Let’s get it strait – Disney Plus still doesn’t have an official app for Windows 10. What we have for you here is a workaround to get you started in almost having your own Disney Plus app right within your start menu or launch bar.
UPDATE: The Disney Plus native desktop app for Windows 10 is now available. Download it here!
This is made possible through Progressive Web App (PWA). A technological advancement in the recent years, PWA allows a website to run with minimal border and a dedicated icon in the Start menu. PWA gives a website a native app effect that feels like it was installed right within Windows. You can even pin its icon to the Windows 10 Task Bar and give it a one-click run ability.
Installing Disney Plus as a PWA on your Windows 10 computer allows you to launch the service without having to open it in your browser. You can implement this effectively using the new Microsoft Edge based on Chromium or Google Chrome.
Here’s how to do it.
How to Install Disney Plus as PWA on Windows 10
For Microsoft Edge (Chromium-based)
To install Disney Plus as a PWA using Edge, you need to be running the latest Chromium-based version of Edge. The process is pretty straightforward, just follow the steps below.
- Start by downloading the latest Microsoft Edge Chromium-based beta browser, be it Canary, Beta, or Dev.
- Go to https://www.disneyplus.com/ to start a free trial, Buy Now or log into your account if you have one setup already.
- Head to the ellipses in the top left corner of your Microsoft Edge browser and select Apps.
- Once Apps is selected, scroll over to the Disney+ App logo next to Install This As an App.
- Give the new PWA a name, such as Disney + or Disney Plus
- Once the Disney+ PWA is installed, you start pinning the new icon to your Start Menu and/or Taskbar.
For Google Chrome
- Start Chrome, visit the Disney+ website, and sign in to your account.
- Then click the Menu button in the upper right corner of the Chrome toolbar. Then go to Other Tools > Create Profile.
- Then enter a name for the shortcut and select the Open as window checkbox to open it as a custom application. Then click Create.
- This allows you to create a shortcut on your desktop and in the Start menu. You can even place it on the taskbar for easy access.
As your DisneyPlus PWA is installed, You will need to connect your disneyplus.com account with begin code. It will allow you to stream all the content available with your subscription.
Words of Warning
It is important to note that this method does not come without a hitch. Installing Disney Plus like this can pose a security threat as the Edge or Chrome browser can allow to viewing of passwords and some private information in the settings.
This become an issue when people around you or those who are using your computer to stream on Disney Plus can easily view your saved credentials in the browser settings.
Wrapping It Up
This is a simple yet very effective workaround for those who want to have an app-like feel when using Disney Plus on Windows 10. Even though, the PWA does not come directly from Microsoft Store, you still have the full control over the UI elements. Hopefully, this won’t stay for long as we await the official Windows 10 app for Disney Plus.