Written byJessica Shee
How to Completely Uninstall OneDrive on Mac in 2 Ways
Summary: This article tells you how to completely uninstall OneDrive on Mac manually or with an app uninstaller for Mac. Use iBoysoft MagicMenu to remove the OneDrive app from your Mac and its support files with one click.
If you want to free up Mac storage by deleting some apps and OneDrive is on the list, or you simply don't need OneDrive installed on your Mac anymore, you can remove OneDrive from your Mac manually or with an app uninstaller. Let's start with...
Table of Contents:
- 1. Should I Uninstall OneDrive on Mac?
- 2. How to remove OneDrive from Mac manually step by step?
- 3. The easiest way to completely uninstall OneDrive on Mac
- 4. Why can't I uninstall OneDrive on Mac?
Should I Uninstall OneDrive on Mac?
As to whether you should remove OneDrive from your Mac, it depends on your specific situation. The factors that you might consider removing OneDrive from your Mac include:
Limited storage space. Although the files stored on OneDrive won't take up your hard drive's space if the Files On-Demand feature has been enabled, the app itself and its support files will take up some space. If you lack free space on your Mac computer, it is advised to uninstall it.
Affected performance. Running background processes and syncing files through OneDrive can consume system resources and potentially affect the performance of your Mac. If you notice that your computer is running slower or you want to optimize its performance, removing OneDrive can help alleviate resource usage.
Switching to an alternative. If you are switching to using alternative cloud storage services like iCloud or local storage solutions, you might decide to uninstall OneDrive from your Mac to streamline your file management system and avoid conflicts.
Warning: If you have important files or data stored exclusively in your OneDrive account, make sure to back them up or download them locally before uninstalling the application. Once uninstalled, you won't have direct access to those files unless you access them through the OneDrive web interface or have made local copies on your Mac.
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How to remove OneDrive from Mac manually step by step?
Please note that just dragging and dropping the OneDrive application to the Trash is not enough for a complete uninstallation. You have to find and remove all its support files from your Mac as well.
Microsoft Community gives a manual removal guide on its website. Follow the steps below on how to remove OneDrive from Mac manually:
Step 1. Sign out of your OneDrive account
Click the OneDrive icon on the menu bar on your Mac. On the flyout, click Help & Settings and choose Preferences. Select the Account tab and click on Unlink this Mac under the email address associated with your OneDrive account.
Step 2. Quit all OneDrive processes
You have two ways to quit OneDrive on your Mac. You can click the OneDrive icon > Help & Settings > Quit OneDrive and then click Quit OneDrive on the pop-up. Alternatively, click the OneDrive next to the Apple logo and choose Quit OneDrive.
Step 3. Remove the OneDrive application from your Mac
Open the Applications folder in Finder. Right-click on the OneDrive icon and choose Move to Trash. Or you can drag the blue OneDrive cloud to the trash bin. Enter your Mac credentials and click OK.
Step 4. Completely remove the additional OneDrive files
Open Finder. Press Command + Shift + G to open the Go to Folder window. Copy and paste each of the following paths to the box and hit Return. Drag these folders to Trash.
However, this process provided by a Microsoft advisor in the Microsoft Community can't clean all OneDrive support files. Find those files or folders and delete them too.
~/Library/Application Support/OneDrive ~/Library/Caches/OneDrive ~/Library/Preferences/com.microsoft.OneDrive.plist
Furthermore, look through the folders suggested below to see if you can locate any OneDrive-related files. If you do, remove them all.
~/Library/Cookies/ ~/Library/Logs/ ~/Library/LaunchAgents/
Step 5. Remove the locally stored OneDrive folder
If you have installed the Microsoft OneDrive sync app for Mac and synced files from OneDrive on macOS, you should remove the local OneDrive folder. Open Finder and click on your name on the sidebar, select the OneDrive folder, and drag it to the Trash.
Step 6. Empty the Trash
Right-click on the Trash bin and choose Empty Trash to completely remove OneDrive and all support files from your Mac.
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The easiest way to completely uninstall OneDrive on Mac
Most of the OneDrive-related files are hidden in the subfolders of the system library. If you feel unconfident to deal with the Library folder, worrying about accidentally deleting some important files, you can use an app uninstall like iBoysoft MagicMenu to remove OneDrive entirely from your Mac.
iBoysoft MagicMenu is a comprehensive right-click menu enhancer for Mac users. It allows you to add new menu options to the right-click drop-down menu to improve work efficiency. If you are a utility developer, iBoysoft MagicMenu also allows you to upload the feature you build a right-click menu of your own.
With iBoysoft MagicMenu, the new Mac's right-click menu will include:
- New file. It allows you to create a new file you frequently use including Word documents, PowerPoints, sheets, and others with a right click.
- Move To/Copy To. It enables you to copy or cut files or folders to another location with one click.
- Quick Access. You can add the documents, links, apps, and other items you frequently use under this menu and open them directly without searching through your Mac.
- Screen Capture. You can directly record or capture your Mac screen without pressing keys on your keyboard.
- Uninstall. iBoysoft MagicMenu will scan your Mac system, find all the support files of an app, and completely uninstall it.
- Other features. By installing extra extensions, iBoysoft MagicMenu allows you to clean duplicate files and photos, convert image formats, and compress files to reduce sizes.
How to completely uninstall OneDrive on Mac with iBoysoft MagicMenu
Step 1. Download iBoysoft MagicMenu and install iBoysoft MagicMenu Helper to have full features.
Step 2. Open Finder and find the OneDrive app in the Applications folder.
Step 3. Right-click on the OneDrive icon and choose Uninstall.
Step 4. Click Uninstall on the window where iBoysoft MagicMenu lists all OneDrive-associated files to clean up everything from your Mac.
Why can't I uninstall OneDrive on Mac?
The primary reason why OneDrive won't be uninstalled on Mac successfully is that the app is still running in the background. You must quit all processes of OneDrive and then uninstall it from your Mac.
To verify that all processes of OneDrive are not in use, navigate to Finder > Applications > Utilities > Activity Monitor. Search for OneDrive. If you find a process related to OneDrive, click on it and force quit it.
OneDrive is one of the most popular internet-based storage platforms. It integrates with Microsoft Office products, making it more suitable for businesses rather than individuals. If you want to switch to another service or just want to free up storage space, you can follow the advice in this article to clean uninstall OneDrive on Mac.
The manual removal takes a long process, while the automatic removal by iBoysoft MagicMenu only takes one click. Try it for free now.
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