How To Quit Google Drive In Windows 11

Google Drive is a popular cloud storage service that lets you access your files from any device. It can be quite handy for backing up important files or sharing documents with others. However, there might be instances when you want to quit Google Drive temporarily or permanently on your Windows 11 system.

In this blog post, we’ll guide you through the process of quitting Google Drive in Windows 11 with easy-to-follow steps.

Method 1: Quitting Google Drive Temporarily

If you just want to quit Google Drive for a short period of time, follow these steps:

  1. Locate the Google Drive icon in the system tray. It should be on the lower right corner of your screen by default. If you can’t find it, click on the upward arrow (^) to reveal hidden icons.
  2. Right-click on the Google Drive icon, and a context menu will appear.
  3. In the context menu, click on Pause or Exit to temporarily stop Google Drive from running.

Now, Google Drive will stop syncing files and will not consume your system resources. You can always resume Google Drive by clicking on the Google Drive icon in the system tray and selecting Resume.

Method 2: Quitting Google Drive Permanently

If you want to permanently quit Google Drive on your Windows 11 system, you’ll need to uninstall the Google Drive application. Follow these steps to do so:

  1. Press Win + X on your keyboard to open the Quick Access menu.
  2. Click on Apps and Features from the menu.
  3. In the Apps & Features window, scroll through the list of installed applications to find Google Drive.
  4. Click on Google Drive and then click on the Uninstall button.
  5. Follow the on-screen instructions to complete the uninstallation process.

Once you’ve uninstalled Google Drive, it will no longer run on your Windows 11 system. If you ever decide to use Google Drive again, you’ll need to download and install the application from the official website.


Quitting Google Drive in Windows 11 is a straightforward process, whether you want to do it temporarily or permanently. Follow the steps mentioned in this blog post to quit Google Drive according to your needs, and enjoy a clutter-free and resource-efficient Windows 11 experience.