There are a ton of cloud storage services out there like Dropbox, Google Drive, etc. It is only natural that you might be using any one of your favorite cloud storage service that is not OneDrive. 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 Google Drive, OneDrive only gives you 5GB of free storage and there is no way to increase the storage capacity of free. Add to that, OneDrive takes up space in your File Explorer's left sidebar's 3D folder and other library folders. When you click on it, you will be prompted to sign in with your Microsoft account.
Simply put, if you are not using OneDrive, it is better to uninstall it. When you uninstall OneDrive, it will remove itself from the start-up items too. Without further ado, let me show you to uninstall OneDrive on Windows 10.
- Unlink OneDrive (Optional step before uninstalling)
- Settings app method
- Command prompt or PowerShell method
Unlike OneDrive (Optional)
If you've signed into OneDrive on your system, it is better to first unlink your device with OneDrive. Unlinking removes your device from OneDrive list. However, you can easily link your device again by simply signing into OneDrive on your Windows 10 machine. 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. Now, you can proceed to uninstall OneDrive.
Uninstall OneDrive from Settings App
Just like any other app, you can easily uninstall OneDrive on Windows 10 using the Settings app. This is the easiest way to uninstall OneDrive from 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. In the future, you can easily reinstall OneDrive, if you want to.
Uninstall OneDrive from Command Prompt
If the above method did not work for some reason or if you like to use the command prompt to get the job done. You can easily remove OneDrive from the command prompt or PowerShell.
Note: I'm showing this in command prompt but the same commands will work in PowerShell.
- Search for "cmd" or "PowerShell in the start menu.
- Right-click on it and select "Run as administrator."
- First, stop the OneDrive process if it is running using 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. In the future, you can easily reinstall OneDrive, if you want to.
That is all. It is that simple to remove OneDrive from Windows 10. Comment below if you face any problems or have questions.