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My journey across cloud storage services has been wild and hectic over the past few years, and I can confidently say that two of them sit above the rest in terms of usability and value: Dropbox and Google Drive. Between the two, I prefer Dropbox because it’s so hands-free.

My point is, maybe you have a similar story and now you want to get rid of Google Drive from your system. In that case, you have two options.

Disconnect Google Drive

Disconnecting is what you should do if you want to keep your Google Drive files on your system and on the cloud, but cease all syncing between the two from here on out:

  1. Click on the Google Drive icon in the system tray.
  2. Click the More button, then select Preferences.
  3. Navigate to Account > Disconnect account.
  4. Click Disconnect.

Beware that now that syncing has ended, the two sets of files (the set on your system and the set on the cloud) will begin to diverge as you add and remove files from each.

Uninstall Google Drive

If you want to cease all syncing and nuke all of the Google Drive files from your system, whether to free up space or simply because you don’t want them anymore, you can just uninstall Google Drive. Note that your files will still remain as part of your Google Drive account on the cloud.

On Windows

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  1. Open the Start Menu, search for Programs and Features, and launch it.
  2. Find Google Drive.
  3. Right-click on it and select Uninstall.

On Mac

  1. Open Finder and navigate to the Applications folder.
  2. Select Google Drive.app and drag to Trash (or press Command + Delete).

Now that you aren’t using Google Drive anymore, let us know which cloud storage service you’ve moved onto! Whether Dropbox, OneDrive, Box.net, or whatever else, we want to know!

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  1. Lou
    February 14, 2017 at 4:05 pm

    Replaced Google Drive with OneDrive.
    Disclaimer: I use cloud-storage only as a short-term option (6 months or less) for non-media files.
    I did use Google Drive and Dropbox in the past, but stopped shortly after I dumped my Android tablet and bought a Windows device.
    Use OneDrive because you can save straight to it from Microsoft Office. Office files represent about 80 percent of what I need to save on a weekly basis, so quicker and easier filing to the cloud is a plus. One downside: every once in a while OneDrive file sharing with third-parties may be an adventure.

    • marek
      February 16, 2017 at 10:59 am

      OneDrive is arguably the worst choice in terms of privacy. Google "onedrive arrested".

      • Lou
        February 17, 2017 at 4:25 pm

        Marek. No argument, but privacy is not an issue for me. I don't save any file with real, potential or imagined privacy/security/confidentiality requirements or concerns to third-party on-line storage.
        My primary reason for using on-line storage is the need to share content destined for public consumption (web pages and newsletters) in large files, with third parties.
        OneDrive might not be the best storage tool, but, I wanted free, fairly easy to use, and multiple file-sharing options. Integration with Microsoft Office was a plus.