Stay tuned to learn how to uninstall Spotify in Windows 10. Spotify is one of the most popular music streaming services in the world. It offers many features that usually make it the go-to choice for music listeners.
But while the Spotify app for mobile devices is absolutely fantastic, the same can’t be said for the computer application. It is riddled with glitches and issues that make the service seem half-cooked. This is why some people often want to get rid of it on Windows 10.
Usually just by uninstalling and reinstalling the Spotify app on the computer, fixes a lot of issues. However, you might encounter problems and an error code or two during the uninstallation process as well.
That’s why we thought of creating this guide as there is a lot of confusion out there. Essentially, there are 3 ways that you can follow. If one doesn’t work, the others surely will. Let’s take a look at these below.
How to uninstall Spotify in Windows 10
Through Windows Settings
The first method to uninstall Spotify involves accessing the Windows Settings. This is a pretty straightforward method that works both if you have the Spotify desktop app or the official Windows application downloaded from the Windows Store. Before trying it out, just make sure that you close any Spotify window that may be open.
To be sure, open up the task manager by pressing “Ctrl + Alt + Del” and end any Spotify process that may be running in the background. Once done, this method should completely get rid of the app.
Let’s take a look at the required steps:
- On your computer, go to the search bar at the bottom left corner of your screen and click it;
- Then type in “apps and features”. Alternatively, you can also click on the Windows icon at the bottom left corner that opens up the start menu;
- From there, click on the Settings (the gear icon);
- Click on the top result. This should open up a new settings page titled “Apps and features”;
- On this page, you will find a list of the applications that have been installed on your computer. You can find any app you are looking for and uninstall it from this page. So, you could say that this settings panel acts as a built-in uninstaller for your Windows PC that helps you uninstall apps;
- Scroll down the list and search for the Spotify app. Once you find the app, click on it;
- You will then see two options. One is “Modify” which will be greyed out and the second is “Uninstall”;
- Click on the uninstall button. This will start the uninstall process and after a few moments, the Spotify application will be gone from your computer;
- If you want to install Spotify again, it is wise to first restart your computer and then go on the Spotify website to download the installer.
Using the Control Panel
The Control Panel is one of the most familiar features of the Windows operating system. It can be used for several purposes. If you want to uninstall any app, you can use it to effectively do that. Of course, the same applies to uninstalling Spotify as well.
However, you need to keep in mind that this method will only remove the desktop app. If you downloaded the Spotify app from the Microsoft store, this method won’t work.
Let’s take a look at the steps involved in this:
- To open up Control Panel, you can type “Control Panel” in the search bar at the bottom left corner of your screen. Then, click on the topmost result;
- You will then be taken to the Control Panel page where you will see a bunch of different options;
- Find “Programs and Features” on this list and click on it;
- A new window will open up. It will show a whole list of applications installed on your Windows PC. Here, you can uninstall an app or even change it (which includes an update or repair of the app);
- Scroll down the list and find the Spotify application. Right-click on it and then click “Uninstall”. The uninstaller will then do its job and then the app will be gone from your computer;
- Once again, if you want to reinstall Spotify, you can download it from its website and sign in to your Spotify account once done. Your playlists and other libraries would be restored.
Using a third-party uninstaller
Let’s say the above two methods didn’t work for you and you’re still wondering how to uninstall Spotify Windows 10 – this method should definitely work. This software searches the operating system more thoroughly and removes all traces of any app you want to uninstall.
It deletes the file, folder, local files, and other related files to the software. In the case of Spotify, such software would delete the Spotify cache, Spotify folder, and all other associated files. This would completely uninstall the app.
Although there are many third-party uninstallers available, we recommend using IObit Uninstaller. It comes in two versions – a Free version and a Pro (paid) version.
The Pro version offers more advanced features (like removing malware, plug-ins, unwanted audio driver, etc), however, you can start with the free version to try it out. Both versions will allow you to remove applications even as a non-administrative user.
- First, you have to download the IObit Uninstaller. For this, access Google and search for it. Then, click on the first link that appears;
- This will open up the webpage from where you can download this application. Click on the “Free Download” option;
- Now, another tab will open up in your browser with the download page. There, click on “Download Now”. If prompted, click on “Save file”. This will initiate the process which will download the file required to install IObit Uninstaller;
- Next, go to your “Downloads” folder. Then double click on the “iobituninstaller” file;
- A new window will pop up. There, click the “Install” button. This will initiate the install process. The whole process will take about a minute to complete and the app will open automatically. It will display all the apps that are currently installed on your computer;
- Find Spotify and tick the check box next to it;
- Then, click on the “Uninstall” button towards the top-right corner of this app’s window;
- A new window will open up where you can find many options. Click on the check box next to “Automatically remove residual files”, and then select “Uninstall;
- It will start the uninstall process which shouldn’t take longer than a couple of minutes. What’s great about this software is that it even gets rid of the files in the “appdata” folder and also any registry entry.
- To conclude, restart your computer. If you want to install Spotify again, simply download it from the website and run the installation file.
Spotify is one of the most popular music streaming services in the world. Most people use it mainly on their smartphones but there are also a lot of computer users. Even if the desktop app is good per se, sometimes, it can show errors and suffer from glitches.
In that case, you might want to uninstall Spotify and reinstall it again. There are three ways you can do this. The first two methods mentioned above are very simple. They make use of Windows’ built-in uninstaller to uninstall the Spotify app.
The third method, however, requires installing third-party software that even gets rid of stubborn apps. If the first two methods don’t work for you, the third definitely will.