How to Completely Uninstall Box Drive on Mac (3 Ways)

Sarahi Johns
Last updated: Mar 25, 2024

This guide covers 3 methods for completely uninstalling Box Drive from your Mac, with detailed steps provided. Check it out now.

Box Drive is a cloud-based platform for file sharing and management. If you no longer need it or are experiencing issues with it, you might consider uninstalling it from your Mac.

This post guide will show you how to do it completely, using both manual and automatic methods.

How to Completely Uninstall Box Drive on Mac (3 Ways)

How to Uninstall Box Drive on Mac with One Click

The most straightforward way to uninstall Box Drive from your Mac is by using BuhoCleaner, an easy-to-use Mac app uninstaller developed by Dr.Buho. With only one click, you can delete Box Drive as well as its support files from your Mac.

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Here's how it works:

  1. Download, install, and launch BuhoCleaner.
  2. Click App Uninstall in the sidebar to list all apps installed on your Mac.
  3. Locate and select Box, then click the Remove button.
    Quickly Uninstall Box Drive on Mac with BuhoCleaner

How to Officially Uninstall Box Drive on Mac

Box Drive offers you an official way to delete it from your Mac. Simply follow these steps:

  1. Quit Box Drive if it's running in the background.
  2. Download Box Reset Tool zip file.
  3. Open the downloaded .zip file, and then double-click the unzipped file BoxResetTool.
  4. Click Uninstall > Continue to uninstall Box Drive.
    Officially Uninstall Box Drive from Mac

If, for any reason, the Box Reset Tool doesn't work on your macOS, follow these steps to remove Box Drive from your Mac using Terminal.

  1. Quit Box Drive.
  2. Open Terminal via Spotlight or Finder > Utilities.
  3. Run the appropriate command depending on your macOS version and Box Drive version.
Unininstall Box Drive on Mac with Terminal
  • macOS 11.x and macOS 14.x with any version of Box Drive:

fileproviderctl domain remove -A com.box.desktop.boxfileprovider; defaults delete com.box.desktop; rm -rf ~/Library/Application\ Support/Box/Box

  • macOS 12.x and macOS 13.x with Box Drive version 2.35 and earlier:

/Applications/Box.app/Contents/MacOS/fpe/streem --remove-fpe-domain-and-archive-unsynced-content Box ; defaults delete com.box.desktop; rm -rf ~/Library/Application\ Support/Box/Box

  • macOS 12.x and macOS 13.x with Box Drive 2.36 and newer:

/Applications/Box.app/Contents/MacOS/fpe/streem --remove-fpe-domain-and-preserve-unsynced-content Box ; defaults delete com.box.desktop; rm -rf ~/Library/Application\ Support/Box/Box

  1. Continue to run the command below in the Terminal window.

/Library/Application\ Support/Box/uninstall_box_drive

Notes
  1. See what these commands will do from here.
  2. Please note that the rm-rf command is risky. If you don't know much about Terminal commands, let the third-party app uninstaller like BuhoCleaner do the uninstallation job for you.

How to Manually Remove Box Drive from Mac

If you prefer not to install any software on your Mac, Finder is the best option to uninstall Box Drive from your Mac. Here's how:

  1. Quit Box Drive if it's running.
  2. Open Finder and locate Box Drive.
    Move Box Drive Icon to the Trash
  3. Drag its icon to the Trash.
  4. Press Shift + Command + G to open the Go to Folder window.
  5. Paste the following paths, one at a time, to find files associated with Box Drive.
    • ~/Library/Application Support
    • ~/Library/Caches
    • ~/Library/Containers
    • ~/Library/Preferences
    • ~/Library/Logs
    • ~/Library/LaunchAgents
      Manually Uninstall Box Drive from Mac with Finder
  6. Move the Box Drive-related files to the Trash and empty your Trash.

Conclusion

Now that you've got 3 ways to completely uninstall Box Drive from your Mac, which way would you like to try?

It's worth mentioning that BuhoCleaner is more than an app uninstaller; it can do much more, such as cache cleaning, duplicate file removal, disk space analysis, memory release, etc. If you haven't tried it yet, give it a shot.

For more questions about uninstalling Box from Mac, refer below.

FAQs about Uninstalling Box on Mac

  1. How to Uninstall Box Sync on Mac?

    You can follow methods 1 or 3 above to completely remove Box Sync from your Mac.

  2. How to Uninstall Box Tools on Mac?

    Download the Box Tools Installer, open it, double-click its icon, and select "Uninstall". Or, you can use BuhoCleaner to quickly uninstall it from your Mac.

  3. How to Quit Box Drive, Box Sync, or Box Tools on Mac?

    Right-click on its icon in the Dock, or open the Activity Monitor to locate Box processes and double-click on them to quit.

Sarahi Johns

I'm Sarahi Johns, a tech enthusiast with a deep passion for all things iPhone, iPad and Mac. With expertise in crafting engaging tech content, I've authored numerous articles in the past 10 years, making me a trusted source for Apple enthusiasts.