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A Guide on How to Uninstall Final Fantasy 14 Properly

A Guide on How to Uninstall Final Fantasy 14 Properly

    Last Updated on June 28, 2023

Final Fantasy 14 is a popular game enjoyed by many gamers. However, there may come a time when you need to uninstall the game from your system. This article will provide you with step-by-step instructions on how to uninstall Final Fantasy 14 effectively. Whether you’re using Windows or Mac, we’ve got you covered. Additionally, we also included uninstall instructions on Steam or when using third-party programs for uninstallation.

Step 1: Close the Game and Launcher

How to Uninstall Final Fantasy 14 Properly: Close Game Launcher

Before you begin the uninstallation process, it’s essential to ensure that both the game and any associated launchers are closed. This prevents any conflicts or issues during the uninstallation process and allows for the smooth removal of the game.

Step 2: Locate the Game Files

To uninstall Final Fantasy XIV, you’ll need to locate the game files on your computer. By default, the game is usually installed in the “Program Files” folder on Windows and the “/Applications” folder on Mac. Follow the instructions below based on your operating system:


  1. Open File Explorer by pressing the Windows Key + E or by clicking on the folder icon in the taskbar.
  2. In the File Explorer window, navigate to the drive where your operating system is installed (usually the C: drive).
  3. Open the “Program Files” (or “Program Files x86” for 32-bit applications) folder.
  4. Look for a folder named “SquareEnix” and then open it.
  5. Inside the “SquareEnix” folder, locate the “Final Fantasy XIV” folder.


  1. Open Finder by clicking on the Finder icon in the dock. Alternatively, pressing Command + Space and typing “Finder” could also do the trick.
  2. In the Finder window, click on “Applications” in the sidebar.
  3. Look for the “FINAL FANTASY XIV” folder.

Step 3: Uninstall the Game

Once you’ve located the game files, you can proceed with the uninstallation process. The specific steps may vary slightly depending on your operating system. Follow the instructions below:


  1. Open the Control Panel by searching for it in the Start Menu or using the Run command. Press the Windows Key + R, and type “control panel.” After that, hit Enter.
  2. In the Control Panel, select “Uninstall a Program” or “Programs and Features” (depending on your version of Windows).
  3. A list of installed programs will appear. Locate “Final Fantasy XIV” in the list.
  4. Right-click on “Final Fantasy XIV” and then select “Uninstall” or “Uninstall/Change.”
  5. Follow the on-screen prompts to complete the uninstallation process.


  1. Click and hold the “FINAL FANTASY XIV” folder in the Applications folder.
  2. Drag the folder to the Trash on your dock. Similarly, you can just right-click and select “Move to Trash.”
  3. Enter your administrator password when prompted.
  4. To permanently remove the game files, right-click on the Trash icon in your dock and select “Empty Trash.”

Step 4: Remove Game Data and Settings (Optional)

By default, the uninstallation process may not remove all the game data and settings. If you want to ensure a complete removal of Final Fantasy XIV, follow these additional steps:


  1. Press the Windows Key + R to open the Run command.
  2. Type “%appdata%” (without quotes) and then hit Enter.
  3. This will open the Roaming folder. After that, look for the “Final Fantasy XIV” folder.
  4. Right-click on the “Final Fantasy XIV” folder and then select “Delete” to remove it.


  1. Open Finder.
  2. Click on the “Go” menu at the top of the screen and then select “Go to Folder.”
  3. Type “~/Library” (without quotes) and then click “Go.”
  4. In the Library folder, locate the “Application Support” folder and then open it.
  5. Look for the “FINAL FANTASY XIV” folder.
  6. Right-click on the “FINAL FANTASY XIV” folder and select “Move to Trash” or drag it to the Trash.

Step 5: Restart Your Computer

After completing the uninstallation process and removing any remaining data, it’s recommended to restart your computer. This ensures that any lingering processes or services associated with Final Fantasy XIV are terminated, thus, providing a clean state for your system.

Uninstalling via Steam 

How to Uninstall Final Fantasy 14 Properly: Steam

Uninstalling Final Fantasy 14 through Steam is a straightforward process that ensures the clean removal of the game from your system. Follow these steps:

  1. Open Steam and then navigate to the “LIBRARY” tab.
  2. Locate Final Fantasy 14 in the list of installed games and then right-click on it.
  3. Expand the “Manage” section and then select “Uninstall.”
  4. Confirm the uninstallation by clicking on the “Uninstall” button in the newly appeared window.
  5. Wait for the process to complete.

Using Third-Party Programs for Uninstallation 

You can consider using third-party uninstaller software such as IObit Uninstaller as an alternative. These programs provide extra functionalities and assist in completely removing Final Fantasy 14 from your computer. Just follow the provided guidelines from the selected third-party software.

Final Words

Congratulations! That is how to uninstall Final Fantasy 14 on your PC or Mac the right way! By following these steps, you have freed up disk space and removed all associated files and settings. However, if you decide to reinstall the game in the future, take note that you will need to download and install it again.

Written By
Eidervan Frago

A gamer his whole life. Can go the whole day talking about everything gaming-related. He now mixes his love for writing and passion for gaming to create informational and helpful articles for all.

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