How to easily uninstall, delete and deactivate World of Warcraft

Find out how you can uninstall, delete and deactivate World of Warcraft
How to easily uninstall, delete and deactivate World of Warcraft

How to Uninstall, Delete Deactivate World of Warcraft

The minute it was released, World of Warcraft became a global hit, and it's still one of the most played MMORPGs, which is saying something since it has been around for a long time. Blizzard keeps the game up to date, and the company tries hard to offer the best gameplay experience for WoW fans. 

Speaking of which, they even released a WoW Classic edition that returns to the roots and offers almost the same experience the original game once did. Just like with most MMOs, it might be a bit dull for players to do the daily grind, and Life often gets in the way of the long raids and other group activities. This is why we will cover how you can uninstall, deactivate World of Warcraft, and delete your Blizzard Account.

How to uninstall World of Warcraft using the Windows Apps and Features page

The easiest way to remove any game (like removing Halo Infinite) or software from your computer is to use the good old Windows Control Panel settings. Here are the steps to completely delete World of Warcraft, whether it's Starter Edition or any other version, including Wow Classic.

  1. Click on the Start menu (or press the Windows button on the keyboard).
  2. Click on the gearwheel icon (Settings), which takes you to the Settings (Control Panel) window.
  3. Select the Apps menu
  4. Use the search bar to find World of Warcraft on the list of installed programs.
  5. Click the Uninstall button to uninstall the program for all users on that PC.
Windows Apps & Features page

How to uninstall World of Warcraft using Launcher

If you have other Blizzard games installed, you probably don't want to remove the whole bunch at once, so uninstalling the Launcher won't be a good solution. You can remove WoW separately, just as we've covered in our article about uninstalling Diablo 3.

  1. Launch Battle.Net and log in when prompted.
  2. Find World of Warcraft in the games' list.
  3. Next to the Play button, click on the Gearwheel.
  4. Select Uninstall.
  5. Confirm your decision to remove World of Warcraft, and in a few minutes, the process is done.
Uninstall World of Warcraft with Launcher

How to Delete a World of Warcraft Character

WoW offers several character options, and sometimes Blizzard releases new classes or enhances the gameplay for long-time favorites. In this case, you need to remove unused or inactive WoW characters to have a slot for a new one. It's pretty easy, and you need to follow our guidance:

  1. Launch the game and in the main menu, select the server you want the character to be deleted from.
  2. Select one of the inactive characters on the character selection screen, and click on the Delete Character button.
  3. To confirm, type DELETE in the pop-up window.
Delete WoW character

Fortunately, this is something you can undo if you change your mind. Depending on the level of the deleted character, you could restore it - toons above lvl 50 can be restored at any time.

How to cancel Your World of Warcraft subscription

If you are not ready to delete your whole account, you can simply just cancel your subscription. This you can keep the game progress and have access to it anytime, but you don't spend any money on it anymore.

  1. Log in to your Account, and go to the Games and Subscriptions page.
  2. Click the Manage button next to the account you want to cancel.
  3. Click Cancel Subscription
  4. If there is no button, you don't have a subscription. games and subscriptions page

How to delete your WoW account and Battle Net Account

WoW accounts are linked to the system, so to remove any of the WoW accounts you have, you should follow these steps.

  1. Visit the official website and log in to your account, or follow this link to the official guide.
  2. Open a support request ticket, or follow the link from the article.
  3. At the bottom of the page, confirm that you know what you are doing.
  4. You must enter the security code sent to your email to finalize your decision.
  5. Blizzard may request some form of identification from you to ensure you are the user and the account owner.
  6. Blizzard may take up to 30 days to completely remove WoW accounts and Blizzard accounts.
Request to Remove personal information on website.

You need to follow the steps above to delete your World of Warcraft account or remove you from the system. This works for WoW Starter Edition Account and regular World of Warcraft account owners.