While League of Legends is one of the most popular games by Riot Entertainment played today, this MOBA online game doesn’t seem to be for everyone.
Maybe you’ve installed the game to give it a whirl and it just wasn’t for you, so now you want to uninstall it from your device.
League of Legends might be a little trickier to uninstall than most other games. Because you have to install the game through the Garena client, you might end up encountering a couple of problems or errors on the way.
We’re here to help guide gamers through the process of how to uninstall League of Legends completely without a hitch and offer you a guide on how to work through any possible difficulties retiring League players might run into. So, let’s jump right into it.
Uninstalling League of Legends on Windows OS
You shouldn’t have too much difficulty uninstalling League of Legends off of your Windows OS device, as it’s very simple to do, but there are some possible hurdles you might face.
We’re here to help guide you through our step-by-step uninstall process to make sure you get League of Legends uninstalled without a hitch.
Method 1: Via Programs and Features
Now we recommend doing this first, as this is the most basic process to uninstalling League, and can easily be done for both Windows Vista and Windows 7, as well as Windows 8, Windows 8.1, and Windows 10.
This is the simplest and most straightforward method to uninstall League of Legends and even other software.
On Windows Vista and Windows 7, you’ll need to open your Start menu, then type in the search bar “programs and files” and click on the results.
On Windows 8 and Windows 10, open the WinX menu by holding the Windows key and X key down, then select Programs and Features.
Once the window is open, all you’ll need to do is search for League of Legends on the list, click on it and select “Uninstall” to begin the uninstallation process.
Method 2: Via the uninstaller.exe
When you install a new program onto your laptop, it normally comes with a .exe uninstaller file.
This file can typically be found in the installation folder for the specific program in question, in our case, in the League of Legends folder, and is titled “uninstall.exe” or something similar of the sort.
All you have to do is double-click the uninstaller file and follow the instructions that pop up in the wizard to uninstall League of Legends from your computer.
Method 3: Via System Restore
Using the System Restore method is a great way to completely get rid of pesky programs that don’t uninstall properly.
What it does is completely restore your system to a previous state it had been in, but this shouldn’t be done unless necessary, because any drivers or programs installed after the selected date may not work properly or need to be reinstalled again.
Close all files and programs that are currently open or running in the background of your League of Legends Laptop, right-click on “Computer” and select “Properties”.
Once the window pops up, look for “System Protection” and click on it. Select “System Restore” and the window will come up.
Select “Choose a Different Restore Point” and click “Next”. A window should pop up with previous dates and times you can select. Once you’ve selected your date and time, click on “Next”.
Click on “Finish” when the “Confirm your restore point” pop-up window appears and select “Yes” to confirm again.
Note that any programs and drivers that have been installed after your selected date and time may need to be reinstalled again, as they might not work properly.
Method 4: Via an Antivirus
Now if League of Legends really won’t uninstall properly, there’s a chance that the program you might have installed might have been malware.
Malware, like other unwanted programs or adware, can be quite stubborn and difficult to get rid of.
There are Antivirus programs out there that will help you get rid of any unwanted software, programs or files that have been infected by some type of spyware, malware, trojans, and the like.
Method 5: Via Reinstall League of Legends to Uninstall
Another more uncommon, but still very plausible hurdle you might face when uninstalling League of Legends is that a crucial file to the uninstallation process for League is corrupted or missing.
If this is the case, then you might have to install League of Legends again from its installer file. If you still have it, just double-click on it, and if you don’t, you simply need to redownload the installer once more.
Uninstalling League of Legends on Mac
There are two ways to uninstall League of Legends on a Mac, and both methods are also very simple to do. Whether you do it manually or through CleanMyMac X, we’re here to guide you through it.
Method 1: Via manual uninstallation
There are four very simple steps to follow to uninstall League of Legends manually from your Mac. Simply open your Applications folder and find League of Legends on the list. Drag this file to the Trash and empty your Trash folder.
While this does get rid of League of Legends, to completely remove the leftover files from your Mac, you’d need to take a few other extra steps.
You’ll need to make sure that you don’t get the wrong folders for the next few steps to uninstall League of Legends from your Mac.
Open your “Applications” folder and type League of Legends open into the Search Bar. Just drag and drop the rest of the files into your “Trash” folder and empty the folder once again.
Method 2: Via CleanMyMac X
This is a handy tool to install onto your Mac, especially if you’re planning to do a mass purge of other apps from your Mac device.
CleanMyMac X is a piece of software that’s completely free on the App Store, and it’s extremely easy to use.
Once you’ve installed the application, open the app on your Mac, click on the “Uninstaller” tab on the left-side menu, and select “View All Applications”.
Find League of Legends on the list of your applications. If you’re having difficulty, you can make use of the search function as well to make it easier.
Select the program and you should see that the relevant folders and files have been selected too and click on “Uninstall”. This will uninstall the software and all the related files from your Mac.
Why can’t I uninstall League of Legends?
There could be a few reasons why League of Legends can’t be uninstalled from your laptop. It’s possible that files needed to uninstall the program are missing, you’ve got corrupted files on your device, or that you can’t find League of Legends on your PC’s list of devices.
Our guide should help you work through any of the possible hurdles on uninstalling League without much difficulty.
Is it possible to delete a League of Legends account?
Yes. You have the choice to either completely delete your account or simply deactivate it.
Choosing to delete your account means that all your records will be completely wiped, and you will never have access to that account again, as opposed to deactivating, which will give you the chance to reactivate your account in the future.
Do League of Legends accounts expire?
Not necessarily. You won’t lose any champions or skins if your account stays inactive, however, according to Riot Games, the few things that would be affected is your summoner name, your League Points, and possibly your rank.
Can I delete my G-Arena account?
You can, and you don’t even need to do much to get it done. As long as you’ve remained inactive for 6 months on Garena, your account will automatically be deleted.
Will uninstalling Steam delete games?
Uninstalling Steam from your device will also remove any games you’ve downloaded through the client. You don’t have to worry, though, as it doesn’t delete the games from your game library on Steam, so if you choose to install Steam again, your games will be safe and sound.
How do I completely delete a game from Steam?
We recommend doing this after uninstalling the game from your device. Once you’ve uninstalled the game, visit the Steam Support site and log in. Click on the “Games, Software, etc., tab, and select the game you want to delete.
Click on “I want to permanently remove this game from my account” and follow the instructions. Don’t worry, you can always restore these games, so you don’t need to buy them again.
Some of the most common problems League players might encounter include League of Legends not appearing amongst your program files, not having administrator access to uninstall the game, an uninstallation problem occurring, or even that the files and folders for League of Legends are still present in your hard-disk.
Once you’ve followed the steps on our guide, whether for Windows OS or macOS, all you’d need to do is restart your device and you can be sure that you have a laptop free of League of Legends.
Don’t forget that after uninstalling League, you’ll want to uninstall the Garena client as well if you don’t play any of their other games.
We’ve also added an FAQ segment for you that should tackle some of the most commonly faced problems when it comes to uninstalling League and should also give you a push in the right direction if you still feel stuck with the uninstallation process.