If you have experience with the Riot client, you might have noticed the lack of an uninstall button. The game launcher has what some may call “scummy coding,” similar to intrusive advertisements where the download button is big and flashy, but the close button is almost transparent and nonexistent.
My experience with uninstalling Fortnite from the launcher was not great, as it used to require booting up in safe mode to do a clean uninstall. The time it took me to get rid of that game from my system was embarrassing, and the memory still haunts me.
Fortunately, the people over at Riot games have taken pity on us, and it’s much easier to get some extra space for your drives that gamers are always running out of. While a delete/remove or uninstall button is still absent from the Riot client, you do not need to jump through hoops, at least not through many of them.
Safe Mode is Your Friend
This is not necessary, but I highly recommend booting up in safe mode. Sometimes uninstalling can fail right at the end because the Riot client is still in a standby state after you have closed it. So to avoid wasting time, it is advisable to start in Safe Mode.
Windows 10 or 11, starting in safe mode, is as easy as pressing down the Shift key while choosing to restart windows from the Start Menu.
Easy as 1, 2, 3
No matter if you are in safe mode or not, you can try the following steps to uninstall Valorant from your PC:
- Go to the control panel and find the “Program” icon. This will lead you to the “Uninstall a program” icon.
- Among the list of programs, select “Valorant” and then press the Uninstall button (or you can right-click on Valorant and press uninstall on the drop-down menu).
- For a clean uninstall, you should also remove Riot’s Anti-cheat for Valorant. This will be listed as “Riot Vanguard” among the list of programs. Make sure to uninstall this too.
Alternatively, you can go to settings and then press the Apps icon. You will be able to delete Valorant from here as well. Some users report difficulty in getting rid of Riot Vanguard from the Apps section so it is preferable to use the first method listed. In the end, you can clear around 25-30 GB of space in your system, ready for new games.