Users that are new to the world of Apple may lack some skills, necessary to get rid of the applications completely. It is not difficult to erase a software, but it is not a doddle to remove all the associated files so that the target app is fully gone from the computer.
The challenge is that Macs do not come with the inserted uninstallers, unlike Windows personal computers. However, it is not a problem to delete the software with the help of built-in tools, apps’ native uninstallers (if they are included), and third-party cleaners. It is time to discuss each of these methods one-by-one to provide you with an overall picture of how to remove various applications from Mac.
Remove a Program from Mac via Launchpad
It is better to download and install Mac OS applications from the App Store. The technique described in this section works with any software obtained from that place. This way, a Mac owner can eliminate the apps like Pixelmator or Evernote.
Stage 1: Move to the Dock and search for the Launchpad utility. Its logo is a silver rocket ship. Another alternative is to press F4. One more option is the rows of icons a user can see on the Touch Bar.
Stage 2: Launch the utility. It will replace any opened windows with a bunch of applications shown up in alphabetical order. It is possible to observe, launch, and change the order of tools. Of course, a user may also delete the software in this utility.
Stage 3: Pick the software you wish to erase and hold until it begins to shake. Jiggling means the software is ready to be transferred or eliminated.
Stage 4: Once the app begins to jiggle a user will notice an “X” button showing up in the upper-left corner. Just click it to verify the decision using Delete option to rid your computer of the tool in question.
What if a user deletes a software he/she needs by accident? There is no need to panic – it is enough to go the App Store and re-download it without paying once more.
Delete Software through Finder and Clear Out the Leftovers
Not every application is available in Launchpad, especially those you have obtained from other places. There is another wonderful software that may help you with uninstallation. It is called Finder.
- Launch Finder.
- Go to the Applications folder and scroll down until you discover the app you’re looking for.
- Discover whether the tool possesses the associated folder. In case it does, pick the folder, there is a chance you can find the native uninstaller over there as many third-party developers do not forget to include the way to delete the software completely. So, if the application has the corresponding uninstaller, click it. The process of deletion will begin automatically, you will just need to follow the on-screen instructions.
However, if there is no related uninstaller, just drag and drop the target software’s icon to the Trash bin.
- All you have to do now to make sure the application is fully gone is to search for the corresponding leftovers in the system libraries and erase them. Look for items that contain the name or the acronym of the app or its developer in the title.
- The first location to check is the /Home/Library/Preferences/ folder. There is no need to keep the associated files after you uninstall the software.
- Check Home/Library/Applications Support/ folder to discover any installation components over there.
- Check both /Library/Startup Items/ folder and the /Home/Library/Startup Items/ folder to find the related startup items.
- How about the login items? You will need to get to the Login Items tab in the System Preferencesà There you should pick the “-“ sign next to the unwanted application.
- Do not forget to scan the /Library/Receipts/folder. You will need to look for the extensions ending up with “.pkg.”
- Finally, it is recommended to check if the app used startup daemons/agents. It is necessary to scan three directories:
From time to time, a Mac owner may be required to type a username and password to confirm the action. After doing that, push the OK button. The app is not gone from your Mac once you throw it into the Trash. You can go there and revive it if you change your mind. In other cases, keep holding the Trash icon until the option ‘Empty Trash’ pops up, and pick it to get rid of everything stored there.
What Should You Do with the Mac’s Built-in Software?
For example, a Mac owner finds it senseless to keep Safari, Mail, or Chess on his device. Unfortunately, you cannot uninstall just whatever you want, and experts recommend leaving all built-in apps on Mac. The proper functioning of your Apple computer depends on some of those tools. Such utilities somehow represent the Apple brand, so the company does not allow removing them.
What you can do is Control + Click the tools you don’t want to see in the Dock to make their icons hide from your eyes. After that, pick Options in the pop-up menu. There, choose Remove from Dock. It is just one of the ways to wipe the Dock.
To make the apps visually disappear from Launchpad, click and keep holding a corresponding icon, and then drag it over another one.
If you are pretty sure the app is useless, there is one method to get rid of it, but watch out! Only an experienced user can take such risk. Launch the Terminal app and type the following code IDENTICALLY: sudo rm -rf /Applications/Chess.app. Mid that the smallest typo in Terminal can lead to the unexpected, disastrous results.
How about Minimizing Your Efforts with the Third-Party App?
Do not break your head against the wall trying to remove the apps manually. After all, you cannot know all the associated processes and items, so you risk having many leftovers after the regular software uninstallation. How can you clean your Mac without allowing any leftovers?
Many free and paid cleaners for Mac are available on the market today. By activating them, a user automatically activates several useful functions, including the opportunity to detect associated app files in the system. Decide which of the cleaning tools is the best for your operating system before installing it. Once you launch the chosen cleaner, drag-and-drop the unwanted application into it.
The software will quickly find all the related files and present the results to you. It is up to the user to decide which items may stay and which should be gone forever. In the end, send the useless files to the Trash and Empty it.
That is the simplest way a Mac owner can uninstall any sort of application excluding built-in tools in a couple of clicks!