Discord Be Gone: How to Completely Uninstall Discord from Your Windows PC

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Written by: Alex Popa


Discord Be Gone: How to Completely Uninstall Discord from Your Windows PC

Have you finally had enough of Discord and want to wipe your computer clean of any traces of it? I specialize in this type of thing, you see.

Follow my instructions and Discord will become an afterthought:

  1. Close Discord from the Hidden Icons menu or the Task Manager
  2. Open Control Panel and Uninstall Discord
  3. Delete leftover files from %localappdata%
  4. Delete leftover Discord files from %appdata%

If the last two steps seem a bit confusing, don’t worry, I’ll guide you through them below, so keep reading!

Summary: This article offers comprehensive instructions on how to completely uninstall Discord from a Windows PC.

The process includes closing Discord via the Hidden Icons menu or Task Manager, uninstalling it through the Control Panel, and removing leftover files from the %localappdata% and %appdata% folders.

With step-by-step instructions and accompanying screenshots, this guide ensures that you can effectively remove all traces of Discord from your computer.
How to Uninstall Discord Completely from a Windows PC

How to Uninstall Discord Completely from Your Computer?

Follow my instructions to uninstall Discord and delete all leftover files from your computer:

1. Close it from the Hidden Icons menu or the Task Manager

If you’ve recently opened Discord, it’s still in the background, which means it needs to be closed first.

If you haven’t, then skip this step.

You can either use the Task Manager or the Hidden Icons menu to do this:

Image showing Windows Task Manager
Windows Task Manager

The Hidden Icons lie in the bottom-right corner of your Task Bar, under the little arrow pointing upwards (check the screenshot above). Click that to reveal the icons.

Image showing Windows Task Manager opened with the Discord icon highlighted
Quit Discord

You should see the Discord icon among them, if you’ve recently opened it.

Right-click on it and select “Quit Discord”.

Alternatively, you can use Task Manager by pressing Ctrl+Alt+Delete and selecting Task Manager from the list.

Image of an opened Task Manager on Windows.
Quit Discord in Task Manager

Close down all instances of Discord from the list by right-clicking and selecting “End Task“.

2. Open Control Panel and Uninstall Discord

Now, the uninstallation part… You’ll need to open the Control Panel or the Settings in Windows 10 and onward.

Click on your Windows icon (bottom-left corner) and select the cogwheel icon to open the Settings.

Windows Cogwheel Icon
Windows Cogwheel Icon

Once you do that, the “Control Panel” (former name) will open and show you a list of options.

Look for the “Apps” option (see below) and select it.

Windows Apps
Windows Apps

That’s where you’ll find your apps list, which will also contain Discord.

Uninstalling Discord from Windows
Uninstalling Discord from Windows

Use the search bar at the top of the app list to look for Discord, and once you find it, click on it. This will reveal two options – “Modify” and “Uninstall“.

Select “Uninstall” and go through the process.

At this point, you might think you’re done, but you’re not. Sorry to disappoint. There’s still a step left…

3. Delete leftover files from %localappdata%

Windows retains some files from uninstalled apps that you will need to delete manually, and the same happens for Discord.

These files are kept in the “%localappdata%” Discord folder on your computer.

To get there, use your Windows search box to search for it.

%localappdata% Discord folder
%localappdata% Discord folder

Type in “%localappdata%” and hit Enter to start the search.

Right-click on it and click on Delete.

Deleting Discord folder on Windows
Deleting the Discord folder on Windows

Once you open the folder, scroll through it and find “Discord“, then right-click and select “Delete“.

That’s not all, though. You still have one more step before deleting Discord completely (this will be over soon).

4. Delete leftover Discord files from %appdata%

Do the same as before. Search for %appdata% in the Windows search bar.

When you get there, look for the Discord folder, right-click on it, and click Delete.

Deleting Discord from a folder on Windows.
Deleting Discord

NOW you’re done. There are no traces left of Discord on your computer. Even the NSA would have a hard time finding any.


Regardless of why you want to uninstall Discord, it’s good to delete all leftover files from your computer.

This way, you’ll prevent any errors when you install it next.

To uninstall Discord completely, go to Control Panel – Uninstall Discord.

Then, go to %localappdata% and %appdata%, and delete both Discord folders in both locations.

That’s all! Uninstalling Discord is this simple but if you were stumped by any of the steps, please let me know in the comments below so I can help you!

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Alex Popa

My name is Alex and I have a knack for social media in all its shapes and forms. I’ve dealt with such things for quite some time and I noticed that many people have issues with social media and technicalities.

Unforeseen errors, bugs, and other problems make their use of social media problematic. These things will be discussed amply in the guides on Whizcase.

I'll present the facts as they are, and offer quick and easy solutions for them.

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