Asya Karapetyan
Content marketer, who specializes in Mac how-to guides
18/07/2021
5 minutes to read

If you need to uninstall OneDrive from your Mac, follow this complete removal guide. We will provide a step-by-step guide on how to correctly and completely remove OneDrive from a Mac computer.

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Important notes about uninstalling OneDrive from Mac

  • Removal of the OneDrive application from Mac will not delete the OneDrive account and your files in the storage.
  • Before uninstalling OneDrive you should disconnect your account.
  • 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.
  • Before writing this article, we uninstalled OneDrive using the removal steps provided on the Microsoft Community. Then we checked Mac’s disk for OneDrive remaining files with the help of App Cleaner & Uninstaller and discovered some leftovers.
  • In this article, we will provide a complete guide on how to entirely remove OneDrive, so that no service files remain on your Mac.

What is OneDrive and does it use space on a Mac hard drive?

OneDrive is a free online service from Microsoft that allows you to store files from your computer’s hard drive in cloud-based storage. It is considered to store, synchronize and share all kinds of files with other users and devices through the Internet in a convenient way.

All cloud storage, including OneDrive, sync the content and by default stores it on your Mac. However, OneDrive provides an option Files On-Demand. This option allows you to view all files in Finder but store them online. As a result, online-only files in OneDrive will not take up your hard drive’s space. With this option, you can add files to OneDrive cloud storage from any device, and they will appear in Finder as online-only files. When you’re connected to the Internet, you can open and view online-only files like any other file on your Mac.

You can turn on and turn off the Files On-Demand option in the OneDrive preferences.

OneDrive Preferences showing where to turn on Files On-Demand option

Should I uninstall OneDrive from my Mac?

Any application takes up space on a Mac. By default, OneDrive synchronizes files and stores them on a Mac’s hard drive. You can use the Files on-Demand feature in OneDrive to store files online only.

If you have a lack of free space on your Mac, you should clean up your disk from all unneeded applications, files and junk. If you don’t use OneDrive and don’t need files stored in OneDrive to regularly work with them, you can uninstall the OneDrive desktop application and free up space on your Mac. Note, when you uninstall OneDrive, files in the cloud storage will not be removed. However, don’t forget to first disconnect your account.

Below, we will explain how to correctly and entirely remove OneDrive from Mac.


How to remove OneDrive from Mac without deleting files

By default, when you uninstall the OneDrive desktop application from your Mac, it doesn’t remove the OneDrive folder in Finder. However, before you uninstall OneDrive, please quit OneDrive.

Here is how to disconnect OneDrive on Mac:

  1. Click on the OneDrive icon in the menu bar.
  2. Click on Settings & Help.
  3. Select Quit OneDrive and confirm the action.
OneDrive drop menu showing where to quit the app
popup message asking to quit OneDrive

How to uninstall OneDrive entirely with a few clicks

To completely and easily uninstall OneDrive from your Mac, use a free application App Cleaner & Uninstaller. This uninstaller automatically finds all support files of each application and helps to entirely get rid of unused applications on a Mac.

Steps on how to uninstall OneDrive using App Cleaner & Uninstaller:

  1. Quit OneDrive.
  2. Download and launch App Cleaner & Uninstaller.
  3. Select OneDrive and click the Uninstall button.
  4. Review the OneDrive files and confirm the removal.
uninstalling OneDrive with App Cleaner

You can enable the Expert mode to preview all OneDrive hidden files before removal. uninstalling OneDrive with App Cleaner Uninstaller in Expert mode

If you have already removed OneDrive manually, you can check your Mac for its remaining files. For this, switch to the Remaining files section, where you will find all leftovers of previously removed applications on your Mac.

App Cleaner & uninstaller showing OneDrive remaining files

Note, App Cleaner & Uninstaller provides Free and Pro modes. You can uninstall the application completely with both of them.

However, the Pro mode allows you to do it in the quickest way possible. In one of our previous articles, you can read more about the difference between Free and Pro versions of the uninstaller.


How to manually uninstall OneDrive on Mac

Wrong but described on official Microsoft help page:

“Just drag the OneDrive app to the Trash.”

Remember, that when you drag applications to the Trash, their support files remain on your Mac and take up your valuable disk space. It is important to find and remove all the hidden service files of the application for a complete uninstallation. We will explain how to manually find all support files of OneDrive on Mac.

Steps on how to manually uninstall OneDrive from Mac:

  1. Quit OneDrive.
    For this, go to the menu bar → click OneDrive icon→ Help & Settings → select Quit OneDrive → confirm the action
  2. Verify that OneDrive processes are not running.
    Make sure there are no running background processes related to OneDrive. For this, open a default Apple applications Activity Monitor, if you see any processes connected to OneDrive, select them and click to close them.
  3. Remove OneDrive from the Applications folder. removing OneDrive from teh Applications folder
  4. Find and remove OneDrive’s service files.
    OneDrive support files are stored in the system Library folder. To get to the Library, open Finder and press the Command+Shift+G key combination. Type ~/Library in the search field and hit Go. Go to the Folder search field
  5. Check the folders below for all files associated with OneDrive. Remove leftovers of OneDrive from these folders:

    • ~/Library/Application Support/
    • ~/Library/Containers/
    • ~/Library/Caches/
    • ~/Library/Preferences/
    • ~/Library/Cookies/
    • ~/Library/Logs/
    • ~/Library/LaunchAgents/
    OneDrive cache files

Please note, some applications can scatter their support files across numerous subfolders in Finder. You can use the free tool from Nektony called Funter to find hidden files on a Mac by a file name. In the screenshot below, we showed all of the files associated with OneDrive we discovered with Funter.

Funter showing the list of OneDrive support files As you can see, manual search for applications’ service files is time-consuming. Also, if you accidentally remove other important files, this might damage your system. That’s why we recommend using App Cleaner & Uninstaller, designed to completely and safely uninstall applications on a Mac in less than a minute.

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