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Ways to Delete Apps on Mac

By Lois Green, Wednesday, April 19, 2017

This post has been updated in March 30, 2018.

Summary: Want to learn how to completely uninstall application on Mac? This post will show you four different ways to properly uninstall apps on MacBook Air/Pro or iMac that you no longer use. Please check the details below!

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If you are new to Mac system, you may have doubts about how to delete apps on Mac. Here we concludeseveral feasible ways to delete apps on Mac and everything you need to know to about uninstalling apps on Mac. I am sure that it will clear all your doubts.

Method 1: Completely Delete Apps in One Click (Recommended)

Whether you delete an app from launchpad or move an app to the Trash, you only delete the app itself while its useless app files are still occupying your Mac hard drive. However, removing App Library files, caches, preferences and so on is not a simple task. To completely delete an app and its files, you need an Mac App uninstaller to help you. FonePaw MacMaster Uninstaller can help you with that. It can:

  • Remove apps and associated app files including caches, log files, preferences, crash report;

  • Delete any downloaded apps completely in one click.

  • Free up storage by cleaning unneeded files on your Mac, including duplicate files, old files, system junks and more.

Download the trial version of App Uninstaller here:

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Step 1. Launch MacMaster on your Mac. Then choose "Uninstaller" on the left pane and click Scan.

MacMaster Uninstaller

Step 2. The uninstaller will detect all applications information on your Mac and display them in order;

Step 3. Choose an unwanted app, you will see the app and its related files.

Step 4. Click Clean to get rid of the app and its file completely.

Uninstaller Select App and Files

Method 2: Delete Applications in the Finder

To delete apps downloaded from or out of Mac App Store, you can follow these steps:

Move App to Trash on Mac

Step 1. Open Finder and choose Application folder;

Step 2. Find the unwanted app and right click on it;

Step 3. Choose "Move to Trash";

Step 4. Empty the app on the Trash if you want to delete it permanently. And after that, you'll be able to delete an app you downloaded from the Mac App Store.

Note

  • If the app is running, you are unable to move it to the Trash. Please quit the app beforehand.

  • Again, moving an app to the Trash won't delete application data such as caches, log files, preference files.

Method 3: Remove Applications from Dock

If you have kept an application in the Dock, you can simply remove the application by dragging and dropping its icon to Trash.

Drag App to Trash on Dock

Now, just follow the below steps and see how to delete apps from your Dock:

Step 1. In the Dock, press and hold the icon of the application that you want to delete;

Step 2. Drag the icon to the Trash in the Dock and release;

Step 3. To permanently delete the app, choose the app in the Trash and click Empty.

Note

  • The method only works for applications in the Dock.

Method 4: Delete Apps on Mac from Launchpad

If you want to get rid of an app that is downloaded from Mac App Store, you can delete it from Launchpad. The process is very similar to that of deleting an app on iPhone/iPad. Here are the steps to uninstall apps from the Mac App Store through Launchpad:

Delete Apps from Launchpad

Step 1. Choose Launchpad from Dock on Your iMac/MacBook;

Step 2. Long press on the icon of the app that you want to delete;

Step 3. When you release your finger, the icon will jingle;

Step 4. Click X and choose Delete when there is a pop-up message asking whether to delete the app.

Note

  • The deletion can not be undone.

  • This method only delete apps but leave behind related app data;

  • There is no X icon available beside non-App Store apps. To delete apps that are downloaded out of App Store, please try the following methods.

Which method do you prefer? Just choose the one that you are most comfortable with. And to get more internal memory, it is important to delete its related app files when uninstalling an app. Otherwise, The growing app files could become a burden on your Mac hard drive over time.

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