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How to Uninstall and Remove Google Drive From Your PC or Mac

Ben Stegner Updated 19-05-2020

Need to uninstall Google Drive from your computer? Perhaps you don’t want to use Google Drive anymore or need to reinstall it to fix a problem.

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Don’t worry! We’ll show you how to remove Google Drive from your Windows PC or Mac. In case you don’t need this nuclear option, we’ll also cover disconnecting and pausing Google Drive.

How to Disconnect Google Drive From Your Computer

Before you delete Google Drive from your computer, you should disconnect your system from your account. This is also a useful step if you don’t want to fully remove Google Drive yet.

To disconnect Google Drive, you’ll need to click the Backup and Sync from Google icon. It looks like a cloud with an upward-facing arrow.

On Windows, you’ll find this in the System Tray at the bottom-right of your screen; you may need to click the arrow to show all icons. On a Mac, you’ll see the same icon in your menu bar at the top of the screen. Once the Google Drive panel opens, hit the three-dot Menu button and choose Preferences.

Google Drive Backup Sync Menu

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In Google Drive’s preferences panel, switch to the Google Drive tab on the left. Uncheck Sync My Drive to this computer to stop syncing everything. You can also check Sync only these folders to pick and choose certain directories to sync.

Google Drive Stop Syncing

If you do this, you can always come back into this settings panel to start syncing again or make changes to what syncs. Anything that’s not set up to sync will stay on your computer and you can access it, but changes you make won’t replicate to the cloud. Your local folders also won’t update when you make changes elsewhere.

To completely disconnect your Google Drive account from your current computer, go to the Settings tab.

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Click Disconnect Account to sign out of Google Drive on this machine—just one of the important Google Drive settings you should know about.

Google Drive Disconnect

After you do this, the Google Drive app won’t do anything until you sign in again. You’ll still have access to the files in your Drive folder, but they won’t sync with the cloud.

How to Uninstall Google Drive

Decided you don’t want Google Drive or need to reinstall the software? Here’s how to delete Google Drive on your machine.

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Note that removing the Google Drive app prevents your files from syncing, but it doesn’t delete your existing files. You can delete or move them as needed after uninstalling, which won’t affect the copies in the cloud.

Uninstall Google Drive on Windows 10

To remove Google Drive from Windows, you’ll just need to uninstall it like any other program. Open Settings (using the Win + I shortcut if you like) and browse to Apps > Apps & features.

Use the search box or scroll down to find Backup and Sync from Google, which is the new name for the Google Drive app.

Click Uninstall and walk through the steps to remove it from your computer. Once this is done, you’ll need to reinstall the app if you want to start syncing files to this computer again. Your Google Drive folder will stick around, but it’s cut off from your account.

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Windows Uninstall Google Drive

Uninstall Google Drive on macOS

The process to remove Google Drive from your Mac is just like uninstalling any other macOS app How to Uninstall Programs on Mac Need to uninstall programs on your Mac? You have several options! Here's how to remove programs and apps from your Mac. Read More . Open Finder and navigate to the Applications folder. If you don’t see it on the left sidebar, it’s also available under the Go menu or by using the shortcut Shift + Cmd + A.

Inside Applications, find the Backup and Sync from Google app and drag it to the Trash on your Dock. This deletes the app from your system.

Move App to Trash

How to Pause Google Drive

If you just want to stop Google Drive from syncing for a short time, you don’t need to disconnect or uninstall it. Both the Windows and Mac apps let you pause Google Drive if needed.

To do this, click the Backup and Sync icon again, as described above. In the three-dot Menu at the top-right of this panel, select the Pause option. This will stop Google Drive from uploading and downloading until you repeat the steps and choose Resume. Once you resume, it will sync all the changes made while it was paused.

Google Drive Pause Sync

You can also stop Google Drive from syncing by choosing Quit Backup and Sync from this menu. This closes the software, so it won’t sync until you start it again.

Controlling Google Drive

Now you know how to remove Google Drive from your computer, as well as disconnecting it. In general, you should only uninstall the app for troubleshooting or if you’re sure you don’t want to use it anymore. Disconnecting is sufficient if you want to make changes to the local files without changing what’s in your Drive.

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  1. Ian Burns
    March 12, 2020 at 5:59 am

    Google Drive is not in Programs, so how can I uninstall it. It also has no files in it but I continuously get a message saying that it is full.

  2. 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.