The appdata folder has been a part of Windows for years. It is an essential folder for all users and each user that is configured on a Windows system has their own appdata folder. Within this folder, you will find three other folders; Local, LocalLow, and Roaming. Apps that you install on Windows create their own folders within one of more of these three folders.
AppData folder on Windows 11
The AppData folder is still present on Windows 11. You need to know where this folder is because of the files saved in. Your Chrome profile is saved to one of its subfolders. When you uninstall an app, it may leave its local folder and files on your system and you will have to delete it manually. You may also need to delete the folder for an app if you’re trying to clean install it.
Show hidden items
The AppData folder is a hidden folder. You may be in the right folder but if the hidden items aren’t set to show, you won’t see the AppData folder.
- Open File Explorer.
- Click the View button at the top right (the ribbon is no longer part of the UI).
- Select Show options from the menu.
- Click Hidden Items from the sub-menu.
- Hidden items will now be visible.
1. AppData folder location – Windows 11
The AppData folder is created in the following location;
Replace the YourUserName part with your actual user name.
There are a few ways to quickly open the AppData folder without manually navigating to it each time you want to open it.
2. Open AppData folder
To open the AppData folder from the run box, follow these steps.
- Tap the Wn+R keyboard shortcut to open the Run box.
- In the run box, enter one period/full stop: . and tap the Enter key.
- Your user folder will open.
- Open the AppData folder inside the user folder.
You can open the AppData folder from both the run box and File Explorer.
- Open the Run Box with the Win+R keyboard shortcut or open a File Explorer window.
- Enter this %AppData% in the run box and tap Enter.
- For File Explorer, enter this in the location bar: %AppData% and tap Enter.
- The Roaming folder will open.
- Click AppData in the location bar to go to the main AppData folder.
Changing AppData folder location
You can move the AppData folder to a different location without breaking anything. The option is built into Windows 11 however, this isn’t a good idea. Apps may still look for the AppData folder in its original location. If they don’t find it, installation may fail. Additionally, the apps that are installed may not be able to detect the change in the location of the AppData folder and may stop working.
The AppData folder is created by Windows. You may be able to delete it but there’s no point unless you’re trying to render the OS unusable or cause problems with apps. If you have admin access on a system, you can view and access the AppData folder for other users however, none of the methods we’ve listed will allow you to open it. Instead, you will have to manually navigate to the user’s folder in File Explorer to access it.