How to Uninstall Discord

Although it's compatible with most beloved operating systems and is famed for its gamer-centered voice and text chat features, even Discord isn't the end-all, be-all of online communication. Some users who want to remove Discord may struggle at identifying all of its components, not all of which remove themselves during a traditional uninstall routine. For them, experts provide some tips on getting rid of Discord conveniently and, even more importantly, comprehensively.

Before starting, make sure that Discord isn't open. Close it as appropriate and check the system's memory for any Discord-related background processes (using either the Task Manager in Windows or the Activity Monitor in macOS).

Windows users should begin by uninstalling the Discord program in the usual way. There are several ways of accomplishing this procedure in the Windows UI:

  • Click Start, find the Discord shortcut on the right-side menu, right-click it, and choose Uninstall.
  • Otherwise, type 'Add or remove programs' in the taskbar and click the result to go to 'Apps & features.' Scroll down to find Discord, click it, and choose Uninstall.
  • As a third option, open the Control Panel. Select the 'Uninstall a program' link under 'Programs.' Scroll down to Discord, right-click it, and Uninstall.

Once you've done the above, you can remove Discord's temporary files and Registry entries. For the files, delete these folders:

C:\Users\(user's account name)\AppData\Local\Discord

C:\Users\(user's account name)\AppData\Local\Discord

The second directory in each location varies its name with the Windows user's account's name.

Users should be highly cautious about editing the Registry, and experts recommend creating a backup (possible through the Registry Editor's File-Export feature) before doing so. Deleting the wrong entries may harm other programs, including the Windows operating system. If you're ready to remove Discord's Registry entries, open the Registry Editor application, select Edit and then Find. Enter 'Discord,' and search for and delete all entries with that text.

In a macOS environment, the routine for uninstalling software like Discord is slightly different. As with the Windows solution, begin with removing the primary program. Open Finder and go to its Applications. Scroll down to Discord and either drag it to the Trash or right-click and choose the Move to Trash option. You also may empty the Trash to confirm the action, but it will clean itself of content older than thirty days.

Although macOS users don't need to worry about Registry editing, there are some additional files from the installation that they can clean up. Open the Library folder; one quick way of doing so is opening Finder, choosing the Go to Folder option, typing '~/Library,' and pressing enter. Search the Application Support, Caches, Logs, and Preferences sub-folders for all Discord folders and files and delete them.

Users also may experience second thoughts about Better Discord – a module that adds features to the Discord application. Currently, Better Discord overwrites default components so that users must uninstall Discord with Better Discord. They can then reinstall the 'vanilla' Discord version.

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