Google Drive has its own app on Windows 11/10, but some people find it difficult to uninstall or delete. Here’s how to remove Google Drive from Windows 10 using simple steps.
Google Drive uses your Google account to sync data on Windows 11/10. Installing it requires you to sign in with a Google account, but you can stop syncing then remove the Google Drive app without signing out.
You can also do this on Windows 8 and Windows 8.1. Removing or deleting Google Drive from Windows 10 doesn’t necessarily require an internet connection, but if you want a safer method, connect to the internet first before uninstalling.
How to stop Google Drive syncing on Windows 11/10
Before removing Google Drive, you have to stop the syncing process first. This ensures your files are safe when Google Drive is being removed.
Doing this is easy. Simply open Google Drive through the system tray. You can also right-click on the icon and select the three-dots button. Select Preferences.
Go to the Settings. You’re going to see your email address. Select Disconnect account.
To disconnect your Google account, you can click Disconnect.
Google Drive then shows you a message on the button saying it’s disconnecting. Wait for a few minutes until it’s done.
Once you have stopped syncing on Google Drive, you’re going to see a message saying You have disconnected your account. Your Google Drive folder is no longer synced with Google Drive on the web.
Just click Got it. Now you can remove Google Drive.
How to remove Google Drive from Windows 10 (or Windows 11)
To remove Google Drive, you can do it through Control Panel. Search it through the Start menu.
Select Uninstall a program.
Select Backup and sync from Google. Select Uninstall to remove Google Drive from Windows 10. You can then follow the next instruction to uninstall Google Drive.
How to delete Google Drive completely using a third-party uninstaller
If you want to remove Google Drive completely including its registry entries, you can use an uninstaller app like IObit Uninstaller. It’s a free app and you can remove Google Drive easier using it.
Once you’ve downloaded and installed the app, open it and select All Programs. On Backup and Sync from Google, select the trash icon at the right to uninstall Google Drive from Windows 11/10.
Here, select Create a restore point before uninstall and Automatically remove residual files. Then click Uninstall.
Wait until the uninstallation process is complete. It can take a few minutes. Once it’s done, you will see this message. That means Google Drive has been successfully removed from Windows 11/10.
Google Drive isn’t that difficult to remove from Windows 11/10. It can also be done on previous Windows versions like Windows 8 and Windows 8.1.