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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.

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

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8 Responses to How To Uninstall Google Drive Completely From Windows

  1. Andrew Bush May 6, 2012 at 2:11 pm #

    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 December 9, 2014 at 2:30 pm #


      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 June 22, 2012 at 11:00 pm #

    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.

  3. S. Ressler July 2, 2012 at 7:46 pm #


    Did you write this article also: ?

    • Brian Burgess February 5, 2014 at 8:16 pm #

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

  4. Disappointed October 13, 2014 at 7:19 am #

    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!

  5. Jenn October 25, 2016 at 3:41 pm #

    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!

  6. j November 28, 2016 at 6:27 am #

    Unable to delete GD folder. Requires permissions.

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