Completely Remove Apps from MacBook

By Lois Green, Wednesday, April 19, 2017

Dragging an app to Trash or deleting the app from launchpad doesn't mean that you have removed the app completely from your MacBook. A complete uninstall involves removing not only an app itself but also its associated files. Deleting these application files is essential because:

  • You can free up more space in Mac hard drive;

  • You can get rid of corrupted application files that cause trouble.

So here we'll look into what these app files are, and how to access application files on Mac so that you can have the apps uninstalled completely. The tips can be used in both macOS Sierra or an earlier OS X, like El Capitan, Yosemite.

What Do App Files Include?

When an app is installed and runs on your MacBook Pro/Air, it usually needs to generate some supporting files. These app files often include: 

  • Caches;

  • Plugins;

  • Saved states;

  • Preferences;

  • Support files;

  • Crashes report;

  • Launch daemons;

  • Launch agents;

  • Startup items.

The vast majority of applications include first six types of app files while few applications need to use LaunchAgents, Preference Panes or Startup Items. 

How to Access App Files on MacBook?

Apps store their app files in the Library folder on MacBook hard drive. And since OS X Mountain Lion, Library folder is hidden on Mac. To access Library folder, you can hit Command + Shift + G to bring out "Go to the folder" window and type ~/Library. And the app files will be stored in these folder under Library folder: 

  • Caches: ~/Library/Caches/(App Name)

  • Plugins: ~/Library/Address Book Plug-Ins/(App Name)

  • Saved states: ~/Library/Saved Application State/(App Name)

  • Preferences: ~/Library/Preferences/(App Name)

  • Crashes report: ~/Library/Application Support/CrashReporter/(App Name)

  • Support files: ~/Library/Application/(App Name)

  • Launch daemons: ~/Library/LaunchDaemons/(App Name)

  • Launch agents: ~/Library/LaunchAgents/(App Name)

  • Startup items: ~/Library/StartupItems/(App Name)

App Files in Library on Mac

You can go through these folders one by one to remove unwanted app files. But please make sure that you have read the file names carefully before deleting the files to avoid mistaken deletion.

If you hate to check all the folders, you can make use of an App uninstaller to make thing much more easier. Read on to find out the easy way to uninstall apps on MacBook.

Easy Way to Remove Apps Completely on MacBook

App Uninstall is a program that can locate app files for you and completely remove app & app files in one click. It can: 

  • Scan out all downloaded apps and their related information: source, last opened date, size, etc.;

  • Locate apps and app files so you don't have to go through every folders;

  • Remove apps and related app files in one click if you have upgraded to the pro version. 

Here is how it work.

Step 1. Free download App Uninstall from Mac App Store.

Download App Uninstall

Open the program on your MacBook and click "Grant Access".

App Uninstall Homepage

Step 2. Click Allow to enable the program to access your Application folder. You can also choose other folder that stores unneeded apps.

App Uninstll Allow Access

Step 3. All the applications on the chosen folder will be displayed. Choose the one that you want to remove.

Step 4Move mouse cursor to the blank area beside the app or app file, a search icon Search Icon will appear. Click search icon to locate the app and its app files. Then you can manually move the app and its files to Trash.

Select Apps and App Files to Delete

Step 5. If you are using pro version of App Uninstall, simply tick the unwanted app and app files and click Remove.

Any other question about completely removing apps on MacBook. Leave you comments below.

Is this helpful?

Thank you for providing feedback!