How to Uninstall Apps on Mac

Charlotte Daniels

Mac, Tutorials

Uninstalling apps on Mac is a simple process that can help you free up valuable disk space and declutter your system. In this tutorial, we will guide you through the steps to uninstall apps on Mac using different methods.

Method 1: Drag and Drop

If you have downloaded an app from the internet or installed it from a disk image (DMG), uninstalling it can be as easy as dragging and dropping it to the Trash. Here’s how:

  1. Open Finder by clicking on its icon in the Dock.

  2. In the sidebar, click on “Applications” to view all your installed apps.

  3. Locate the app you want to uninstall and click and hold on its icon.

  4. Drag the app icon to the Trash icon in the Dock. You can also right-click on the app icon and select “Move to Trash”.

  5. To complete the uninstallation, open “Trash” from the Dock, right-click on the app, and select “Empty Trash”.

Note: Some apps may require you to enter your administrator password before they can be moved to Trash.

Method 2: Using Launchpad

If you prefer a more visual approach, you can use Launchpad to uninstall apps on your Mac. Follow these steps:

  1. Click on Launchpad in the Dock or press F4 on your keyboard.

  2. Find the app you want to uninstall by scrolling through the icons or using search.

  3. Click and hold on the app icon until it starts shaking.

  4. Click on the “X” icon that appears on the top-left corner of the app icon.

  5. A confirmation dialog will appear. Click “Delete” to remove the app.

Note: Some apps downloaded from the Mac App Store may not have an “X” icon. In that case, you can only uninstall them by dragging them to Trash using Method 1.

Method 3: Using Third-Party Uninstaller Apps

If you want a more comprehensive and automated way of uninstalling apps, you can use third-party uninstaller apps. These apps not only remove the main app but also delete associated files and folders. One popular option is CleanMyMac, which offers an easy-to-use interface and advanced cleaning features.

Here’s how to use CleanMyMac:

  1. Download and install CleanMyMac from their official website.

  2. Launch CleanMyMac and click on the “Uninstaller” tab in the sidebar.

  3. Wait for CleanMyMac to scan your system for installed apps.

  4. Select the app you want to uninstall from the list of installed apps.

  5. Click on “Uninstall” and follow any additional prompts if necessary.

Note: Remember to always download third-party apps from trusted sources.

In Conclusion

Uninstalling apps on Mac is easy and can be done in just a few steps. Whether you choose to drag and drop, use Launchpad, or rely on third-party uninstaller apps, keeping your Mac organized and free from unnecessary apps is essential for optimal performance.

Remember to empty the Trash after uninstalling apps to completely remove them from your system. With these methods at your disposal, you can now confidently remove unwanted apps from your Mac and enjoy a clutter-free experience.

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