How to Uninstall Apple Built-in Apps on macOS Sonoma/Ventura

Cassie Xie
Last updated: Oct 20, 2023
Summary: Why can’t uninstall some apps on Mac? It might be because the app is a preinstalled Apple app. This post introduces how to uninstall default Apple apps on your Mac.

macOS comes with some preinstalled apps to help you use your Mac computer with ease. In general, Apple doesn’t allow users to uninstall these default Apple apps. You may get a message saying that the app can’t be deleted because it’s required by macOS.

However, if you really want to uninstall built-in apps on Mac, you can check the guide below.

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Uninstall Built-in Apps on Mac with Terminal

To remove a preinstalled Apple app on your Mac, you can use Terminal. Check the detailed steps below.

  1. Power on your Mac and immediately press Command + R to start your Mac in Recovery Mode.
  2. In Recovery Mode, click Utilities in the menu bar and select Terminal to launch Terminal.
  3. Type the command csrutil disable and press Enter to disable SIP on your Mac.
  4. After that, click Apple > Restart from the menu bar to restart your Mac in normal mode.
  5. Open Terminal via Spotlight or go to Finder > Applications > Utilities > Terminal to launch it.
  6. In the Terminal window, type the command sudo uninstall file://.
  7. Then drag the app icon into Terminal after the command, and it will automatically add the app path after the command.
  8. Press Enter to uninstall the default system app from your Mac. You may be asked to enter your admin password.
how to uninstall Apple built-in apps on Mac with Terminal

Disabling SIP can potentially harm your system's security and stability. It's advised to enable SIP again after you complete the specific tasks. To re-enable SIP, you can follow the same steps above to launch Terminal in Recovery Mode, type the command csrutil enable and press Enter.

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Be extremely cautious when using Terminal commands to uninstall built-in apps on Mac. Wrong commands may cause data loss. Still, deleting system apps or files can cause system issues, so you should not do this unless you have to. Back up your important data before you take action.

Why Apple Prevent Users from Uninstalling Built-in Apps on Mac

Apple uses the SIP (System Integrity Protection) technology to prevent users from removing built-in applications on Mac. It limits some actions to protect the integrity of macOS. The built-in apps are considered a part of the system.

If you uninstall some Apple default apps from your Mac, it may cause system issues and make your computer work abnormally. Still, you may not be able to reinstall those apps after uninstalling them. If your Mac crashes after removing a built-in app, you may need to reinstall macOS or reset your Mac to factory settings. This may cause data loss. Therefore, you should never delete important system apps.

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Bottom Line

This post gives a simple guide on how to uninstall built-in apps on Mac with Terminal. An easy-to-use Mac cleaner application is also provided to help clean and speed up your Mac.

Cassie has been writing about technology for her entire career life - over 5 years. She enjoys diving into how Apple products work and then breaking it down in a way anyone can understand.