Windows 10: Uninstall OneDrive

Martin Brinkmann
Dec 22, 2016
Updated • Aug 15, 2018
Windows, Windows 10

OneDrive is one of the many applications that ship with Windows 10 by default. It enables online storage, file syncing on the operating system.

Those who sign in with a Microsoft account may use the OneDrive application right away. Removal or uninstallation of OneDrive was not possible for a long time, at least not without going through hoops to make this happen.

Many Windows 10 users who relied on a different online storage provider -- Google Drive, Amazon Drive, Dropbox, you name it -- probably wished for an easy way to remove OneDrive from the device.

Note: One has to distinguish between the built-in OneDrive app that ships with Windows 10, and the OneDrive desktop program that you can install on Windows 10 as well.

Uninstall OneDrive on Windows 10

I don't know for how long the option to uninstall OneDrive using the Settings application been there, but it is available now.

microsoft onedrive

I checked both the latest Windows 10 Insider Preview version and the most recent Windows 10 April 2018 Update version, and both displayed a working "uninstall" button in the settings application when you click on OneDrive there.

  1. Use Windows-I to open the Settings application on the Windows 10 device.
  2. Navigate to System > Apps & Features.
  3. Type One in the search field at the top, or browse the alphabetically sorted list manually instead to find the OneDrive listing on the page. Note: the app is called Microsoft OneDrive in recent versions of Windows.
  4. Click on the OneDrive entry. The uninstall button should be active (instead of grayed out).
  5. Click on uninstall, and then again on uninstall when the "this app and its related info will be uninstalled" prompt.

This removes the OneDrive application from the Windows 10 device. Please note that it won't remove a synced OneDrive folder on the device. You can delete the data manually if you don't require it, or keep it there.

Microsoft's support page states that you cannot remove OneDrive in Windows 10. The page was last revised on August 18, 2016. I suppose the change to remove OneDrive from the operating system happened afterwards, but that is just a guess.

What if you need OneDrive again?

You have two options if you need to use OneDrive again at a later point in time. Either install the app-version of OneDrive from Windows Store, or download the desktop version of OneDrive instead to your system and install it.

Both add OneDrive to the system again so that you may re-enable the syncing of data. It is probably best to use the application, especially if you want some of the settings and such to be synced as well.

I'm not sure if the desktop version supports this as well, but I guess it does not.

Another option that you have is to access your synced files on the Onedrive website directly. (inspiration for this article taken from PureinfoTech's article on the subject)

Now You: Which file synchronizing service do you use, if any?

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  1. Robert G. said on December 24, 2016 at 3:53 am

    Like neil, same thing and same Windows 10 release.

  2. neil said on December 23, 2016 at 9:49 am

    check mine and not listed
    Version: 1607 OS Build: 14393.576

    funny as is in the programs listing under start, but if i select uninstall it takes me to programs and features and definately not listed there!


  3. Lindsay said on December 23, 2016 at 8:43 am

    OneDrive did not show up in the Control Panel but it was still in the start menu, but I was able to remove it successfully using CCleaner ‘Tools’ Uninstall’.

  4. Geoff said on December 23, 2016 at 7:37 am

    Potentially dumb question here, but Onedrive is included with Windows 8.1 as well, right? Cause I have it on my system, and I don’t remember installing it.

  5. Anonymous said on December 23, 2016 at 1:10 am

    Insider preview;
    It’s no longer on the list

  6. 420 said on December 23, 2016 at 12:11 am

    now if only they had that option for cortana

  7. Nick said on December 22, 2016 at 11:31 pm

    I had OneDrive disabled in GP from the beginning, before any updates were installed. It was still displayed in the Start menu, though, and clicking on it or selecting Uninstall lead to nothing.

    I enabled it now (in GP) just to see what happens. First it said that OneDrive needs to be updated to work and it offered me to download and install an .exe from MS. So I did that.
    After that I was able to uninstall OneDrive from Programs and Features and now OneDrive seems to be gone for good, no more Start menu entry.

    I never had the option to uninstall it as the “modern” app, it was never there.

    I sure hope they do this for all other apps, including OneNote, Edge etc.

    1. Nick said on December 23, 2016 at 11:06 am

      >now OneDrive seems to be gone for good

      I spoke too soon. OneDrive is now displayed in the Windows Explorer sidebar and I can’t get rid of it. :(

  8. Dave said on December 22, 2016 at 11:24 pm

    Is there a way to uninstall all the “modern UI” stuff?

    1. Ann said on December 23, 2016 at 11:05 am

      yeah roll back to win7 :)

      otherwise you’re stuck with the crappy interface /design

  9. hirobo2 said on December 22, 2016 at 5:57 pm

    Thanks. Just uninstalled One Drive using above method. This is an old Windows 10 build that came preinstalled with my tablet btw.

  10. Ray said on December 22, 2016 at 5:54 pm

    I don’t see OneDrive under Apps, so I cannot uninstall it. I’m running the latest stable version of Windows 10; I’m not on any Insider build.

    However, I do see OneDrive in the Windows Explorer sidebar still.

    1. seeprime said on December 22, 2016 at 9:13 pm

      On my laptop it was called Microsoft One Drive. Such consistency. I uninstalled it just fine.

    2. Martin Brinkmann said on December 22, 2016 at 7:17 pm

      Do you see OneDrive listed under “remove a program” in the Control Panel?

      1. Ray said on December 23, 2016 at 6:56 am

        Ahh… that did the trick. Thanks Martin!

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