How to Uninstall Riot Client from Your PC

If you want to reduce the number of hours you spend playing games like League of Legends or Valorant, you can uninstall Riot Client – the central hub that lets you access all Riot games. This article explains how to remove Riot Client so you can break free from compulsive gaming and start pursuing real life goals.

At Game Quitters, we don’t just help people to stop gaming completely. We also support players who want to get their gaming under control so they can balance screen time with other hobbies and activities.

Uninstalling Riot Client – your questions answered

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Of course there are other reasons why you may want to uninstall Riot Client apart from managing your gaming time. There could a bug affecting your PC that can only be fixed by uninstalling and reinstalling Riot Client, or perhaps you need to free up space on your hard drive.

If this is the case, you might want to consider deleting other games, apps and platforms too such as FIFA, PS4, PS5, Bluestacks and Discord.

Here are some of the questions we receive from gamers and families about the process of removing Riot Client from a PC:

Should I delete my Riot games before uninstalling Riot Client?

Yes, we recommend deleting all Riot games before uninstalling Riot Client because any games running in the background could disrupt the process. Here’s how to do it:

  1. Click the search bar at the bottom of your PC.
  2. In the search bar, type ‘Apps & features’.
  3. Click on it to open the window.
  4. Search for the video game you want to delete i.e. Valorant.
  5. Click on it and select ‘Uninstall’.
  6. Repeat this process for all the Riot Games you have on your PC.
  7. When you’ve deleted all your games, empty your Recycle Bin.
  8. Then restart your PC.

Do I need to uninstall Riot Vanguard?


If you’ve previously installed Valorant, then Riot Vanguard anti-cheating software will also be on your PC. You need to uninstall it to completely remove all traces of Riot Games from your computer. Follow these step-by-step instructions:

  1. Click the search bar at the bottom of your PC.
  2. In the search bar, type ‘Apps & features’.
  3. Click on it to open the window.
  4. Search for ‘Riot Vanguard’.
  5. Click the three dots and select ‘Uninstall’.
  6. Empty your Recycle Bin.
  7. Now restart your PC.

How do I uninstall Riot Client on PC?

Once you’ve deleted your Riot games and Riot Vanguard, you’re ready to uninstall Riot Client. But you may be wondering: ‘Where is the uninstall button for Riot Client?’ There isn’t one specific button, you need to follow the process below:

  1. Click the search bar at the bottom of your PC.
  2. In the search bar, type ‘Riot’.
  3. Select ‘Open file location’.
  4. Navigate back to ‘Programs’ at the top.
  5. Scroll down to the Riot Games folder and right-click on it.
  6. Press the trash icon to delete the Riot Games folder.
  7. Next, type ‘Run’ in the search bar.
  8. Type ‘AppData’ in the pop-up box.
  9. Click ‘Local’.
  10. Scroll down to find ‘Riot Games’.
  11. Right-click on it and press delete.

Why is my Riot Client not uninstalling?

It could be because you still have some Riot games on your PC. Follow our instructions above in the ‘Should I delete my Riot games before uninstalling Riot Client?’ section and make sure you delete your Valorant account as well.

How will I know that all traces of Riot Games have been removed from my PC?

Are you wondering how to completely uninstall League of Legends and Riot Client from your PC? Follow the instructions above to delete a specific video game (such as League of Legends) and Riot Client.

To make sure there’s nothing associated with Riot Games left on your PC, type ‘Riot’ into the search bar. If anything pops up, right-click and delete it.

Need expert help?

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At Game Quitters, we’re here to support you or a loved one wherever you are on your gaming journey.

If you’re reading this article because you can’t stop playing a particular video game, we’ve produced some handy tips on how to quit playing League of Legends. The same strategies can be applied to other popular titles from Riot Games such as Valorant, Teamfight Tactics and Legends of Runeterra.

If you’re concerned that you or someone you care about may have video game addiction, take our short quiz to find out if you – or they – meet the criteria for problematic use.

Perhaps you’ve reached the stage where you want to live your real life instead of a virtual life. As experts in video game addiction, we can help – even if you’re the parent of a gamer in denial.

Take the first step today and apply for a Gameplan strategy call. During our conversation, we’ll see if you’re a good fit for one of our coaching programs.

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