How to uninstall OneDrive on Mac step by step

Microsoft’s OneDrive can be a valuable tool if you use Office 365 apps on different computers and devices and want to sync your documents between them or share them with other people. But what if you don’t use it or no longer need it? Keep on reading, and you’ll learn how to delete OneDrive from Mac and free up the space it’s taking up.

What is OneDrive?

OneDrive is Microsoft’s cloud file hosting service you can use to store and share files and sync them across devices signed into your Microsoft account. It stores a copy of your documents on your Mac, mirroring the contents of your online drive.

Why uninstall OneDrive Mac app?

It’s good practice to uninstall any app that you don’t use. But this is especially true of OneDrive. As we said earlier, OneDrive on your Mac mirrors the contents of your online OneDrive, and so it could be taking up lots of space you could use for other things. It’s also possible that if you don’t update OneDrive regularly, it could conflict with other apps you use on your Mac or cause problems when you update macOS.

How to get rid of OneDrive on your Mac easily

The easiest way to uninstall OneDrive — or any other app — is to use a specialist uninstaller app. Dragging the OneDrive icon from your Applications folder to the Trash won’t completely uninstall it. There will still be files left behind. Using an uninstaller will remove all of those files. We recommend CleanMyMac X. It’s quick, easy to use, and can also reset apps to their default state and remove leftovers from other apps that weren’t fully uninstalled. You can download it for free here and try it for yourself. Once you’ve downloaded and installed it, follow the steps below:

  1. Open CleanMyMac X and go to Uninstaller from the sidebar.
  2. Select Microsoft in the middle pane.
  3. Select the box next to OneDrive.
  4. Click Uninstall.
Uninstaller module in CleanMyMacX

CleanMyMac X will now remove all the files associated with OneDrive.

How to remove OneDrive on your Mac manually

You can also uninstall OneDrive manually, though it takes a bit more work to track down all the files it has placed on your Mac and remove them. Here are the steps:

  1. If OneDrive is running, click on its icon in the menu bar.
  2. Click the settings cog and choose Quit.
  3. Go to your Applications folder and drag the OneDrive icon to the Trash.
  4. Next, click on the Finder icon in the menu and then on the Go menu.
  5. Select Go to Folder.
  6. Paste each of the file paths below, one at a time, into the text box. At each location, look for files with ‘onedrive’ in their name. When you find them, drag them to the Trash.

~/Library/Application Support/

~/Library/Containers/

~/Library/Caches/

~/Library/Preferences/

~/Library/Cookies/

~/Library/Logs/

~/Library/LaunchAgents/

Once you’ve dragged all the OneDrive files and folders inside those folders to the Trash, empty the Trash. OneDrive is now uninstalled on your Mac.

How to reset OneDrive if it’s misbehaving

If the reason you want to uninstall OneDrive on your Mac is that it’s crashing, hanging, or misbehaving in some other way, there is something else you can try before you uninstall it. Resetting an app by returning it to the state it was in when you first installed it can often fix problems with configurations and settings files and get the app working properly again. Here’s how to reset OneDrive using CleanMyMac X:

  1. Quit OneDrive if it’s running.
  2. Select Uninstaller in the sidebar.
  3. Open Microsoft in the middle pane and select the box next to OneDrive.
  4. Click the dropdown arrow next to Uninstall and select Reset.
  5. Click the Reset button.
  6. Open OneDrive from your Applications folder and follow the instructions on the screen to set it up.

OneDrive’s configuration files will be deleted, and it will return to the state it was in when you first installed it. Open it again and check to see if it’s working properly. If not, go ahead and uninstall it to then install it again.

How to reset OneDrive manually

Just as with uninstalling OneDrive, there is a manual way to reset it, although it involves quite a bit more work than using CleanMyMac X:

  1. Quit OneDrive.
  2. Go to your Applications folder and Control-click or right-click on the OneDrive icon.
  3. Select Show Package Contents.
  4. Click on the Contents folder and then the Resources folder.
  5. Double-click ResetOneDriveAppStandalone.command
  6. Open OneDrive from your Applications folder and follow the instructions on the screen to set it up.

If you have installed OneDrive as part of an Office 365 installation package, but you don’t use it, you should uninstall OneDrive on your Mac to free up space. OneDrive mirrors on your Mac all the files you store online in Microsoft’s cloud storage. So uninstalling it could free up quite a lot of space. It will also reduce the chances of future file conflicts with other apps. If you do use it, but it’s crashing or hanging, you should try resetting it. Follow the steps above to do whichever of those applies to your situation.

Frequently Asked Questions

How to delete OneDrive files?

To delete OneDrive files from Mac, go to OneDrive folder. Next, select anything you don’t need anymore and move it to Trash. Don’t forget to empty it afterward. 

How to delete OneDrive account?

If you want to delete OneDrive account, locate the OneDrive icon in the menu bar and click it. Now, choose Help & Settings (the gear icon) > Preferences. Click Account > Unlink this Mac. You can also click Delete account, and Microsoft support page with additional instructions will open.

How do I remove OneDrive from my Mac without deleting files?

When you uninstall OneDrive desktop application from Mac, it does not delete your files. Therefore, choose one of the abovementioned methods for removing OneDrive and worry not about your files.

How to remove OneDrive from menu bar on Mac?

Click the OneDrive icon from the menu bar. Now, click the gear icon (Help & Settings) & choose Quit OneDrive. 

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