How to Remove an App From Mac

Kyle Wood

Mac, Tutorials

Are you tired of cluttered desktops and want to remove unnecessary apps from your Mac? Don’t worry, we’ve got you covered! In this tutorial, we will walk you through the step-by-step process of removing an app from your Mac.

Step 1: Locate the App

The first step is to locate the app that you want to remove. You can find most of your installed apps in the Applications folder. To open it, follow these steps:

  • Click on the Finder icon in your dock. The Finder window will open.
  • In the menu bar at the top of your screen, click on Go.
  • A drop-down menu will appear.

    Click on Applications. This will open the Applications folder.

If you cannot find the app in the Applications folder, it may be located elsewhere. In that case, use Spotlight search by clicking on the magnifying glass icon in the top-right corner of your screen and type in the name of the app.

Step 2: Move to Trash

Once you have located the app, it’s time to remove it from your Mac. To do this:

  • Select the app by clicking on it once.
  • Drag and drop the app into the Trash bin icon located at the end of your dock. Alternatively, you can right-click on the app and select Move to Trash.

Note that moving an app to Trash only removes it from your desktop and does not delete it permanently from your Mac. It’s similar to moving a file to the Recycle Bin in Windows.

Step 3: Empty the Trash

Although the app is no longer on your desktop, it still resides in your Trash bin. To completely remove it from your Mac:

  • Right-click on the Trash bin icon in your dock.
  • A pop-up menu will appear. Click on Empty Trash.

    Alternatively, you can press Command + Shift + Delete on your keyboard.

  • A confirmation window will appear asking if you want to permanently delete the selected items. Click on Empty Trash to confirm.

Congratulations! You have successfully removed the app from your Mac. It’s always a good practice to empty your Trash regularly to free up disk space and keep your Mac running smoothly.


If you encounter any issues during the removal process, here are some troubleshooting steps you can try:

  • Restart your Mac: Sometimes, a simple restart can resolve any temporary issues that may be preventing an app from being removed.
  • Use Terminal: If an app refuses to move to Trash, you can try using Terminal commands to force remove it. However, exercise caution while using Terminal commands as they can affect system files.
  • Contact App Developer: If all else fails, reach out to the app developer’s support team for further assistance.

We hope this tutorial has been helpful in guiding you through the process of removing an app from your Mac. Enjoy a clutter-free desktop and improved performance!

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