How to Uninstall an Application on Mac

Joel Mason

Mac, Tutorials

Uninstalling applications on a Mac can be a simple process if you know the right steps to follow. In this tutorial, we will guide you through the process of uninstalling an application on your Mac. Whether you want to remove a rarely used app, free up disk space, or troubleshoot an issue, uninstalling applications is a handy skill every Mac user should have.

Step 1: Locate the Application

To start uninstalling an application on your Mac, you first need to locate it. There are several ways to do this:

  • Finder: Open Finder and navigate to the “Applications” folder. This is where most applications are installed.
  • Launchpad: If the application you want to uninstall is available in Launchpad, click on the Launchpad icon in the Dock and search for the app.

Step 2: Quit the Application

Before uninstalling an application, it’s important to make sure it’s not running. Running applications may have background processes that interfere with the uninstallation process. To quit an application:

  • From Dock: Right-click on the application icon in the Dock and select “Quit”.
  • From Menu Bar: Click on the application name in the menu bar and select “Quit [Application Name]”.
  • Force Quit (if necessary): If an application is unresponsive or won’t quit normally, press Command + Option + Escape simultaneously to open the Force Quit Applications window. Select the problematic app and click “Force Quit”. However, force quitting should be used as a last resort.

Step 3: Uninstall the Application

Now that the application is not running, you can proceed with the uninstallation process. There are different methods to uninstall applications on a Mac:

Method 1: Drag and Drop

This is the simplest method to uninstall most applications:

  1. Locate the application: Open Finder and navigate to the “Applications” folder.
  2. Select the application: Click and hold on the application icon.
  3. Drag to Trash: Drag the icon to the Trash icon in your Dock. You can also right-click on the icon and select “Move to Trash”.
  4. Empty Trash: Right-click on the Trash icon in your Dock and select “Empty Trash”. Confirm when prompted.

Method 2: Uninstaller Provided by Application Developer

In some cases, developers provide an uninstaller with their applications. If you find an uninstaller, follow these steps:

  1. Locate the uninstaller: Check for an uninstaller in one of these locations:
    • The application’s folder in “Applications”.
    • A separate folder created by the developer during installation.
    • The developer’s website or support page.
  2. Run the uninstaller: Double-click on the uninstaller file and follow any prompts or instructions provided.

Note: Removing App Preferences

Sometimes, even after uninstalling an application, its preferences files may remain on your Mac. To completely remove an application and its associated files:

  1. Open Finder: Click on the Finder icon in the Dock.
  2. Select “Go”: Click on “Go” in the menu bar and select “Go to Folder”.
  3. Enter the preferences folder path: Type “~/Library/Preferences/” and click “Go”.
  4. Delete the preferences files: Locate and delete any files related to the uninstalled application. Be cautious not to delete files of other applications.


Congratulations! You have successfully learned how to uninstall applications on your Mac.

Remember, removing unnecessary applications can help improve your Mac’s performance and free up valuable disk space. It’s always a good practice to uninstall apps you no longer use or need. With these simple steps, you can easily keep your Mac clean and organized.

So go ahead and start decluttering your Mac by uninstalling those unused applications!

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