7 Steps To Completely Uninstall Apps On Mac

There’s every chance that you have a lot of apps installed on your Mac. And whether you use them or not, they take up space and can slow down your computer.

In this guide, we’ll show you how to uninstall apps on a Mac.

There’s every chance that you have a lot of apps installed on your Mac. And whether you use them or not, they take up space and can slow down your computer. In this guide, we’ll show you how to uninstall apps on a Mac.

1.) Delete It From The Library Directory

The best way to do it is to use the “Library” directory. This directory contains all of the files and folders associated with an app, so deleting it will remove the app from your computer entirely. For deleting apps:

  • First open the “Library” folder in the Finder.
  • Then, find the app you want to uninstall in the list of folders and delete it.
  • After deleting apps, just empty the Trash.

2.) Use The “Uninstaller” App

This app will not only delete the app itself, but also all of its associated files and data.

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This is the most thorough way to uninstall an app, and it’s the only way to make sure that no trace of the app remains on your Mac.

  • Launch System Preferences.
  • Click on the Applications folder.
  • Locate the app you want to uninstall and click on it.
  • Click on the “Uninstall” button next to the app.
  • A confirmation dialog will appear. Tap on “Uninstall” and the app is uninstalled.
  • The app will be uninstalled and the folder it was in will be deleted.
  • All the preferences you have set up for your app will be saved when you tap on the “Apply” button.
  • For any files that are associated with this app can be copied and saved at your chosen location before you uninstall the app.
  • All applications and open files are closed when you uninstall the app.
  • You’ll get a message that your app was uninstalled.
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3.) Uninstall From The App Store

  • Go to App Store.
  • In the App Store, click on the App Store icon in the Dock and select the App Store.
  • In the App Store, select the app you want to uninstall.
  • Click on the Uninstall button.
  • The app will be uninstalled and any associated files will be removed.
  • All data, such as a book or music that is associated with that app will be removed after the app is uninstalled.
  • If you selected an app that includes a widget, the widget will be uninstalled and any associated files will be removed.
  • Custom fonts, custom themes, and app extensions will all be uninstalled as well.

4.) “Remove App” In The App Store Is A Powerful Feature

If you want to uninstall an app but you don’t want to use the App Store, you can use the “Remove App” feature in the App Store.

  • Just go to the app you want to uninstall, and click the “X” in the top left corner of the app window.
  • The “Remove App” feature opens. Simply click on the “Remove” button after you’ve selected the app to be uninstalled.

5.) Use The Terminal

If you want to uninstall an app completely, you can use the Terminal. The Terminal is an app that comes pre-installed on Macs, and it’s really easy to use.

Just open the Terminal app, type “uninstall app name,” and press Enter.

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6.) Delete More Than One App From The App Store Manager

If you want to uninstall more than one app at a time, you can use the App Store Manager. This feature is available in the App Store’s preferences window.

  • Open the App Store and select the apps you want to uninstall.
  • Click the “Uninstall” button next to each app.
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7.) Resetting An App That Refuses To Uninstall

There are times when you will not be able to uninstall the app at all. This could happen if you’ve been using outdated software or if you have corrupt files associated with this app.

The only way to remove such apps is to reset them. The process is quite simple.

  1. On your Mac’s dock you’ll find the Finder icon.
  2. Click on Finder and then Applications which appears in the side menu.
  3. Click on uninstaller and then View all Applications. This will bring up a whole lot of applications.
  4. Scroll through the list until you find the app that you cannot uninstall.
  5. When you select this app, a dropdown menu appears next to its name.
  6. Choose the Reset option. The app should update and load correctly now.

Uninstalling an app can solve any number of problems, from deleting unwanted software to removing malware.

Whatever your reason, you can remove apps from your Mac by dragging the app icon to the Trash.

To completely remove an app from your Mac, however, you must completely uninstall it. This is different from simply dragging the app icon to the Trash.

Jonathon Spire

Jonathon Spire

Tech Blogger at Jonathon Spire

My diverse background started with my computer science degree, and later progressed to building laptops and accessories. And now, for the last 7 years, I have been a social media marketing specialist and business growth consultant.

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Jonathon Spire

I blog about a range of tech topics.

For the last 7 years I have been a social media marketing specialist and business growth consultant, so I write about those the most.

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– Jon