How to Uninstall apps on Mac (macOS Ventura Updated)

Last Updated on Sep 20, 2022

Let’s Delete or Uninstall apps On Mac running on the latest macOS. Deleting applications is very easy in macOS compared to any other operating system. Just select the particular application and move to trash. But today, we want to share some more powerful and useful information that will free up a notable space in your macOS. When you uninstall a program on macOS, it is partially removed from the system. However, many related files to that application are still stored on your Mac or MacBook machine. So in this article, I will teach you how to completely uninstall applications on Apple Mac.

I have also found a query in many forums like people are asking how to uninstall apps on MacBook Pro, uninstall apps on MacBook Air, uninstall apps that won’t delete, etc. We want to tell you that each mentioned queries have one and only one solution that you will learn today. Let’s start.

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Steps for Uninstall or Remove Apps From Mac in 6 Ways

There is an alternate mac uninstall app method given below. Use it to uninstall app without app uninstaller mac.

Method 1: Uninstall app from Mac using Application Folder

  • Step #1: Go to Finder and open the /Application folder from the left side finder panel.
  • Step #2: Now, select the application that you want to delete.
  • Step #3: Right-click on the application and tap on “Move to Trash” or drag the app icon to the trash.
Find the Application on Mac under Applications Folder and Move to Trash
Find the Application on Mac under Applications Folder and Move to Trash

Step #4: Next, delete the Application from the “Trashcan” – Recycle bin too. Your mac will ask to enter your Mac system Passcode. Enter to Verify it, and That’s it.

Are you getting the error? “You can’t delete App from the mac system because it’s open.” Try to, Force Close Mac App, then Re-try.

Enter Passcode for Proceed for Delete App from Mac
Enter Passcode for Proceed for Delete App from Mac

So this is what you read is to uninstall an application on macOS. However, if you want to completely uninstall the application on a Mac, then follow further steps.

Method 2: Delete or Uninstall Apps from LaunchPad, Without

Delete app from Launchpad on Mac macBook
Delete the app from Launchpad on Mac MacBook
  1. Open LaunchPad on Mac. [Click on Launchpad icon available on Mac Dock.] Touch Bar Mac users can Open Finder from Right of Control Strip.
  2. Find your App, [Also you can search from above search].
  3. Press the Alt/Option key from the keyboard, All Apps will jiggle. And Click on Delete [X] to Move App into Trash.

Important!

  • You can’t delete App from the mac system because it’s open.
Force Close USB port process from Activity Monitor on Mac
Force Close App on Mac


Then force close the process that is running in the background. We can force close the app process from Activity Monitor, Launch Activity Monitor from Spotlight search, Select process related to Program, and click on the (X) button to close process. That’s it. Now-Again, try to delete or move to trash for uninstalling Programme on Mac.

Read more: Apps Can’t Delete on Mac because it’s open on Mac

Method 3: Uninstall the app using macOS Storage manager

Manage storage of your Mac using the Built-in macOS Storage manager. and Delete the app and Data from the Storage manager. Just see the list of apps, select the app, and Delete it from your Mac.

Without any technical knowledge manage all from one place. But some of the apps, will not show under the mac app manager. “Remove apps you can download again from the App Store to free storage space.”

Follow the below steps, for macOS Ventura or later update (See Uninstall an app on macOS Monterey Using Mac Storage manager)

Step 1→ Go to the Apple Logo > System Settings > General > Storage.

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storage-option-on-mac-settings-to-manage-it

Step 2→ Click on (I) Button next to the Applications.

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see-all-applications-on-mac-and-uninstall-from-mac

Step 3→ Select the App name > Delete.

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uninstall-or-delete-app-from-mac

Step 4→ Again click on Delete Option, and Are you sure you want to delete “App name”? Click on Delete Button.

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complately-uninstall-or-delete-app-on-mac

Step 5→ Verify using a Fingerprint (Touch ID) or Enter your Mac administrator password.

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use-touch-id-or-password-to-verify-and-uninstall-apps-from-mac

That’s it. Repeat the same steps to Delete the app on Mac using Mac Storage manager.

Method 4: How to Uninstall App From Terminal Mac

Run the uninstall command in Terminal to uninstall any app from a mac using the terminal app. Let’s follow the below steps to Delete or Remove app from Mac.

  1. Open Terminal on Mac [Search Terminal in Spotlight Search.]
  2. Copy the below command, and Drag the app icon to Terminal to get the application app path
sudo uninstall file:// [Drage the app to Terminal from application folder]
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uninstall-app-terminal-command-on-mac
  1. Enter the command to Execute, Enter your Mac login password and See the App is uninstalled. If you are getting error “sudo: uninstall: command not found“. then you should try alternate methods.
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move-app-to-terminal-to-get-path
enter-mac-login-password-to-uninstall-app-using-terminal
enter-mac-login-password-to-uninstall-app-using-terminal

The reason behind the error is, that some apps plists file available under the folder that won’t allow deleting an app using the terminal command. under the, ~ / Library / Application Support and ~ / Library / Preferences folders. you should delete the list file first, Open Finder > From top menu Go > Go to Folder > Enter the path. and find the app folder or Plist file to delete them.

Method 5: Delete Program on Mac Using Launchpad

All the Apple Apps and Third-Party Apps downloaded and installed on your Mac can see on Launchpad at a glance. Let’s Get the idea of how we can delete/Uninstall Software from Any mac, MacBook pro-Touch Bar [Using Touch Bar]. This process is marked as Easy and Quick that most of the mac users uninstalling the app like this way,

  • 1: Open LaunchPad on Mac. [Click on Launchpad icon available on Mac Dock.] Touch Bar Mac users can Open Finder from Right of Control Strip.
  • 2: Find your App, [Also you can search from above search].
  • 3: Press Alt/Option key from the keyboard, And Click on Delete to Move App into Trash.

