How to uninstall League of Legends the right way (PC and MAC)
League of Legends is one of the most popular games in the world and it doesn't look like this MOBA is losing steam anytime soon. This doesn't come without problems however and there are a lot of reasons to stop playing League of Legends. Most of the problems here are seen in other online games too. League of Legends isn't immune to problems and all players are potentially at risk for them.Whether you're looking to take a break from League of Legends or wanting to quit altogether, there will be a time when you want to uninstall the game. Doing so is quite straightforward but it does depend on the PC operating system.Thankfully the game isn't tied to a launcher and it doesn't use the Riot Vanguard software released for Valorant. This means uninstalling League of Legends has nothing to do with Vanguard and won't disturb Valorant.
How to Uninstall League of Legends on Windows 10
While this is specific to Window 10, it's possible to uninstall League of Legends from any Windows operating system. The methods for all of them are similar thanks to the simplicity of how the game installs. It can be removed from the computer using the same method used for most software or games not installed through a client. This means to uninstall League of Legends on a Windows PC, the process is roughly the same regardless of the operating system.
- Go to the Start Menu and type in “Control Panel” for the search bar
- Open it
- Select Programs (or Programs and Features depending on the name of the option)
- If it was Programs then click through to Programs and Features
- Find League of Legends on the options list
- Right-click it then select Uninstall/Remove
Most players don't feel the need to do more beyond this to uninstall League of Legends. This will remove the bulk of the game from the computer but it could leave some small pieces behind. Not everyone is concerned about these things so most users don't go past this step when removing software from a computer. If this is a concern to you or you're running low on hard drive space then you'll want to take a look at the sections below the League of Legends Mac uninstall instructions.
How to Uninstall League of Legends on Mac
Using a Mac is more awkward when it comes to uninstalling software manually. This is why many users prefer installing software to do this for them. Software such as App Cleaner are specifically designed to do things such as this. When it comes to manually removing software such as games from a Mac then you'll want to do this:
- Open the Applications folder and find League of Legends
- Drag it into the Trash then click Empty Trash
- At the top of the screen, click Go then Go to Folder or you can press this shortcut: ⌘+⇧+G
- It will bring up a box so you can access the hidden Library folder by typing or pasting things into the text box. You'll need to find and delete several files.These are the two full lines to copy and paste into the search bar one at a time:~Library/Application Support/Riot Games
~Library/Saved Application State/com.riotgames.LeagueofLegends.LoLPatcher.savedState
- Drop all of those files into the Trash then click Empty Trash
Confirming that League of Legends is gone
Once you've completed the above steps for your operating system, you should have been able to successfully uninstall League of Legends. When uninstalling software, things can sometimes be left behind just like how installing software can sometimes go a bit wrong and not install everything it needs.For Mac, the above steps will remove everything from the computer. This is why it's especially important to finish all of the steps to make sure there's nothing unwanted taking up space on the computer. There are some other potential steps you'll want to take when it comes to a Windows PC so you can be sure there's nothing left over.
Delete any old setup files you used to install the game
This is important for some software that's installed without a client since these normally install some kind of installer onto the computer first. This is common for bigger installations, especially ones from large companies such as Riot Games.To do this you'll want to search the Start Menu search bar again and see if something comes up. If not, check your desktop properly for a potential installer then be sure to take a good look through the directory where League of Legends was installed. The directory means the hard drive it was installed to which is usually the C drive by default. Ensure its all been uninstalled, removed or deleted from the computer.
Restart the PC
While you shouldn't have any trouble after ensure it's all deleted, restarting the computer should fix any remaining issues. Restarting devices is a classic fix for a lot of tech problems and in the case of uninstalling games, it works here too. Restarting the PC will ensure that all changes have taken effect and that the computer starts up again free from League of Legends.Once you've checked to make sure all old files for League of Legends have been deleted, it's a good idea to restart the PC. This is a good protocol for removing large installations to ensure there's nothing else hidden on the computer which will be eating up your hard drive space. It helps keep your PC clean of unneeded software.Knowing how to uninstall League of Legends is important even if you don't intend to do this yet since issues can arise from the game. When problems occur, one good solution is to reinstall the game which requires a full uninstallation of League of Legends.
How to Reinstall League of Legends
If your attempt to uninstall League of Legends went well and you were able to remove the files then you'll be able to reinstall League of Legends just fine. Downloading the game again should go just like the first time since it will be like a brand new install. Reinstalling League of Legends is a simple process thanks to how east installing the game is. Currently, it doesn't need to use a launcher so you can install the game alone without needing to download or install any other software as well.
- Download the latest version of League of Legends from the official website
- Run the League of Legends Exe to download the updated version so the setup files will be placed into a new folder
- When the files have downloaded, the installation process will automatically start
- Once the installation has completed, the launcher will open automatically and you're ready to play
If you need to manually open the launcher then you just need to double click on the League of Legends shortcut on the desktop. Should there not be one on the desktop then you should find one in the Start Menu. If there isn't a shortcut then go to the directory the game was installed, right-click it and make a shortcut then cut and paste that shortcut to your desktop.
How to Reset your Configuration Folder
Reinstalling League of Legends should mean you still have all of your old in-game settings ready for use. This is great for most players but not everyone. So, if you're someone who doesn't benefit from this then you'll want to reset your configuration. Doing this will set your game back to default settings to remove any in-game or client settings you've assigned to League of Legends.Here's what you need to do to reset your League of Legends configuration:
- Launch League of Legends and log into your account
- Minimize the game (don't close it) and open the League of Legend install folderThis is the default:C:\Riot Games\League of Legends
- Delete the Config folder
- Return to the game and launch a custom game which will create a new config folder
The entire process to uninstall League of Legends or reinstall the game is pretty simple and straight-forwards. There are various reasons why someone would want to uninstall League of Legends from their computer. All of them are valid and it's a good idea to ensure all of the files are removed to ensure League of Legends hasn't left anything behind.Windows and Mac computers use two different methods to fully remove the game from the computer. To uninstall League of Legends on a Mac is slightly more complicated due to the nature of how the system works.You'll need to access the hidden Libraries and the best way to find all the League of Legends files is to use the directory links we listed above. This should remove all frustration when deleting the game from a Mac computer which is notoriously awkward at times.Those on a Windows PC shouldn't have any trouble removing League of Legends from the device however, it might be worth searching through the directory folders too. Looking through the folders is a good way to remove any residue files that might be missed during the uninstallation.