Uninstall Google Desktop

Google Desktop is no longer available for download. Current users: There will be no new releases or fixes in the future. Find more information at: http://googledesktop.blogspot.com/

Windows instructions

  1. Click the Start menu button in your Windows taskbar.
  2. Go to Programs > Google Desktop > Uninstall Google Desktop.
  3. Select the 'Remove completely for all users' option.
  4. Click the Yes button.
  5. If you'd like to delete your personal search index as well, deselect the 'Keep index and gadgets' checkbox.
  6. Click the Uninstall button to complete the process.

Mac instructions

  1. In the Apple menu, select System Preferences.
  2. Select Google Desktop.
  3. Click the Feedback tab.
  4. Click Uninstall Google Desktop.
  5. If you'd like to save your current index, be sure to select the box next to 'Save data from Google Desktop for later.' To delete your index, keep the box deselected. Saving the current index will allow Google Desktop to rebuild its index faster if you plan to reinstall Google Desktop in the future.
  6. Click Uninstall.
  7. Restart your computer.
On a FileVault volume? Uninstalling won't remove your Google Desktop index if your home directory is on a FileVault volume. You can manually remove it with the following command:
Please type this command carefully. The SUDO command enables powerful modifications to your Mac. If you're not comfortable doing this, consult your local Mac guru.

sudo rm -rf ~/.GoogleDesktop.trindex

Linux instructions

If your system uses rpm package management, please follow these steps to uninstall Google Desktop for Linux:

  1. Open a terminal
  2. Switch to root privilege or use sudo to run the command: rpm -e google-desktop-linux

If your system uses deb package management, please follow these steps:

  1. Open a terminal
  2. Switch to root privilege or use sudo to run the command: dpkg -r google-desktop-linux

Alternatively, you can use your Linux system's GUI package management tool to remove Google Desktop Linux. If you choose to uninstall this way, please note that the package name is "google-desktop-linux."