How to Uninstall Razer Synapse on Both Pc & Mac
Razer is a fantastic company when it comes to gaming peripherals. Not only do they have years of experience but they also a widely known company inside the gaming community. Plus they are a huge sponsor for several eSports organizations. So it's not uncommon that most gamers have owned at least one of Razers products. Me included as I'm a huge fan of their Deathadder mouse. If that's the case with you as well, then you have most probably also experienced the Razer Synapse program.
It's basically the program from where you can change all of the settings. Such as the LED color of your gaming mouse or set different keybindings on a keyboard. But you most probably already know that if you have a product from them. Well the downside of the Razer Synapse is that it can be extremely difficult to remove if anything should happen to it. That was recently the case for me and that's why I have written a step by step guide on how to uninstall it completely!
Uninstall On Windows
In this section I'll be going over the steps on how to uninstall the Razer Synapse on a Windows PC. This can either be extremely easy or require digging in registry. And this depends on whether the program is working normally or completely corrupted. Either way, you should always get started with the first step.
Step 1. Close The Program
Before we can get started, you should always make sure that you have closed the program. And I don't mean just clicking the X as it may still be running in the background. Make sure that it's not running in the tray (expand from the ∧). If it is, then simply right click the Razer logo and click "Close Razer Synapse".
Step 2. Uninstall
Windows has made it extremely easy to uninstall programs. All you have to do is click the Windows logo in the bottom left corner. From there you can click on the Settings logo. This will open up the Settings screen and from there you can access "Apps". Once you are there, scroll down until you see "Razer Synapse". Click it and hit "Uninstall".
Step 3. Restart
Once the uninstall wizard has done its job, make sure that you restart your computer. Now if everything went okay during the uninstall process then you should have successfully removed Razer Synapse. However, if you still see the program on your computer, then something went wrong and you'll need to take some extra steps.
Step 4. Dig Into Registry
Click the magnifying glass icon on the task bar. It's right next to the Windows logo. Next type "regedit" into the search bar and press enter. This will take you into the registry editor. Once you are in the editor, you'll see a tree of sections. Select the top one that says "Computer" and then click "edit". From there click "Find" and type "Razer" into the "Find what" area. This will search for all the items that include Razer. Delete all the remaining items that mention Razer Synapse or Razer Inc. DO NOT delete any other items as they may corrupt your system!
Step 5. Search On Windows
Next open up File Explorer and go to "This PC". Once you are there, there's a search bar on the top right corner. Type Razer in there and hit enter. This will search for all Razer related folders and files that weren't uninstalled. Select of all the remaining files/folders and hit delete. Then go to the Recycle Bin and empty it. And that should be it.
If this doesn't work for you or you are afraid of touching the registry, then definitely contact Razer support. They have dealt with these problems before and sometimes you need to downgrade versions in order to completely uninstall it.
Uninstall On Mac
Uninstalling the Razer Synapse on a Mac is a bit different. Mostly because the operating system works differently. It basically requires you to use Terminal and type in some commands. It sounds much more complicated than it actually is. So let's get to it!
Step 1. Finder
The first thing you need to do is click on "Finder". This will make the top menu bar appear. From there, select "Go" and then from the drop down menu click "Utilities".
Step 2. Terminal
Once you are in Utilities, scroll down until you see an icon with "Terminal". Double click "Terminal". This will open up a new window. In there, write down the following lines (hit enter after each line!):
- launchctl remove com.razer.rzupdater
- launchctl remove com.razerzone.rzdeviceengine
- sudo rm /Library/LaunchAgents/com.razer.rzupdater.plist
- sudo rm /Library/LaunchAgents/com.razerzone.rzdeviceengine.plist
Step 3. Applications
Next return back to Finder but this time open Applications from the sidebar. From there, find the Razer Synapse logo and drag it to the Trash.
Step 4. Terminal Again
Now return back to the Terminal and type in the following lines (again hit enter after each line):
- sudo rm -rf /Library/Application\ Support/Razer/
- rm -rf ~/Library/Application\ Support/Razer/
And that's it, you should have successfully uninstalled the Razer Synapse off your Mac. But if you have run into problems, then I recommend contacting Razer support!