How to Uninstall Google Drive on Windows and Mac

You may have installed the Google Drive desktop app on your Windows or macOS computer and find 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 later, don’t worry. You can simply download and reinstall it from the Google Drive Desktop website like you did initially.

Uninstalling Google Drive on Windows

Uninstalling Google Drive on Windows is done in three steps. First, you’ll disconnect your Google account, then you’ll quit the app, and finally you’ll uninstall it.

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

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Logging out of your account on Windows

Before you can uninstall Google Drive, you need to disconnect your Google account from the app.

To disconnect your account, select the Google Drive icon in the system tray. Click the gear icon in the top right and choose “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 on “Disconnect” in the window that appears.

Google Account Sign Out Confirmation

If you then receive a pop-up window asking you to connect to Google Drive, simply close the window.

Exit the application

After signing 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 again. Click the gear icon in the top right and choose “Exit”.

Exit Google Drive on Windows

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Uninstall the application on Windows

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

Uninstall in Google Drive context menu

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

Programs and Features, Uninstall Google Drive

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

Google Drive uninstall prompt

The process may take a few moments. When it’s finished, you’ll see a confirmation that Google Drive has been uninstalled. Click “Close” to confirm and close the window.

Google Drive uninstall prompt

Uninstalling Google Drive on Mac

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

Log out of your account on Mac

To disconnect your Google account, select the Google Drive icon in the menu bar. Click the gear icon in the top right and choose “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 on “Disconnect” in the window that appears.

Confirm sign out of a Google account

If you then receive a prompt asking you to connect to Google Drive, simply close the window.

Uninstall app on Mac

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

Go, Applications in Mac’s Finder menu

Next, move Google Drive to the Trash in one of the following ways:
Drag the Google Drive app icon to your trash can in the Dock.
Right-click or hold down the Control key and click the Google Drive app. Select “Move to Trash” from the context menu.

Move Google Drive to Trash on Mac

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 on your mobile device as before, downloading the files you need instead of syncing them. You can also consider using another free cloud storage solution.

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