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How to Delete a VPN App – Covering Windows, macOS, Linux, Android, iOS, Fire TV & Routers!

By Novak Bozovic / August 14, 2021

There could be many reasons why you might want to delete a VPN app. Perhaps you're facing a major technical issue, you want to switch to another VPN, or you don't want to pay for a VPN anymore. Even though we need to remind you the VPNs come with many benefits, we’re also here to show you how to safely and properly delete a VPN from your device. 

Just below, you’ll find the required steps to delete any VPN app from a wide range of platforms – including Windows, macOS, Linux, Android, iOS, Fire TV, and routers. So, scroll down a bit and follow the instructions you’ll find there. 

Tip

If you want to delete a VPN to technical issues, we recommend reading our VPN troubleshooting guide (with solutions to 25 different VPN issues). Then, you’ll also want to check our fixes for 55+ VPN error codes. And lastly, if you’re looking for a more affordable VPN, these are the best cheap VPNs you’ll find today. 

Windows

When it comes to Windows, this operating system allows different kinds of VPN setups. With that said, let’s first show you how to delete a VPN if you’ve installed its native client. 

If you’ve installed a VPN manually, you need to remove any connections you’ve added. This is also worth doing/checking, even if you used to have a native VPN app on your Windows PC. 

On Windows, VPN services also install TAP drivers that help them reroute your Web traffic. So, make sure to go through the following steps to remove any leftover TAP drivers (even after you uninstall your VPN app or delete manually created VPN connections. 

macOS

Just like Windows, macOS also supports both manually created VPN connections and native VPN apps. So, let’s start by showing you how to delete a VPN by removing its app. 

Next, we’ll show you how to remove manually created VPN connections. However, even if you used a native VPN app, you’ll want to go through the following steps. 

Linux

As you already know, Linux comes in many different flavors, making it impossible to produce a guide that encompasses all users. However, generally speaking, you need to follow the same procedure as you did when installing the VPN (using commands to uninstall the software). 

If you use a Debian Linux that has a package manager, use that software to remove any application, including VPN applications. And in case you use a Linux Ubuntu, you need to navigate to Settings > Network > VPN. Then, visit the 'Details' tab and select 'Remove VPN.' 

Lastly, if you’re having a hard time deleting a VPN from a Linux machine, we recommend relying on third-party software. More precisely, Stacer and GCleaner will help optimize your system and remove unwanted VPN applications. 

Android

One of the benefits of using Android is having the ability to set up custom VPN connections and use native VPN software so, if you have a VPN installed as an app, here's how to remove it. 

If you’re having a hard time deleting a VPN on Android, there are other methods to try. First, you can use the Google Play Store app and its top-placed search bar to look up your VPN. Once you find its Play Store listing, remove the app from there. And also, some Android versions let you remove installed apps from the Settings app. 

Lastly, in case you’ve added VPN connections to your Android device manually, here’s how to remove those from your device. 

iOS & iPadOS

Since iOS and iPadOS let you use native VPN apps and set up custom VPN connections, there are two ways to delete a VPN from your device. If you’ve installed a VPN app, do the following. 

More advanced VPN users like to tinker with their VPN connections. So, if you’ve added VPN connections manually on your iPhone or iPad, delete them using the following steps. 

Firestick & Fire TV

The chances are that you're running a VPN as an app on your Firestick or Fire TV device, meaning that if you wish to delete your VPN, you need to use the Settings app. Here are the steps you need to take. 

VPN-Compatible Routers

There's a vast number of routers compatible with VPN services, and all of them come with custom software built by their manufacturers. So, producing a one-size-fits-all guide on how to delete a VPN from a router would be impossible. Here’s our general guide instead. 

For more detailed instructions, we recommend turning to your VPN's customer support. Make sure to provide the exact model of your router and ask how to remove the VPN (not just disable, but completely remove VPN-related configurations). 

That would be all on how to delete a VPN from your computer, smartphone, tablet, media streaming device, and more. If you have any questions, let us know via the comments section below. And finally, thanks for reading!



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