How to Uninstall Program on Mac

Kyle Wood

Mac, Tutorials

Uninstalling a program on a Mac is a fairly straightforward process. Whether you want to remove an application you no longer use or need to free up some disk space, this guide will walk you through the steps.

Step 1: Locate the Application

The first step is to find the program you want to uninstall. You can do this by opening the Applications folder on your Mac. To access this folder, simply click on the Finder icon in your Dock (the icon that looks like a smiling face) and then select “Applications” from the sidebar.

Step 2: Drag and Drop to Trash

Once you have located the program you wish to uninstall, simply click and hold on its icon and drag it to the Trash bin in your Dock. Alternatively, you can right-click on the application icon and select “Move to Trash”.

Note: Some applications may require an additional step for uninstallation. In such cases, make sure to check if there are any specific instructions provided by the application’s developer.

Step 3: Emptying the Trash

After moving an application to the Trash, it is not completely uninstalled from your Mac. To free up disk space, you need to empty the Trash bin.

To empty the Trash, right-click on its icon in the Dock and select “Empty Trash”. Alternatively, click on “Finder” in your menu bar, choose “Empty Trash”, and confirm your action when prompted.

Troubleshooting: Unable to Empty Trash

If you encounter any issues while emptying the trash due to locked files or permissions errors, follow these steps:

  • Force Quit Apps: Make sure no applications associated with the program you are uninstalling are currently running. You can use the “Force Quit” option (accessible via the Apple menu or by pressing Command + Option + Esc) to close any stubborn apps.
  • Restart Your Mac: Sometimes, a simple restart can resolve issues preventing you from emptying the Trash.

    After restarting, try emptying the Trash again.

  • Using Terminal: If all else fails, you can try using Terminal to force remove locked files. Open Terminal (found in Applications > Utilities), type sudo rm -rf ~/.Trash, and press Enter. Enter your admin password when prompted.


Uninstalling a program on a Mac is a hassle-free process. By following these steps, you can keep your system organized and free up valuable disk space. Remember to always double-check specific instructions provided by application developers for any additional uninstallation steps!

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