How to Uninstall Things on Mac

Joel Mason

Mac, Tutorials

Uninstalling applications on your Mac is a simple process that can help you free up space and keep your system organized. In this tutorial, we will guide you through the steps to uninstall things on your Mac. Let’s get started!

Step 1: Open Finder

To begin, open Finder by clicking on the blue smiley face icon located in your dock or by pressing Command + Space and typing “Finder.”

Step 2: Navigate to the Applications Folder

In the sidebar of the Finder window, locate and click on “Applications.” This will display a list of all the applications installed on your Mac.

Step 3: Locate the Application You Want to Uninstall

In this list, find the application you want to uninstall. You can scroll through or use the search bar at the top right corner of the window for quicker access. Once you have found it, select it by clicking on it.

Step 4: Move Application to Trash

To uninstall the application, simply drag and drop it into the Trash bin located in your dock. Alternatively, you can right-click on the application and choose “Move to Trash” from the context menu.


  • Dragging an application to Trash only removes its main files. Some applications may leave behind additional files such as preferences or caches.
  • To completely remove an application, you may need to manually delete these additional files as well.

Step 5: Empty Trash

The final step is to empty your Trash bin. Right-click on the Trash icon in your dock and select “Empty Trash” from the options. Confirm by clicking “Empty Trash” in the pop-up window.


Once you empty the Trash, the application and its associated files will be permanently deleted and cannot be recovered. Make sure you have removed all necessary files before emptying the Trash.

Additional Steps for Complete Uninstallation

If you want to ensure a complete uninstallation, follow these additional steps:

Step 1: Remove Preferences

To remove an application’s preferences, navigate to your user Library folder by holding down the Option key and clicking on “Go” in the Finder menu. Select “Library” from the dropdown menu and then open the “Preferences” folder. Look for any files related to the application you uninstalled and move them to Trash.

Step 2: Delete Caches

Caches are temporary files stored by applications. To remove an application’s caches, follow a similar process as above but open the “Caches” folder instead. Locate any cache files associated with the uninstalled application and delete them.

Step 3: Remove Support Files

In some cases, applications may have support files stored in other locations on your Mac. These files can be found in different folders within your user Library folder or the main Library folder. Look for folders with names similar to the uninstalled application and delete them.


Uninstalling applications on your Mac is a straightforward process that can help you keep your system clean and free up valuable disk space. Remember to always double-check for any additional files left behind by applications after dragging them to Trash. By following these steps, you can ensure a complete uninstallation of unwanted software from your Mac.

We hope this tutorial has been helpful in guiding you through uninstalling things on your Mac. Happy cleaning!

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