How to uninstall Google Drive on Windows and Mac

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You may have installed the Google Drive desktop app on your Windows or macOS computer and found that you don’t use it and no longer need it. You can uninstall it in a few steps on both platforms.

If you change your mind in the future, don’t worry. You can simply download and reinstall it from the Google Drive Desktop website as you did initially.

Uninstall Google Drive on Windows

Uninstalling Google Drive on Windows is a three-step process. First, you’ll disconnect your Google account, then you’ll exit the app, and finally you’ll uninstall it.

Note that we’re using Windows 10 in these screenshots, but the steps are essentially the same on Windows 11.

Disconnect your account in Windows

Before you can uninstall Google Drive, you must disconnect your Google account.

To unlink your account, select the Google Drive icon in the system tray. Click the gear icon in the upper right corner and select “Preferences.”

Google Drive preferences on Windows

Select the gear icon on the next screen and choose “Disconnect account” at the top.

Disconnect Google account

Confirm by clicking “Disconnect” in the pop-up window.

Confirm disconnection from a Google account

If you get a subsequent popup asking you to sign in to Google Drive, just close the window.

Exit application

After you log out and before you can uninstall Google Drive on Windows, you need to quit the app.

Select the Google Drive icon in the system tray once more. Click the gear icon in the upper right corner and select “Exit”.

Sign out of Google Drive on Windows

Uninstall the app on Windows

The fastest way to uninstall Google Drive on Windows is to open the Start menu, right-click on Google Drive and select “Uninstall”.

Uninstall in Google Drive context menu

When the Programs and Features window opens, right-click Google Drive and choose “Uninstall” again.

Program and Features, Uninstall Google Drive

Click “Yes” when Windows asks if you want to allow the app to make changes (uninstall the app). Then, at the Google Drive prompt, select “Uninstall”.

Google Drive uninstall request

The process may take a few moments. When complete, you will see a confirmation that Google Drive was uninstalled, click “Close” to confirm and close the window.

Uninstall Notice for Google Drive

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Uninstall Google Drive on Mac

Unlike Windows, you can simply exit the Google Drive app in the menu bar and then move it to the trash can as described below. However, if you prefer to disconnect your Google account first, it only takes a minute.

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Disconnect your account on Mac

To disconnect your Google account, select the Google Drive icon in the menu bar. Click the gear icon in the upper right corner and select “Preferences.”

Google Drive preferences on Mac

Select the gear icon on the next screen and choose “Disconnect account” at the top.

Disconnect Google account

Confirm by clicking “Disconnect” in the pop-up window.

Confirm disconnection from a Google account

If you get a subsequent message asking you to sign in to Google Drive, just close the window.

Uninstall the app on Mac

After you sign out of Google Drive, you can uninstall the app like other apps on Mac. Using Finder, select Go > Apps from the menu bar.

Go to Applications in the Mac Finder menu

Then move Google Drive to Trash in one of these ways:

  • Drag the Google Drive app icon to your Trash in the Dock.
  • Right-click or Control-click the Google Drive app. Select “Move to Trash” from the context menu.

Move Google Drive to Trash on Mac

Note: If you get a message that the app is still running, click the Google Drive icon in the menu bar, select the gear icon, and choose “Exit”. Then uninstall the app.

If you want, you can empty the trash or right-click the Google Drive app in the Trash folder to delete it completely.

You can still use Google Drive on the web or your mobile device like before, downloading the files you need instead of syncing them. You may also consider using an alternative free cloud storage solution.

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