How to Uninstall Garageband on Mac

Kyle Wood

Mac, Tutorials

Are you looking to uninstall Garageband from your Mac? Whether you no longer use the application or need to free up some disk space, removing Garageband is a straightforward process. In this tutorial, we will guide you through the steps to uninstall Garageband on your Mac.

Before You Begin

Before proceeding with the uninstallation process, it is important to note that Garageband is a built-in app on macOS. This means that it cannot be completely removed from your system. However, we can disable and remove most of its components to free up space and prevent it from running in the background.

Step 1: Quit Garageband

The first step in uninstalling any application on your Mac is to ensure that it is not running. To quit Garageband, follow these simple steps:

  1. Click on the Garageband icon in the Dock
  2. Select Quit Garageband

Step 2: Remove Garageband from Applications Folder

To remove Garageband from your Applications folder, follow these steps:

  1. Open a new Finder window
  2. Navigate to the /Applications folder
  3. Locate the Garageband app icon
  4. Select and drag the icon to the Trash bin icon (or right-click and choose Move to Trash)
  5. Type your administrator password if prompted
  6. Right-click on the Trash bin icon
  7. Select Empty Trash

Step 3: Remove Garageband Support Files

To ensure that all associated files are removed, follow these steps:

  1. Open a new Finder window
  2. Navigate to the Go menu at the top of your screen and select Go to Folder..
  3. Type in the following path:
    • /Library/Application Support/Garageband/
    • /Library/Audio/Apple Loops/Apple/Loops for Garageband/
    • /Library/Application Scripts/


The above paths contain various support files related to Garageband, including additional sound files and presets. Removing these files will free up even more disk space on your Mac.

  1. Delete all the files and folders within these locations.
    • Note: You may be prompted to enter your administrator password during this process.

    Congratulations! You have successfully uninstalled Garageband from your Mac.

    In conclusion, removing Garageband from your Mac is a simple process that involves quitting the application, deleting it from the Applications folder, and removing associated support files. By following these steps, you can free up valuable disk space on your Mac and ensure that Garageband is no longer running in the background.

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