How to uninstall Valorant

Valorant art featuring Reyna, Killjoy, and NeonRiot Games

While installing Valorant is a pretty straightforward process, uninstalling the game can be a little confusing thanks to the Vanguard anti-cheat. If you no longer want Valorant to take up space on your PC, check out this guide on how to uninstall and reinstall the game in 2023.

Riot Games’ Valorant, known for its challenging and intense gameplay, may not be everyone’s cup of tea. Some players might prefer exploring different FPS titles such as Overwatch 2, Counter-Strike 2, and Apex Legends, while others could be looking to free up their PC’s storage space

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Whatever the motive, this guide offers you an easy route to uninstall Valorant from your computer. Rest assured, if the competitive allure of this agent-driven FPS title sparks your interest again, we’ve got you covered with a simple reinstallation guide as well.

Neon in a Valorant trailerRiot Games
You need the Riot Client to run Valorant on your device.

Why can’t I uninstall Valorant from the Control Panel?

Vanguard, the anti-cheat system implemented by Riot Games, needs to be disabled before you can successfully uninstall Valorant. This is why removing the game from your PC isn’t as straightforward as clicking a few buttons in the Control Panel.

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How to uninstall Valorant

Follow these steps to easily uninstall Valorant from your device:

  1. Access your System Tray located in the bottom-right corner of the Windows screen.
  2. Right-click on the Vanguard logo and select Exit Vanguard.
  3. Navigate to the Windows search bar, type Control Panel, and open it.
  4. Choose the Programs tab and click on Uninstall a program at the bottom.
  5. In the list of installed programs, locate Valorant.
  6. Click Uninstall to start removing Valorant from your device.

Following these steps, you should have successfully removed Valorant from your PC. You will also notice that the Vanguard anti-cheat system no longer appears at startup, freeing up your system even more.

Valorant updating via the Riot ClientRiot Games
Riot Games constantly updates its Client to improve user experience.

How to reinstall Valorant

Here’s how you can easily reinstall Valorant:

  1. Visit the official Valorant website.
  2. Click on the ‘Play Free‘ button.
  3. Sign in using your existing Riot account or set up a new one.
  4. Once logged in, click the Download button to initiate the installation of Valorant.

Well, this was everything to know about uninstalling and reinstalling Valorant on your PC. For more content on the game, you can check out:

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