Uninstall Adobe Creative Cloud on Mac [Complete Removal Guide]

Jerome Peng
Last updated: Jul 1, 2024

This article will guide you on how to completely uninstall Adobe Creative Cloud from your Mac. Detailed steps are shared. Check it out now.

Adobe Creative Cloud, or Adobe CC, is a suite of applications and services, including Photoshop, Illustrator, InDesign, and After Effects. Despite its power and ease of use, you may need to uninstall it from your Mac, and doing so thoroughly can be challenging.

Fortunately, this article guides you on two ways to completely uninstall Adobe Creative Cloud from your Mac.

Uninstall Adobe Creative Cloud on Mac [Complete Removal Guide]

How to Manually Uninstall Adobe Creative Cloud on Mac

Step #1. Quit Adobe Creative Cloud

This step is crucial for successfully uninstalling Adobe Creative Cloud. Here's how:

  1. Open Activity Monitor via Spotlight or Launchpad.
  2. Select one of the Adobe Creative Cloud processes and click the Stop button to quit or force quit it.
  3. Repeat step 2 to kill all other Adobe Creative Cloud processes.
Quit Adobe Creative Cloud on Mac

Step #2. Uninstall Apps in Adobe Creative Cloud

Uninstalling Adobe Creative Cloud for Desktop may require uninstalling its associated apps first.

Can't Uninstall Apps in Adobe Creative Cloud

Here's how to uninstall Adobe's apps:

  1. Open Adobe Creative Cloud.
  2. In the All Apps list, you will find the Adobe apps you downloaded.
  3. To uninstall an app, click the 3-dot menu next to it, select Uninstall, and confirm your removal.
Uninstall Apps in Creative Cloud

Step #3. Uninstall Adobe Creative Cloud

  1. Open Finder > Applications.
  2. Locate Adobe Creative Cloud, click it and you will see Adobe Creative Cloud Uninstaller.
    Adobe Creative Cloud Uninstaller in Finder
  3. Double-click it, enter your password, and click the Uninstall button in the new window.
    Start to Uninstall Adobe Creative Cloud
  4. Follow the onscreen instructions to complete the uninstallation.

Adobe Creative Cloud will leave traces on your Mac. To completely remove its remnants, follow these steps.

  1. On your desktop, press Shift-Command-G keys.

  2. Go to the following folders separately and find and delete files related to Adobe Creative Cloud.

    • ~/Library/Application Support/
    • ~/Library/Preferences/
    • /Library/LaunchAgents/
    • /Library/LaunchDaemons/
    • /Library/PrivilegedHelperTools/
    Remove Adobe Creative Cloud Related Files
  3. Empty your Trash.

How to Automatically Uninstall Adobe Creative Cloud on Mac

As you can see, the manual way is tedious and time-consuming. If you are looking for a faster and easier way to remove Adobe Creative Cloud from Mac, you can give BuhoCleaner a try. It is one of the best app uninstallers for Mac. Its App Uninstall feature can help you remove any unwanted apps with one click. Moreover, you can also use it to quickly delete residual files left behind by uninstalled apps.

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Here's how to use BuhoCleaner to uninstall Adobe Creative Cloud.

  1. Download, install, and launch BuhoCleaner.
  2. Click "App Uninstall" in the sidebar, you will see all apps installed on your Mac.
  3. Find all the apps related to Adobe Creative Cloud, select them, and click the "Remove" button. (You can tell if an app is related to Adobe Creative Cloud by its icon.)
Uninstall Adobe Creative Cloud with BuhoCleaner


Hopefully, you have successfully removed all Adobe Creative Cloud files from your Mac.

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Jerome is a passionate enthusiast of all things Apple. He is expertise in crafting tech-related articles, with a portfolio of more than 100 articles covering various Apple products like the iPhone, iPad, and Mac.