of installed apps to populate and then click Skype and you will see an Uninstall button. Click it, confirm the uninstall in the box that opens and Skype will be removed from your system.
Install Skype UWP
If you ever regret uninstalling Skype or you need to use it again, getting the app back is really easy. All you need is the Microsoft Store app. Open the Microsoft Store app and in the search box, type Skype. The first result should show you the correct app. Select it, and click the Install button on the app’s page.
The Skype UWP app has a lot of features ‘missing’ from it. Users were accustomed to the app behaving a certain way from its desktop version. The fact that you can’t quit it and have to instead sign out of the app to stop showing up online or stop getting notifications is possibly one of the worst aspects of the app. Users also cannot stop the app from running at start up. At this point, its live subtitles and native call recording feature are its only saving grace.