How To Get Rid Of Onedrive Personal

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Removing OneDrive Personal can be challenging, but by following a few straightforward steps, you can create more space and uninstall it from your device. As someone who has struggled with organizing storage and optimizing my workflow, I can relate to the annoyance of having unnecessary applications. In this article, I will walk you through the steps of removing OneDrive Personal and share some personal tips.

What is OneDrive Personal?

OneDrive Personal is a cloud storage service provided by Microsoft. It allows users to store and share files, photos, and more across multiple devices. While it can be a useful tool for some, it may not suit everyone’s needs. If you find yourself not using OneDrive Personal or prefer other cloud storage options, removing it can help to declutter your system and free up valuable storage space.

Step 1: Signing out of OneDrive Personal

The first step in getting rid of OneDrive Personal is to sign out of the application. This will disconnect your device from your OneDrive account and prevent any syncing from occurring. To sign out, follow these steps:

  1. Open the OneDrive Personal application on your device.
  2. Click on the profile icon or your account name, usually located in the top-right corner of the screen.
  3. Select “Sign out” or a similar option from the dropdown menu.

Signing out of OneDrive Personal ensures that no new files will be synced to your device and prepares you for the next steps.

Step 2: Unlinking OneDrive Personal from File Explorer

Now that you’re signed out of OneDrive Personal, it’s time to remove it from File Explorer. Here’s how:

  1. Open File Explorer on your device.
  2. In the left-hand navigation panel, right-click on “OneDrive Personal” or a similar name.
  3. Select “Settings” or “Properties” from the dropdown menu.
  4. In the window that appears, navigate to the “General” tab.
  5. Click on the “Unlink account” or “Disconnect” button.

This will remove the OneDrive Personal folder from File Explorer and prevent any future syncing from occurring.

Step 3: Uninstalling OneDrive Personal

With OneDrive Personal unlinked from File Explorer, the final step is to uninstall the application itself. Here’s how:

  1. Open the “Control Panel” on your device.
  2. Navigate to “Programs” or “Programs and Features”.
  3. Locate “OneDrive Personal” or a similar name in the list of installed programs.
  4. Right-click on “OneDrive Personal” and select “Uninstall” or “Remove”.
  5. Follow the on-screen prompts to complete the uninstallation process.

By uninstalling OneDrive Personal, you have successfully removed the application from your device.


Getting rid of OneDrive Personal may require a few steps, but it’s a worthwhile process if you no longer find it useful or prefer alternative cloud storage options. By signing out, unlinking it from File Explorer, and uninstalling the application, you can declutter your system and regain valuable storage space.

Remember, everyone’s storage and workflow preferences are different, so it’s essential to find what works best for you. Whether that’s using a different cloud storage service or relying on local storage, the choice is yours. Happy decluttering!