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How to Uninstall Dota 2

How to Uninstall Dota 2

    Last Updated on April 6, 2023

So, you’re here to learn how to uninstall Dota 2. Videogames have a love-hate relationship with the players they entertain. Sometimes, in the heat of the moment, we find ourselves wanting to rid ourselves of a game. Don’t worry, this is a staple for those who are privileged in their internet speed. Reinstalling a videogame is a rite of passage, after taking some time off. But the real rite of passage is raising both hands and deciding to uninstall the game in a fit of rage.

Dota 2, according to Johan “N0tail” Sundstein, is a sick mental game, and that reflects in the game state. The game revolves around broken characters and items, where mistakes are punished without mercy. In its competitive mode, it becomes natural to expect the best from your teammates, even if they are random in each game. Alright, you hate the game, now it’s time to get rid of it from your library, but how do you do it?

Accessing Your Library

Your first step on the road to removing Dota is to find your game library in Steam. The library is the place you go to in the Steam client to access all your games. Depending on how interesting your inventory is, you might want to keep it hidden from others. From here, it should be easy to locate your Dota 2 game, as the game lists it as “Installed Locally.”

Locating The Game

Open Steam to Access Dota 2

This step takes as much time as your eyes can gloss over your entire library list. Your game library is arranged in alphabetical order, but finding a red square should be easy. There is a way to find it if you can do the previous two tips—press the letter D.

Same as in the Hero screen in Dota, pressing a letter in the library selects the first game with that letter. If you still cannot locate Dota 2, there is a search bar at the top left of the library screen.

Right-Click Dota in Your Library

Choose Dota 2 From Your Game Library

When you locate Dota 2 after two hours of looking, let’s try right-clicking the app. Doing this will reveal a list of things you can do with the app. Don’t press play because we’re still mad at the game and trying to uninstall it. Drag your mouse over the list and make your way to the fifth option, named “Manage.” Bear with us, because it will reveal another list of things, we’re getting close to the end here.

Click to Uninstall Dota 2

Click on Manage to Uninstall Dota 2

After the previous process takes another 30 minutes, you arrive at the second list of actions. Now we don’t want to hide the game, we have to get rid of the game for good. Don’t go browsing the local files, you might guilt-trip yourself into keeping the game. Go to the very end of the list and press the fourth option, named “Uninstall.”

Confirm to Uninstall Dota 2

Confirm Uninstallation

After 4 hours, we are here at the end of our journey. When you follow all the instructions well so far, your client will present you with this window. Before you press the blue button, take a look back at your journey before reaching here. It takes a mature person to stand up and never return to a place of pain. If you are without doubts and reservations, click Uninstall, and you are free.

The hardest part of this tutorial is owning up to your decision. Sooner or later, there might be a patch or update that makes you feel excited again. At the end of the day, it’s your choice to go back, the same way you thought this article was helping you uninstall Dota 2. Stay tuned for our article detailing how to go back to your all-time favorite game—Dota 2.

Written By
Jean Salgados

Spent all the years of his college writing for the school newspaper and transitioned to casting Dota 2 games shortly after graduation.

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