Step-by-Step Guide on How to Uninstall VALORANT

Step-by-Step Guide on How to Uninstall VALORANT
Step-by-Step Guide on How to Uninstall VALORANT (Image via VALORANT)

Hey there, VALORANT players! If you’re looking to uninstall VALORANT from your PC for any reason, you might run into a bit of a snag. This is because VALORANT comes with an anti-cheat software called Vanguard that can make the uninstallation process a bit tricky. But don’t worry, we’ve got you covered. Here’s a friendly, step-by-step guide on how to uninstall both VALORANT and Vanguard.


Step 1: Exit Vanguard Before you can say goodbye to VALORANT, you’ll need to exit Vanguard, the anti-cheat software that’s always running in the background. Here’s how:

  • Find the Vanguard icon in your system tray (usually at the bottom right corner of your screen). It’s red and looks like a shield.
  • Right-click on the Vanguard icon and select ‘Exit Vanguard’ from the menu.
  • A confirmation message will pop up, asking if you’re sure you want to turn off Vanguard. Click ‘Yes’ to proceed.

Step 2: Uninstall VALORANT and Vanguard With Vanguard out of the way, you’re free to uninstall VALORANT and Vanguard from your PC. Here’s how:

  • Press the Windows key or click the Windows icon on your taskbar to open the Start menu.
  • Type ‘Add or remove programs’ in the search box and click on the result.
  • In the ‘Apps & features’ window, scroll down (or use the search box) to find VALORANT and Riot Vanguard.
  • Click on VALORANT and then click on the ‘Uninstall’ button. Follow the on-screen instructions to complete the uninstallation process.
  • Repeat these steps for Riot Vanguard.

Step 3: Restart Your PC After you’ve uninstalled VALORANT and Vanguard, it’s a good idea to restart your PC to make sure all changes take effect. Here’s how:

  • Click on the Power icon on the Start menu and select ‘Restart’.
  • Wait for your PC to reboot and log back into your account.

Step 4: Check for Leftover Files Sometimes, uninstalling a program can leave some leftover files or folders on your PC. To make sure you’ve completely removed VALORANT and Vanguard, check for any leftover files or folders and delete them manually. Here’s how:

  • Open File Explorer and navigate to the following locations:
    • C:\Program Files
    • C:\Program Files (x86)
    • C:\Users\YourUserName\AppData\Local
    • C:\Users\YourUserName\AppData\Roaming
  • Look for any folders or files related to VALORANT or Vanguard and delete them. You can also use the search box to find them faster.
  • Empty your Recycle Bin to permanently delete the files or folders.

How to Reinstall VALORANT Changed your mind and want to reinstall VALORANT? No problem! Here’s how:

  • Go to the official VALORANT website and click on the ‘Play Now’ button.
  • Sign in to your Riot account or create a new one if you don’t have one.
  • Download the VALORANT installer and run it on your PC.
  • Follow the on-screen instructions to install VALORANT and Vanguard.
  • Launch VALORANT and get back into the game!

And there you have it! A simple, step-by-step guide to uninstalling and reinstalling VALORANT. Happy gaming!

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