Ah, Windows 10 and the applications that are included with the operating system by Microsoft. Windows 10 ships with a bunch of first-party native applications like Paint 3D, Weather, Sports, Print 3D, Money or Your Phone, as well as third-party application suggestions. First-party applications are usually installed, third-party apps displayed as links only.
One of the main usability issues when it comes to apps on Windows 10 is that only some may be removed officially. Some may say that this is not different to the classic program system, as users of classic versions of Windows could not uninstall Notepad or Paint official either.
But how do you explain to users that apps like Your Phone, Paint 3D, or Snip & Sketch cannot be uninstalled? The Your Phone application serves no purposes if the user does not want to link a phone to the Microsoft Account and Windows 10 PC. Why then, does it need to remain on the system?
Some apps can be uninstalled natively. Just hit Windows-I to open the Settings application and go to Apps > Apps & Features. There you find many listed including some of the native applications that come with Windows 10.
The Your Phone application cannot be uninstalled or moved, but it is listed at least. Moving may work if you use programs like FreeMove or Symbolic Links, and you can remove core apps in Windows 10 using PowerShell, or third-party programs such as AppBuster, Geek Uninstaller or CCleaner.
Microsoft provides no information usually why apps can't be moved or uninstalled. The Your Phone application is an exception; Microsoft published a support article on the company website that provides some details (via Bleeping Computer)
The Your Phone app is deeply integrated into Windows to light up multiple cross-device experiences now and in the future. In order to build more of these experiences between phones, PCs, and other devices, the app can't be uninstalled.
In other words: the app powers several connectivity features already and will support even more in the future.
The Your Phone application supports screen mirroring, replying to SMS messages, viewing notifications, and transferring photos currently on Android.
Windows 10 customers who use Android devices may find the Your Phone application useful, especially if Microsoft manages to integrate more functionality in the app. The iOS app is severely limited at this point. Most customers won't use the application but will have to live with it unless they use apps or PowerShell to remove it.
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