That’s it. Also, delete the data from the trash folder. In the next step, Clean up your Mac System like Subfolder of Delete software; follow the next step.

Method 6: mac app uninstaller

Today, we have great alternatives to the Mac app uninstaller. to Uninstall an app in a single click or Uninstall Multiple apps in a click at once. See the list of Free & Pro Applications to remove or uninstall apps on Mac.

These apps are for an all-in-one solution to make free space quickly and easily. Apart from uninstallation, we can delete files, Backup, and Download folders.

Delete app Data from the App root folder on macOS Mojave/Catalina

Most of the Premium or App-in purchase program creates a different folder that prevents authorizing the future installation. So your All Work and History you can access after reinstalling the program. Some Free software or Trial program also creates a file with information about installation time, and After a trial period, you can use it or Re-install to extend the 30 days more trial. Follow the below steps and delete all Subfolders and Files after the delete app.

  • Step #1: Go to “Finder.” Or type “Finder” in Spotlight Search by open it using (Command + Space)
  • Step #2: Click “Go” from the top of the finder menu panel.
  • Step #3: Now, click “Go to folder.”
1 Go to Folder in finder on MacOS Mojave
  • Step #4: From that, you can get access to any folder by merely entering the path.

To delete various leftovers, follow the hints that completely uninstall application mac

how to delete software on Mac that won’t remove because of Software Created multiple Folders and Copied Fils to many Folders that helps in re-install or Future time.

  • Crashes: ~/Library/Application Support/CrashReporter/
2 go to folder path on MacOS Mojave

We want to show you how to delete the Crashes of applications in the macOS Mojave.

3 Uninstall app data from MacOS Mojave

This is how you can do it to jump directly to each folder by entering the path mentioned below.

  • Library: ~/Library/
  • App Saved States: ~/Library/Saved Application State/
  • Support Caches: ~/Library/Caches/ and /Library/Caches
  • Binary and dock icons: ~/Applications/
  • Plugins: ~/Library/Address Book Plug-Ins/
  • Application Support files: ~/Library/Application
  • App Preferences: ~/Library/Preferences/

So these are the files that can be accessed easily by the user. Unluckily, some files available that you can’t remove from the system because they are macOS prevent you from removing those files.

For an app that won’t delete from the launchpad, Try alternate delete app options.

Drage icon from desktop or From Dock to Trash bin we cannot uninstall it completely.

To force delete app, Move app from applications folder under Finder to Trash icon on the desktop. Or right-click on the app name, Select Trash.

Can’t Uninstall App on Mac? or App won’t delete from launchpad 

How to delete apps on Mac that won’t delete? First, Force Close the App Running in Background, Finally Delete App

Still, there are some applications that you are not able to eliminate; then, it might be pre-installed applications that Apple has provided in Mac. That’s why the system is protecting those applications from deleting.

Moreover, if you are facing difficulty while uninstalling the application and getting an error box, just force close the app by pressing “Command+ Option+Esc” and try to remove the app. Alternatively, you can reboot the Mac and then delete the application from Mac.

Apple Mac can’t delete App because it’s open[Solved]This app can’t be moved to trash because it's open or in Use on Mac OS Sierra

Trying to delete an app on mac but won’t delete it because’s open error shows frequently; please try our deep article about to Mac can’t delete an app because of it’s open.

App Uninstaller Mac Software for Mac

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Do you have a tip and suggestion that works and is great for you? Don’t miss to share with us in the comment box below. You might also be interested to learn the following tips.

1. How to Uninstall App in Mac Pro?

Uninstalling an app method is the same for all macOS Systems but it quite depends on macOS Version if you are deleting or uninstalling the app from the macOS system settings (Storage Manager).

2. How to Uninstall forticlient in Mac?

Uninstalling apps on mac is quite different for some apps like forticlient. So you have checked and know how to delete from Mac. There is an uninstaller installed on your system under the applications folder. or Download Uninstalled for the selected app from their official website. Uninstall forticlient on Mac totally.

3. Uninstall old Adobe Apps Mac

if you won’t able to delete the old previously installed adobe app on Mac, then delete those plist files from the hidden library folder. see more detailed steps given here.

4. how to uninstall all adobe creative cloud apps on mac?

Yes, we can uninstall all adobe apps on Mac and PC at one. To Remove app or App With Data, Open Adobe Creative Cloud app from the Desktop or From the top menu on the Mac menu bar > Under the All page Option > Click on More Option … > From the Drop down list menu, Uninstall. That’s it.

5. How to uninstall MS Office 365 on Mac?

Uninstalling MS Office required removing all sub-applications, MS Excel, MS Powerpoint, and MS Word, here’s the detailed tutorial on How to uninstall MS Office Complately.

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2 Comments
  1. NOTHING OF THIS WORKS
    1: Open LaunchPad on Mac. [Click on Launchpad icon available on Mac Dock.] Touch Bar Mac users can Open Finder from Right of Control Strip.
    2: Find your App, [Also you can search from above search].
    3: Press Alt/Option key from the keyboard, And Click on Delete to Move App into Trash.

  2. Reply
    Cheryl G Shifflett Oct 17, 2019 at 7:58 pm

    I currently have Mac Os Catalina on my Mac computer but I do not like it. I want to go back to what I had previously–Mac Os Sierra. How can I do this? Thank you
    Cheryl Shifflett

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