If you’re into gaming, you may have used Discord, a free messaging app with versatile communication options.
With more than 100 million monthly active users, many of whom aren’t gamers, it’s one of the most popular apps across different platforms and operating systems.
You may rarely use the app or want to opt for another messaging app and delete it entirely from your device.
In this post, we’ll show you how to do that.
How to Uninstall Discord
As a versatile messaging app, Discord works on many platforms and operating systems.
Here’s how you can uninstall it from mainstream platforms and devices:
1. Uninstall Discord on Windows
After you install Discord, it automatically enables autorun by going into Windows startup.
Before uninstalling the program, you want to disable its autorun and make sure it’s not running in the background.
You can do that through Discord itself or your Windows settings.
For the first method, open User Settings and find the Windows Setting tab.
Locate Startup Behavior and disable Open Discord.
To disable Discord through Windows settings, press Ctrl+Shift+ESC to start the Task Manager.
Click on the Startup tab, locate Discord and click on Disable.
Now make sure the app isn’t running in the background.
Otherwise, Windows may not let you uninstall it.
If it’s running in the background, you can see the icon on your taskbar located in the lower right corner of your screen.
There’s also an arrow on the left side of the notification area.
It hides the apps that run in the background in an expandable pane.
Click on the arrow to see if you find the Discord icon.
If it’s there, right-click on it and choose Quit Discord.
Now you can uninstall the app.
On Windows 10, right-click on the start button in the screen’s lower-left corner.
Find “Apps and Features,” the first option on the list.
Another way to find the program is to look for it in the search box next to the search button on the bottom left corner.
Next to the search bar, there’s a circle-shaped icon: Cortana, the Windows virtual assistant.
You can type “Apps and Features” in the search box or tell Cortana to open the window.
If you’re using an older version of Windows, you should search and find “Add or Remove Programs” in the control panel.
By clicking on Apps and Features, you’ll see the settings window with the “search this list” field.
You can find any program on your computer by typing its name in this box.
Find Discord and click on its name to see your options.
Locate the Uninstall button and click on it.
You’ll see a popup window that prompts you to confirm your action.
2. Uninstall Discord on Mac
Like Windows, you should also make sure Discord isn’t running in the background on your Mac.
Find the Discord icon in the screen’s upper right corner.
Right-click on the icon and click “Quit Discord.”
Find the application folder by clicking the “finder” app, located in the Dock.
The Dock looks like a blue and white face.
Another way to open “Finder” is to press Shift + Command + A.
Select “Applications” to see all the programs installed on your computer.
Find the Discord icon in the application folder.
Deleting applications on MacOS is pretty straightforward.
You can do it by dragging and dropping the icon on the trash folder.
To make sure the app is permanently removed from your computer, right-click on the trash folder and choose “Empty Trash.”
Alternatively, you could open the trash folder and find the Discord icon.
Right-click on the icon to open the drop-down menu.
To permanently remove the app, click “Delete Immediately” and then the “Delete” button in the confirmation popup.
After deleting the app permanently, you need to clear all the cache and residual files belonging to Discord.
Open Finder and select “Go” from the menu bar.
Then select “Go to Folder” and type ~/Library.
This is a folder that contains some of the files related to Discord.
Once there, open Application Support, Caches, Preferences, and Log, to see if there are any files related to Discord inside them.
Delete all the files to make sure there’s nothing left related to Discord.
3. Uninstall Discord on iPhone or iPad
Uninstalling Discord on your iPhone is as easy as finding it among your applications.
The app’s icon is a white gamepad surrounded by a blue circle.
It’s either on the home screen or your app folder.
Tap and hold the icon until you see an X on the left-hand corner of your app icons.
Tapping the X on the Discord app icon will uninstall it and delete all its components from your device.
You’ll see a popup window asking you to confirm your action by choosing “Delete” or “Cancel.”
By hitting “Delete,” you’ll permanently remove the app and its contents from your iPad or iPhone.
4. Uninstall Discord on Android
You can find the Discord app in the apps tray by swiping up the home button.
The apps are in alphabetical order, so it’s easy to find the icon of a blue circle with a white gamepad inside it.
By tapping and holding the icon, you’ll see that you can move around the icon on the screen.
An Uninstall tab will appear while you’re holding the app icon.
It’s usually on the top right corner of the screen.
