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How to uninstall apps on Mac

How do you uninstall apps on Mac? If you just trash it, I’m sorry to say that you’ve been doing it wrong. Dragging files like documents or movies to the Trash works fine. But doing the same for apps leaves tons of junk files on your hard drive. Today, I'll show you how to uninstall apps from Mac, both manually and automatically. We'll see in detail how to do that effectively, leaving no leftovers behind. Let’s go ahead and delete some apps!

How to uninstall apps using Trash

Method 1

I’m gonna start by showing you the simplest way to uninstall apps. Whether you're running Catalina or earlier macOS versions, this process remains almost the same.

Here’s what you need to do.

  • First, head to the Application folder and choose the app you want to delete.
  • Then, drag it to the Trash or use the Command-Delete shortcut.

How to uninstall apps on Mac

  • Once done, open the Trash and click the Empty button in the upper-right corner. Poof — the app is gone!

How to uninstall apps on Mac

But did you know that it's not completely deleted? Now, you should find and remove all the related files to get rid of the app completely. That means not just move the app icon to the Trash from your Applications folder, but searching the depths of the system files on your Mac. And that’s the biggest drawback of manual uninstallation.

How to remove app leftovers

  • First, click the Go menu in Finder and select Go to Folder.
  • Then paste each of these locations, one by one and press Go.

How to uninstall apps on Mac

/Library/Internet Plug-Ins/
/Library/Application Support/CrashReporter/
/Library/Saved Application State/

How to uninstall apps on Mac

  • Scroll through the files and delete ones related to the app. But be careful!

How to uninstall apps on Mac

Removing the wrong system files could cause problems on your Mac. Make sure you won’t accidentally delete something crucial. As you can see, a manual uninstallation is a bit tricky and time-consuming. If you're worried you won't do it correctly and want a safer alternative, there's an easier and faster way.

How to uninstall Mac apps automatically

Method 2

And when I talk about a more straightforward method of uninstalling apps, I mean using CleanMyMac X. Its Uninstaller feature is an app-killer that can sweep away any program, leaving no leftovers behind. Here’s how to use it.

  • First, download CleanMyMac X.
  • Once you install and launch it, go to the Uninstaller module and choose All Applications.
  • Check the box next to the app you want to remove and hit the Uninstall button. Pretty simple, right?

How to uninstall apps on Mac

If you’ve tried to uninstall the app manually before, chances are some files are still left somewhere in your Mac’s system. CleanMyMac X detects & collects them into the Leftovers tab.

  • So, head to Uninstaller once again and choose Leftovers.
  • Select all the remaining files
  • Press Uninstall to say goodbye to the app that remains.

How to uninstall apps on Mac

If you're wondering whether it's possible to delete system apps like Safari, the answer is no. CleanMyMac X doesn't let you do that. In fact, neither of Mac cleaners can cope with this task. But, with CleanMyMac X, you can remove related files to reset the system application.

  • Just click CleanMyMac X’s menu in the upper-left corner and choose Preferences.
  • Go to Ignore List and click Uninstaller.

How to uninstall apps on Mac

  • Here uncheck the box next to ‘Ignore system applications’.
  • Now, go back to Uninstaller.
  • Click the > show more icon next to the app.
  • Then pick the data you want to delete and press Remove.

How to uninstall apps using Launchpad

Method 3

Speaking about manual uninstallation, Launchpad can also do the job the same as the Trash does.

  • Click the Launchpad icon in the Dock and find the app you want to delete. Click and hold the app until it starts shaking.
  • Then press X in the top-left corner of the app icon and click Delete.

How to uninstall apps on Mac

This manual method is not perfect for the same reason as the first one, cause you’ll still need to check system folders for app leftovers.

How to uninstall apps with native uninstallers

Method 4 At last, it’s time to see how to uninstall apps with native uninstallers. Many applications are designed to clean after themselves. They come with a built-in uninstaller — a self-destroying utility bundled with the main software. Although native uninstallers remain more of a Windows thing, it still takes place in the Mac world. If your app looks like a folder (within the Applications folder), it'll likely have a separate uninstaller.

How to uninstall apps on Mac

  • Open the folder
  • Find the launcher, and follow the onscreen instructions. That’s all!

How to uninstall apps on Mac

Did you find any programs with native uninstallers on your Mac? Share your results in the comments. That’s all for today! Now you are just as good at uninstalling apps on Mac as any Apple engineer. if you found this article helpful make sure to give it a share and also comment below.

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