Way to Completely uninstall Application On Mac, MacBook Monterey, Ventura & Earlier

Last Updated on Jun 17, 2022

Let’s Delete or Uninstall apps or Programs running on macOS Monterey, Ventura, Big Sur, Catalina, Mojave? 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.

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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 mentions 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

  • 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.

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

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.

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.

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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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