This post has been updated in March 28, 2018
Summary: This post is about how to uninstall programs on Mac. In most of the cases, users fail to properly uninstall apps on Mac. So I create this guide to show you how to delete apps on Mac that won't be deleted on Mac El Capitan, macOS Sierra and so on.
Uninstalling application is like the most easy thing to do on Mac. In fact, if you want to completely remove an application and its associated files, there are more to do than simply draging and dropping the application to the trash. So what should you do? A good applications uninstaller for Mac is considerable. Here is how to uninstall applications on Mac and why a Mac app uninstaller is needed to remove the apps completely on MacBook Air/Pro.
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Method 1: How to Uninstall Applications on Mac
If you have used a Windows computer, you'll notice that on Mac, there is no such thing as Uninstall Program control panel like it is in Windows operation system. On Mac OS X/macOS Sierra , to uninstall an application, you should:
Go to Finder and choose Application folder;
Search for the app that you want to get rid of;
Drag and drop the icon of the app to Trash or right click on the icon and choose "Move to Trash".
The problem with this drag-and-drop method is that it simply removes the app itself while leaving behind the app's additional files including:
- Application support files
- Preference files
- Application state
These left-over files are usually stored in your Library folder. To bring out Library folder, go to Finder, click on Go and press Alt/Option key. The Library option will appear. Enter the name of the app that you just deleted and search for its associated files in Library, you will see files like these:
However, let's admit it, for regular users,it is hard to identify if these application files are safe to delete. You don't want to mistakenly delete some useful files and make other apps disfunction on your Mac. That's why you need an app uninstaller for Mac, which can remove associated app files while uninstalling an app.
Method 2: Completely Uninstall Applications on Mac with Uninstaller (5K Users Have Tried)
To completely uninstall applications on Mac, you should use the Uninstaller feature in FonePaw MacMaster. The program can:
Scan out all applications and their additional files on your Mac;
Arrange the applications by date and size;
Remove applications and app files in one click.
Better than other app uninstallers which can only be used for uninstalling apps, MacMaster is much more powerful with the features such as cleaning system files, duplicate files, big files on Mac.
Compatible with Mac OS 10.10 and above (macOS Sierra/OS X Yosemite/El Capitan and more), MacMaster is free to download on Mac App Store. Click the button below to get it. And then follow the steps to completely uninstall applications on Mac:
Step 1. Open MacMaster on your Mac or MacBook. Choose "Uninstaller" and click "Scan"
Step 2. The program will begin to search for applications and their addtional files on your computer.
Step 3. After scanning, you'll see all applications, their information (source, installed date, size, last opened date) and their additional files. Click Sort By out the applications by name, date or size. Or you can type on the search bar to search for a specific application.
Step 4. Tick the applications that you want to uninstall as well as their additional files if there is any. Click "Clean".
Step 5. The program will ask you to confirm your selection. Make sure that you have selected the right unwanted applications. Click "Confirm".
Step 6.The program will clean the applications and their additional files quickly.
Go ahead to have a try with this app uninstaller on Mac. And if you like, tell us how you feel about this program by leaving your comments below.