Don’t like or not using OneDrive? Here’s how you can uninstall OneDrive on Windows 10 in simple steps.
There are a ton of cloud storage services out there like Dropbox, Google Drive, OneDrive, etc. It is only natural that you might prefer one service over the other. For example, I primarily use OneDrive for all my work related stuff. But that might not be the case for you. In those cases, having OneDrive software installed on your system is not that useful. So, why not uninstall OneDrive from Windows 10?
The thing is, when compared to other cloud services, OneDrive doesn’t give you that much free storage and there is no way to increase the storage capacity of free. Add to that, OneDrive takes up File Explorer’s sidebar space along with 3D folder and other library folders. When you click on it, Windows will show a prompt asking you to sign in with a Microsoft account. This can be annoying if you are not a OneDrive user.
If you are not using OneDrive, it is better to uninstall it. So, without further ado, let me show you the steps to uninstall OneDrive on Windows 10.
- Unlink OneDrive (Optional step before uninstalling)
- Uninstall OneDrive from Windows 10 Settings
- OneDrive uninstall command
Unlike OneDrive (Optional)
If you’ve signed into OneDrive in Windows 10, it is better to first unlink your device in OneDrive. Unlinking removes your device from OneDrive list. If you ever need, you can re-link your device with OneDrive by simply signing in. It is not necessary to unlink but it is recommended. To unlink OneDrive follow the below steps.
- Right-click on the OneDrive icon in the taskbar.
- select the “Settings” option.
- Go to the “Account” tab.
- Click on the “Unlink this PC” under OneDrive section.
That is all. If you see a confirmation window or prompt, accept it. With that, you can proceed to uninstall OneDrive.
Uninstall OneDrive from Settings app
Just like any other app, you can easily uninstall OneDrive from the Settings app. This is the easiest way to uninstall OneDrive in Windows 10.
- Press Win + I to open the Settings app.
- Go to “Apps → Apps and Features” page.
- On the right-panel, find “Microsoft OneDrive” and click on it.
- Click on the “Uninstall” button.
- Again, click on the “Uninstall” button.
- Restart your computer.
That is it. After rebooting, you will no longer see OneDrive. It will also be removed from the File Explorer and the start-up list. If you want to use OneDrive again, you can easily reinstall OneDrive.
OneDrive Uninstall Command (Command Prompt/PowerShell)
To uninstall OneDrive via Command Prompt or PowerShell, use the command below.
Note: I’m showing this in command prompt but the same commands will work in PowerShell too.
- Search for “cmd” or “PowerShell in the start menu.
- Right-click on it and select “Run as administrator.”
- First, stop the OneDrive process with the below command.
taskkill /f /im OneDrive.exe
- Next, execute the following command to uninstall OneDrive depending on your system architecture.
- 64-bit users
- 32-bit users
- 64-bit users
- Reboot Windows.
When you execute the command in step 4, you will not see any response. That is normal. Just reboot your system and OneDrive will be no more. If you want to use OneDrive again, you can easily reinstall OneDrive.
That is all. It is that simple to remove OneDrive from Windows 10. Comment below if you face any problems or have questions.