On some devices, it may be on the bottom or either side.
Other devices may show a popup window with the Uninstall button on it.
Drag the app icon onto the Uninstall button to delete Discord and all its contents.
You may get a confirmation popup to finish the deleting process.
Tap OK to uninstall the app from your android device.
What to do if Discord Won’t Uninstall on Windows
Occasionally, Discord can be a stubborn app that won’t go away easily.
You may fail to uninstall the app, despite trying several times.
Sometimes you can uninstall the program, but the app or its contents remain on the system at an unknown location.
If you try to delete the app again, Windows won’t let you do it because it’s not in that location.
To fix the problem, you could do the following:
1. Clear the Discord Cache
Uninstalling the app may not delete its cache from your computer.
Many experts recommend keeping the cache intact if you want to reinstall the app sometime later.
If you want to completely purge Discord-related files, clear the cache.
The cache may be the culprit that doesn’t allow you to uninstall the app in the first place.
Therefore, you need to make sure everything related to the app is gone.
Type “AppData” in the Windows search box and open the folder.
Open the “Roaming” folder and find “Discord.”
Delete the folder by right-clicking it.
You should also delete Discord under Local.
Go back to the AppData folder and click Local.
Find the “Discord” folder and delete it from there as well.
Restart your computer and make sure there are no remaining Discord files on your computer.
Note: The AppData folder may be in the hidden folders, and you can’t find it in the search process.
To make it visible, open the C drive, click “View” on the top left side of the screen.
Locate the “Hidden Items” or “Hidden Apps and Folders” option and tick the box.
This way, you’ll see the AppData folder.
2. Delete the App from the Control Panel
Sometimes when you delete Discord from Apps and Features, it stays in the control panel or the other way round.
Check both of these sections and make sure there’s no Discord folder there.
If you see the folder, manually remove it.
3. Delete Discord Registry Keys
Sometimes clearing cache isn’t enough, and you should delete the registry keys, too.
Search “Regedit” in the Windows search box, launch the editor, and find Discord by following: HKEY_CURRENT_USER\Software\Discord.
Delete the Discord folder by right-clicking it and then restart the PC.
Another way to go about this is to follow this path:
Go to File > Export > Entire registry to get a backup copy of your registry.
After choosing the save location, format, and filename, save the backup.
Then, hit Ctrl + F and search Discord to see all the Discord registry items.
Select one item, right-click on it, and hit Delete and confirm.
Go to the next item using the F3 key and do the same to delete the file.
Repeat for all the files until the registry folder for Discord is empty.
Note: To make sure the registry item belongs to Discord, double click on each item. If the name “ِDiscord” is present, you can safely delete it.
4. Use an Uninstaller Application
If you still can’t delete Discord, an uninstaller application can get the job done clutter-free.
These tools make sure every file and belonging to Discord gets detected and deleted.
Plus, they detect all the Discord references in your file system and registry and uninstall them.
They have many extra features, such as file shredding, managing backup, and restore options.
One trustworthy tool to uninstall Discord or any other program is Revo Uninstaller.
It has a “Hunter Mode” that does many more things in addition to uninstalling.
It lets you view the software’s installation folder, stop the program from running on startup, and kill the process.
IObit Uninstaller is another useful tool that lets you uninstall programs in batches and removes all residual data by scanning leftover and registry files.
It also lets you know if there’s an update for any of your installed programs.
You can create a system restore point before uninstalling the program.
This way, if anything goes wrong, you can simply restore your Windows to it’s previous state.
Finally, Windows itself has a program that fixes common uninstallation issues.
The program can handle issues caused by corrupted registry keys and those that don’t allow you to install or uninstall programs.
5. Check for Malware
Some viruses and malware will install programs on your PC without you realizing it.
Thus, to make sure the programs don’t get deleted, the virus won’t let you uninstall your programs.
That could be why you can’t delete Discord.
Scan your PC for any virus or malware to make sure it’s not infected.
How to Delete Better Discord?
Discord comes with an enhancement module called Better Discord that offers many fancy features such as themes, emotes, plugins, and display modes.
If you want to go with the original app instead of its enhancement module, you may choose to delete it.
To uninstall Better Discord, you have to delete the original Discord app, too.
Follow the steps outlined above and clear all the cache and remaining files before installing Discord again.