Mac: How to Uninstall Application

If you’re a new Mac user or if you’ve never had to delete apps, it can be a little tricky to find, but it’s easy once you know what to do. You maybe used to Windows, it comes with an uninstaller, so all you have to do is right click and select “uninstall.” But on a Mac, there’s no auto uninstaller, so sometimes it’s not obvious how to uninstall apps on your Mac you no longer want.

If the app is on your desktop, it’s an easy fix. Simply click and drag the icon to your trash and it will be uninstalled. If it’s not on your desktop, it may take a bit more searching. You can open the find function window and find your Applications folder. The strange thing is that it’s still taking up some space sitting in your trash folder. If you want to clear it out, you’ll need to then empty your trash.

When you drop the app into your trash icon, you may be prompted with a handy window that asks you to enter information in order to confirm it’s okay to delete. Enter your admin account information for your device and then press “Ok.”empty trash

Change your mind about deleting the app? That’s fine. Your Mac is smart enough to understand you may want to recover an app that you previously decided to delete. If you want to recover the app, go to your Trash and drag the app back to your desktop or into the folder where you’d like it to be stored.

If you want to delete from your launch pad, it’s even easier. Simply click and hold the app you want to delete until it starts shaking. Then an X appears and you can click the x and then confirm in order to delete the no longer wanted app.

How to Uninstall Application That’s Built-in

If you’re trying to delete a built-in app, you can do it by accessing the directions in OS X Daily and following the steps, although this isn’t usually recommended. Most people delete unnecessary or extra apps they aren’t using, but leave the apps that came with the software. Some of them are even more difficult to remove. You may have to google how to uninstall a specific program, which may involve accessing the app or plug in from a different place.

One of the issues with not having a solid uninstaller program on Macs is that even after you delete an app, there are a lot of leftover files in places you may not see. This can be cumbersome because it’s taking up valuable space, and you’re not even able to use the app because it’s technically deleted. If you’re wanting to locate and clean up these kinds of leftover files, you may want to consider using a cleaning software program such as CleanMyMac3 or AppCleaner which both come with a streamlined uninstaller program. This can quickly locate and delete hang-over files, while freeing up more space for your Mac.

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