How to Uninstall From Mac

Joel Mason

Mac, Tutorials

Uninstalling applications from your Mac is a simple process that can help you free up space and keep your system running smoothly. In this tutorial, we will guide you through the steps to uninstall applications from your Mac using different methods.

Method 1: Using the Finder

If you have downloaded an application from the internet or installed it using a DMG file, you can easily uninstall it by following these steps:

  • Open the Finder by clicking on its icon in the dock.
  • In the menu bar at the top of the screen, click on “Go” and then select “Applications”.
  • A new Finder window will open, showing all the applications installed on your Mac.
  • Locate the application you want to uninstall and drag it to the Trash bin icon in your dock.
  • To complete the uninstallation process, right-click on the Trash bin icon and select “Empty Trash”.

Method 2: Using Launchpad

If you have downloaded an application from the Mac App Store, you can use Launchpad to uninstall it:

  • Click on Launchpad in your dock or use a pinch gesture with your thumb and three fingers on your trackpad.
  • A grid of application icons will appear on your screen.
  • Find the application you want to uninstall and click-and-hold its icon until it starts jiggling.
  • An “X” will appear in the corner of each jiggling icon. Click on it to uninstall the corresponding application.
  • Click on “Delete” in the confirmation prompt that appears to complete the uninstallation process.

Method 3: Using a Third-Party Uninstaller

If you want to ensure a more thorough uninstallation of an application, you can use a third-party uninstaller tool like AppCleaner:

  • Download and install the AppCleaner application from its official website.
  • Open AppCleaner and drag the application you want to uninstall into its window.
  • AppCleaner will then scan your system for related files and display them in a list.
  • Review the list of files that will be deleted and click on “Remove” to uninstall the application and its associated files.


If you encounter any issues while trying to uninstall an application, here are some troubleshooting tips:

1. Permission Errors

If you receive a permission error while trying to move an application to the Trash, make sure that you are logged in as an administrator or try using the “sudo” command in the Terminal.

2. Application Still Appears in Launchpad

If an application still appears in Launchpad after uninstalling it, try restarting your Mac.

If it persists, you can manually remove its entry from Launchpad by navigating to “~/Library/Application Support/Dock/”. Delete the file named “db” and then restart your Mac.

3. Leftover Files

Sometimes, even after uninstalling an application, some leftover files may remain on your Mac. You can manually search for these files using Finder’s search function or use a utility like Spotlight or EasyFind to locate them.

In conclusion, knowing how to properly uninstall applications from your Mac is essential for keeping your system organized and optimized. Whether you choose to use the Finder, Launchpad, or a third-party uninstaller tool, following these steps will help you remove unwanted applications and free up valuable disk space on your Mac.

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