How to Completely Uninstall Apps on Mac

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Sarahi Johns

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For those who are new to macOS, removing apps on macOS may not be easy. But in fact, this process is much simpler than on Windows. The following article will show you how to completely delete Mac applications that you don't want or don't use in two ways.

Read on for more details.

How to Completely Uninstall Apps on Mac

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Delete Apps on Mac Manually

1. How to Uninstall Apps on Mac with Finder

It is very convenient to use Finder to uninstall applications from the Internet and the Apple Store. The process is similar on macOS Big Sur, Catalina, and Mojave. Follow the steps below:

How to Delete Apps with Mac Finder

2. How to Delete Apps with Launchpad

For apps downloaded directly from the Apple Store, you can remove them using Launchpad.

Uninstall Apps with LaunchPad

3. Remove App Leftover Files Manually

You may notice that using Finder and Launchpad to uninstall apps is not thorough. To completely uninstall an app from your Mac, you have to go over the folders below to delete all the app-related files.

  1. ~/Library/Application Support (for app support files)
  2. /Library/Caches/ and ~/Library/Caches (for support caches)
  3. ~/Library/Internet Plug-Ins/ (for plugins)
  4. ~/Library/Preferences/ (app preferences)
  5. ~/Library/Application Support/CrashReporter/ (for crashes)
  6. ~/Library/Saved Application State/ (app saved states)

How to Remove App Leftovers Manually

How to Uninstall Apps on Mac with BuhoCleaner Quickly

BuhoCleaner is a free application uninstaller for the Mac. Not only can you use it to uninstall unwanted apps in bulk, but you can also use it to delete leftover files from uninstalled apps quickly. 

How to Uninstall Apps Quickly - Scan Apps

How to Uninstall Apps Quickly - Remove Apps Quickly

The Bottom Line

Now you have learned how to manually and automatically uninstall applications on your Mac. In general, the manual method is a bit complicated and prone to the risk of deleting files by mistake. Using BuhoCleaner to uninstall Mac applications is safe, fast, and risk-free, suitable for all levels of Mac users. Have a try now. It's free to download.


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