2 Ways to Completely Uninstall WhatsApp Messenger on Mac

Wendy Wu
Last updated: Apr 29, 2024
Summary: In this quick manual guide article, we will show you how to completely uninstall WhatsApp Messenger app from your Mac.

WhatsApp (officially WhatsApp Messenger) is an instant messaging app owned by Meta. If you feel WhatsApp is little-used on your Mac, or you feel it's bloated and eating up storage space, you can follow this manual guide to learn how to completely uninstall WhatsApp on Mac/MacBook.

2 Ways to Completely Uninstall WhatsApp Messenger on Mac

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As of our last update, WhatsApp does not have a standalone application for macOS that allows account management such as deleting your WhatsApp account directly from the Mac. Account deletion and management typically need to be performed from the WhatsApp mobile app on iOS or Android devices. Here’s how you can delete your WhatsApp account using the mobile app:

Steps to Delete WhatsApp Account on iOS:

  1. Open WhatsApp: Launch the WhatsApp application on your iPhone.
  2. Settings: Go to the 'Settings' tab located at the bottom right of the screen.
  3. Account: Select 'Account' from the settings menu.
  4. Delete My Account: Tap on 'Delete My Account'. This option will be at the bottom of the 'Account' section.
  5. Enter Phone Number: You need to enter your phone number in full international format to confirm your decision.
  6. Follow Instructions: Follow the on-screen instructions to complete the WhatsApp account deletion process.

Steps to Delete WhatsApp Account on Android:

  1. Open WhatsApp: Open the WhatsApp application on your Android device.
  2. More options: Tap the three dots in the top right corner.
  3. Settings: Choose 'Settings' from the dropdown menu.
  4. **Account: **Select 'Account' from the settings menu.
  5. Delete My Account: Tap on 'Delete My Account' located at the bottom of the 'Account' options.
  6. Enter Phone Number: Enter your full international phone number to confirm your decision.
  7. Follow Instructions: Follow the instructions to remove WhatsApp Account.
Consider backing up your chats if you want to save your conversations, as deleting your WhatsApp account will erase all your message history.

How to Uninstall WhatsApp on Mac: The Manual Way

Want to uninstall WhatsApp on Mac manually? Follow the steps below:

  1. Quit WhatsApp

    If WhatsApp is still running in the background, don't forget to quit it.

  2. Uninstall WhatsApp App

    Open Finder and click Applications in the sidebar. In the Application folder, find the icon of WhatsApp and drag it to the Trash.

Manually Uninstall WhatsApp on Mac with Finder
  1. Delete WhatsApp Related Files

    You also need to delete the residual files of WhatsApp. They are usually stored in the following folders. All you need to do is to go over each folder and delete all the files with whatsapp in their names.

    • ~/Library/Application Support/whatsapp
    • ~/Library/Caches
    • ~/Library/Saved Application State
    • ~/Library/Preferences
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  1. Empty your Trash

    Control-click the Trash icon in the dock and choose Empty Trash.

How to Uninstall WhatsApp on Mac: The Easy Way

As you can see, the manual way is tedious and time-consuming. To quickly remove WhatsApp from Mac, you can use BuhoCleaner, a simple and easy-to-use Mac app uninstaller. It allows you to remove WhatsApp and all its related files in one click.

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Here's what you need to do:

  1. Download, install and launch BuhoCleaner.
  2. Click App Uninstall in the sidebar and you will find all the apps installed on your Mac.
  3. Find WhatsApp, check the box next to it, and click the Remove button.
How to Uninstall WhatsApp on Mac


Guess you have successfully removed WhatsApp from your Mac with our suggestions above.

By the way, BuhoCleaner is not just a Mac App Uninstaller. It is also a handy Mac cleaner that can clear system junks, delete large and duplicate files, and free up memory space. It is worth a try.

Wendy Wu is a tech enthusiast with a deep passion for all things iPhone, iPad, and Mac. Wendy is always on the lookout for Apple products and is committed to providing Apple users with some of the latest information and useful tips.