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How To Uninstall Google Drive Completely From Windows

If you’re not a fan of the Google Drive app, you’ll want to delete it. Here’s how to completely delete Google Drive from Windows.

If you’re not a fan of the Google Drive app, you’ll want to delete it. Here’s how to completely delete Google Drive from Windows.

Uninstall Google Drive from Windows

First, launch Google Drive if it’s not already running. Then right-click the Google Drive icon on the Taskbar and select  Preferences.

Preferences

The Google Drive Preferences window comes up. Click Disconnect Account and then click Yes to verify you want to disconnect it.

Discconect Account

After a few seconds, the account will be disconnected and you’ll see the following verification message. Click OK.

Account Disconnected

Now you can go into Control Panel >> Programs and Features and uninstall Google Drive.

Programs and Features

Or, to verify it’s completely gone from your system, use the free or pro version of Revo Uninstaller. This is one of the tools I use to completely uninstall any software, including malware from Windows PCs.

You can also download the free version of Revo Uninstaller via Ninite.com. Here I am using the pro version of Revo Uninstaller – which has a free 30-day trial.

Right-click the Google Drive icon and select Uninstall. Now, wait while Google Drive is uninstalled and the remaining registry settings are found to be deleted.

Uninstall via Revo

Verify you want to uninstall the product.

Verify Uninstall in Revo

Check all of the Blue entries of leftovers of the program Revo Uninstaller finds and delete them.

check leftovers

You still have you’re the Google folder in your My Documents you can still access the files while not online, but will no longer have the ability to sync.

10 Comments

10 Comments

  1. Andrew Bush  

    Hi Brian,
    Thanks for this informative article. I started using Google Drive right after it became available. So far I’m happy with the results, using my Acer Android tablet and my PC, and I’m not ready to remove it, yet. I do have one problem though. The C: drive in my PC is only a 32GB SSD. It’s purpose is mostly for faster booting. The 1TB D: drive is delegated as the data drive. My problem is that the Google Drive folder is placed on the C: drive by default (Along with other files that seem to slowly creep onto the SSD) with no option to place it on another drive. As you can guess, that limits how large a file, and how many files, I can place in the Google Drive folder. Do you know of a way to move the Google Drive folder to the D: drive and still have it function as well as it does now?
    Thanks in advance,
    Andy Bush

    P.S. Thank to you and the rest of your staff for a great news letter. I look forward to reading it every day.

    • Alan Carre  

      Hello,

      I know how you can accomplish the task that you wish to accomplish with regards to location and physical devices however I am not allowed to tell you about that here for some reason. Apparently this is top secret information!

      You can email me. My email is my full name all in small letters with no spaces and with the number 1 at the end. It is a gmail address.

      Sorry for having to be so cryptic, but simply blurting out the answer is not acceptable here.

      – Alan Carre

  2. Saeed Neamati  

    Good work. I had problem finding the uninstaller of Google Drive. I’d almost forgotten that you can uninstall applications from “Programs & Features” ;). Also thank you for introducing Revo Uninstaller.

    • Nope. Looks like a rogue site that scrapes content — Evil people out there.

  3. Disappointed  

    Google Drive is a program that behaves sometimes like a virus in a sense that it cannot be removed even using a special removal tools.

    Stay away from the drive and use only in cloud!

  4. Jenn  

    Thanks for sharing these tips. I’m having issues with Google Chrome corrupting profiles, and Google Drive not wanting to run. I’d prefer to avoid a system reformat if at all possible, so I’m going to give this a try!

  5. j  

    Unable to delete GD folder. Requires permissions.

  6. Joe  

    there is no google drive icon on the taskbar when i run google drive, which by the way i never installed nor asked for. and now that i tried to get rid of it, the contents of it have gone from 1.5MB to 2.4MB.

  7. Ben Stern  

    I just bought my wife a new computer and plan to move her files (docs, music, photos) to the new computer via an external disk.   You write that when she opens up a gdrive on the new computer all the files in drive will be downloaded.   Why is that? The ones I want will already be on the computer.  Shouldn’t the others be deleted automatically through the sync?  OR are files in the cloud there until we delete each one? Can I just cancel her account totally (from the old machine) and start over again with a clean slate by opening gdrive again from the new computer?   How could that be done?  The whole process is confusing.  
    I see this as an opportunity to clear up all the accumulated garbage from the old machine. 
    Many thanks.

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