How to Remove Mail App From Mac

Alicia Santos

Mac, Tutorials

Are you tired of the Mail app cluttering up your Mac? If you find yourself using other email clients and rarely or never using the built-in Mail app, it might be time to remove it. In this tutorial, we will guide you through the process of removing the Mail app from your Mac.

Step 1: Close the Mail App

Before we can proceed with removing the Mail app, make sure to close it completely. To do this, click on the Mail icon in your Dock or go to File > Quit Mail in the menu bar.

Step 2: Open Terminal

To remove the Mail app from your Mac, we will be using Terminal. You can find Terminal in /Applications/Utilities. Once you have located it, double-click on Terminal to open it.

Step 3: Enter Command

In Terminal, type or copy and paste the following command:

sudo rm -rf /Applications/Mail.app

This command will remove the Mail app from your Applications folder. Press Enter.

Note:

The sudo command is used to execute a command with superuser privileges, which allows you to make changes that would typically require administrator access.

Step 4: Provide Administrator Password

To execute the command and remove the Mail app, you will need to provide your administrator password. Type in your password when prompted and press Enter.

Note:

The password field will not show any characters as you type. This is normal behavior for security reasons. Simply type in your password and press Enter.

Step 5: Confirm Removal

After entering your password, Terminal will initiate the process of removing the Mail app. This may take a few moments. Once the process is complete, you will see a new command prompt line.

To confirm that the Mail app has been removed, you can go to your Applications folder and check if it is no longer present. Alternatively, you can also search for it using Spotlight.

Note:

If you ever decide to use the Mail app again in the future, you can download it from the Mac App Store or restore it from a Time Machine backup.

In Conclusion

You have successfully removed the Mail app from your Mac using Terminal. By following these steps, you can declutter your system and free up valuable space.

Remember: Removing system applications like Mail can have consequences if not done correctly. Make sure to follow this tutorial carefully and double-check any commands before executing them in Terminal.

  • Make sure to close the Mail app before proceeding.
  • Open Terminal from /Applications/Utilities.
  • Type or copy-paste “sudo rm -rf /Applications/Mail.app” in Terminal.
  • Provide your administrator password when prompted.
  • Confirm that the Mail app has been removed from your Applications folder or using Spotlight.

If you ever need to reinstall the Mail app, simply download it from the Mac App Store or restore it from a Time Machine backup.

Note:

This tutorial assumes that you have administrator privileges on your Mac and are comfortable using Terminal. If you are unsure or uncomfortable with using Terminal, it is recommended to seek assistance from someone experienced in Mac systems.

That’s it! You have successfully removed the Mail app from your Mac. Enjoy a clutter-free experience and feel free to explore other email clients that better suit your needs.

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