How to Uninstall Google Drive from Mac/Windows PC

Run into problems when uninstalling Google Drive from your computer? This post discusses the proper steps to guide you through the removal of Google Drive.

Keep in mind that no matter on what device you are trying to uninstall Google Drive, the standard process is to disconnect your Google account, shut down the app, uninstall it manually and then delete all its components remaining on the system.

Uninstall Google Drive for Mac:

  1. Click Google Drive icon from the top bar, and select Preferences option.
  2. In the Preferences pane, click Disconnect Account button.
  3. Click the Google Drive icon again and choose Quit option.
  4. Click to open up Finder, and head to the Applications folder.
  5. Drag Google Drive to the Trash (on your Dock) and drop the icon there.
  6. Purge your trash by right-clicking the trash and selecting Empty Trash.

If you install Google Drive from the Mac App Store, you can uninstall it by this option: in Launchpad, hold on Google Drive icon until it starts to jiggle, tap the X appearing in the top left corner of the icon and click Delete button in a dialog.

Uninstall Google Drive on Windows:

  1. Click the Google Drive icon (usually in the bottom right task bar).
  2. Click Options icon at the top right, and click Preferences > Disconnect account.
  3. Head to Start > Control Panel > Programs > Programs and Features.
  4. Select Google Drive from the list, and click the Uninstall button.
  5. Follow the onscreen prompts to complete the uninstallation.

After you uninstall Google Drive, you can delete the Google Drive folder from your local device without deleting anything in your Google Drive on the web.

Besides, you can search for Google Drive leftovers that remain on your computer and perform a clean uninstall. On Mac you will need to utilize the Search feature in Finder to hunt down associated items in both Library and ~Library folders. On Windows, you can locate Google Drive traces in the Registry Editor and your system folders.


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