How to Uninstall Razer Synapse

Razer Inc. is noteworthy for its line of often-flashy gaming peripheral devices, including keyboards and mice. Although gaming 'power users' may find many benefits from the added features, others might consider them overrated or detrimental due to added complications like network connectivity requirements. Users who want to uninstall Razer Synapse software, which handles these products' configuration through a cloud service, should be able to do so without losing access to their peripheral devices. However, a thorough uninstall routine requires a few more steps than more basic programs need.

To start, macOS users should open the Terminal (it's in the Utilities section of Finder). Enter the following commands, one at a time:

launchctl remove com.razerzone.rzdeviceengine
launchctl remove com.razer.rzupdater
sudo rm /Library/LaunchAgents/com.razerzone.rzdeviceengine.plist
sudo rm /Library/LaunchAgents/com.razer.rzupdater.plist

Note that you may need to provide your administrator credentials. Then, go back to Finder, and open Applications. Scroll down to Razer Synapse and right-click it to 'Move to Trash.' You also may click and drag it there.

Go back to the Terminal and enter these commands:

sudo rm -rf /Library/Application\ Support/Razer/
rm -rf ~/Library/Application\ Support/Razer/

Users who are uncomfortable with using the Terminal can ignore these steps, if preferable. Leaving these files on the computer won't harm it, but cleaning up after leftover installation components helps optimize drive space.

In Windows, if Razer Synapse is open, close it by right-clicking its icon in the taskbar and choosing 'close Razer Synapse.' There are several ways of uninstalling the primary Razer Synapse software in Windows. A quick solution is typing 'Add or remove programs' in the taskbar and clicking the result, which opens System Settings. Scroll down to Razer Synapse (there is a search field if necessary), select it with left-click, and choose Uninstall. Other ways of achieving the same action include going through the Control Panel's Programs section or right-clicking the Razer Synapse program's Start shortcut and choosing Uninstall from there.

Although these steps uninstall the software, there also are remaining components that perfectionists may prefer deleting. To delete the remaining Razer Synapse files, open the File Explorer. Select 'This PC' and search in the upper-right field for any 'Razer' files or folders. The results should show all remaining files and folders that the uninstall routine didn't remove; delete them as preferred.

Lastly, Windows users may consider cleaning their Registry. Since this step is sensitive, and the wrong edits may harm Windows, experts recommend that users back their Registry up first. Open the Registry Editor, click the File menu, and select Export. This step creates a manual backup for recovery as needed. Click the Computer icon on the left. Hold Ctrl+F together to open a text-finding window. Type 'Razer' and search for all keys, data, and values. As with before, delete the results – but be careful not to delete any other Registry entries.

Users who aren't comfortable with altering the Registry should feel free to leave it alone since unused Registry entries don't harm the computer or significantly impact performance.