How to Safely Uninstall Google Drive From a Mac

Don’t want to use Google Drive anymore? Here’s how to completely remove it from your Mac.

Google Drive logo on Mac desktop with Dock
How to Safely Uninstall Google Drive From a Mac

Google Drive is a fantastic cloud storage service that is also available on a variety of platforms, including macOS. The Google Drive desktop app integrates Google Drive and Google Photos backup into the same app.

However, if you don’t prefer or plan to switch to iCloud for your storage needs, you may want to uninstall it. This guide shows you how to safely uninstall Google Drive from your Mac.

Disconnect your Google account

Google Drive for desktop automatically syncs the files on your Mac with your Google account. As a result, your cloud storage fills up, prompting you to purchase and increase your Google account storage.

Therefore, you must first disconnect your Google account. Follow these instructions to find out how to do it:

  1. Select the Google Drive menu bar icon.
  2. Click on the settings icon and then select preferences from the drop down menu. Select Google Drive in the menu bar, click Settings, and then Preferences
  3. hit the settings icon in the dialog.
  4. Select the disconnect account option next to your email. Select Disconnect account from Google Drive preferences
  5. Click Disconnect and later Done.

Once you disconnect your Google account from the Google Drive app, you can safely uninstall it from your Mac.

How to uninstall Google Drive on a Mac

Before you remove Google Drive from your Mac, you’ll need to close it. To do so, click the button Google Drive in the menu bar, then the settings icon and select Let.

After you exit the app, you can uninstall the Google Drive app on your Mac. There are several ways to uninstall apps on a Mac, but the easiest way is to move them to the Trash. So this is what you should do:

  1. Open the Applications folder in Finder.
  2. Control-click Google Drive and select move to trash. Alternatively, you can drag it to the Trash. Remove Google Drive from the Applications folder in Finder
  3. Then open Trash from the Dock on your Mac.
  4. Control-click Google Drive and select the delete immediately option. Remove Google Drive from Trash on macOS

Alternatively, you can Control-click the Trash and choose empty trash can to remove Google Drive permanently from your Mac.

Remove residual files from Google Drive using Finder

You will have to remove the leftovers even after you uninstall Google Drive from your Mac. These junk files can affect your Mac in the long run if they accumulate. So, follow these steps to learn how to remove residual files from Google Drive using Finder:

  1. Open Discoverer and press Cmd + Shift + G.
  2. Writes ~/Library/ in the Go To Folder search box. From Finder, use the Go To Folder option to open the ~/Library folder
  3. Now, use the Search bar in the upper right corner to find Google Drive.
  4. Select “Library” instead of “This Mac” to filter your search. Search library folder for
  5. Find the matching files and move them to Trash if you find any.

Once again, to permanently remove these files from your Mac, you will need to empty the Trash on your Mac.

Be careful when removing these junk files. You may delete other important files by mistake. So, double check the files you moved to Trash before deleting them permanently.

In addition to the Library folder, you can also check the following subfolders for leftovers:

  • ~/Library/Preferences
  • ~/Library/Caches
  • ~/Library/Application Support
  • ~/Library/LaunchAgents
  • ~/Library/PreferencePanes
  • ~/Library/Saved Application Status
  • ~/Library/Start Items
  • ~/Library/LaunchDaemons

Alternatively, you can use apps like CleanMyMac X to remove residual files while uninstalling any app from your Mac.

Get rid of Google Drive from your Mac

Cloud file syncing is essential for many of us. And Google Drive for Mac is a great tool for syncing files stored on your Mac.

However, remember that iCloud allows you to achieve the same thing and is not limited to Apple devices. Also, many Apple services depend on iCloud.

Once you’ve uninstalled Google Drive from your Mac, we recommend setting up and using iCloud on your Mac if you haven’t already.

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