How to Uninstall VALORANT, 3 Easy Steps

It's time to get rid of this game… and then download it again tomorrow.

Anwell Patdu
Anwell Patdu - CS2 & Valorant Expert
3 Min Read

There are plenty of reasons why a Valorant player might want to uninstall the game. Uninstalling and reinstalling the game can help solve plenty of issues like corrupted files or installation errors. You can also uninstall it if you want to move it to a different drive. Of course, the most obvious reason to uninstall Valorant is to quit the game for good.

We’re here to help you out whether you want to uninstall Valorant to fix issues, change installation locations, or quit the game for good. Here’s how to completely uninstall Valorant in 3 quick steps.


Close Vanguard

The first thing you have to do is to close Riot Vanguard. Vanguard is Riot Games’ own anti-cheat software that always runs in the background. It automatically gets installed when you download Valorant. You can’t launch the game without it, which is why it’s one of the most common Valorant errors people run into.

Follow these quick steps to close Vanguard:

  • Go to your system tray and find the Riot Vanguard icon.
  • Right-click on Vanguard and select Exit Vanguard.
A photo showing how to exit Vanguard.
  • A confirmation message should appear asking if you want to turn off Riot Vanguard. Select Yes to proceed.


Uninstall Vanguard

The next thing you have to do is to uninstall Riot Vanguard. It’s best to uninstall it before you delete Valorant since it can cause some issues with your system. It might also be a bit difficult to uninstall Vanguard once Valorant is gone from your program files.

Here’s how to uninstall Vanguard:

  • Click on the Windows search bar, type in Add or Remove programs, and select the first result.
  • Once you’re in your installed apps, scroll down and find Riot Vanguard.
  • Click on the three dots right next to the Riot Vanguard app, select Uninstall, then click on Uninstall again.
A photo showing how to uninstall Riot Vanguard.
  • A pop-up message should appear confirming that you want to uninstall Vanguard. Click on Yes to proceed.


Uninstall Valorant

Now, let’s move on to how to uninstall Valorant. The process is pretty simple and will be familiar to you if you’ve uninstalled apps like Steam, Discord, and games, among others.

Don’t worry if you haven’t, though. You can simply follow these steps to find out how to delete Valorant.

  • Click on your search bar, type in Add or remove programs, then press enter.
A photo searching for add or remove programs.
  • Wait for all your installed apps to load, and then find Valorant from the list.
  • Click on the three dots across the Valorant icon, select Uninstall, then click on Uninstall from the pop-up message that appears.
  • A Riot Games uninstall window should appear. Just wait for it to finish and then click on Done to exit.
A photo showing how to uninstall Valorant.

That’s pretty much it. You have now successfully uninstalled Valorant from your PC.

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By Anwell Patdu CS2 & Valorant Expert
Hey, awesome game enthusiasts! I'm Anwell, diving into the gaming world from the days of the Game Boy Advance SP with Pokémon FireRed, evolving into a pro strategist in the intense showdowns of Valorant and CS2. It's a thrill ride I never want to get off!But hey, I'm not all about the competitive scene. Sometimes I'm kickin' back with the latest indie farming sims, where my farm designs—though not award-winners—bring a quirky kind of peace.As for the tech side, yeah, I've put together a PC or two, and it's a blast. But let’s park that for now; we're all about the gaming vibes here!All this joystick joy turned me into a wordsmith in the gaming universe, with a sea of articles to my credit. And the journey, with you all by my side, just keeps leveling up. So, stay tuned, stay connected, and let’s keep this game-night rolling! Ready for more action and less talk? Onward to our next virtual adventure!
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