How to Delete or Uninstall Apps on your Macbook

If you have been struggling to delete apps on your MacBook, worry not. It is understandable especially if you’ve recently come from the Windows camp. The process is a little different than Windows and may look a little unfamiliar, but this tutorial will get up and going on how to delete or uninstall Apps on your MacBook.

There are a few ways to delete apps on the MacBook, so let’s take a look at each one of them.

Locate the Apps or Program in the Applications folder

On Apple’s desktop OS, things run a little differently in the sense that most programs are stored in the /Applications directory, and many supporting files can be located in the ~/Library/Application Support and /Library/Application Support folder.

 

So in simple words, if you want to uninstall an app, simply find the desired app in the Launchpad, and drag it to the Trash icon.

For example, I don’t need the SimpleMind app anymore, so I simply drag it and hover it on top of the Trash icon on the app dock.

This will prompt your Mac to delete the app

When it asks for permission, just tap the Delete button.

Delete Preferences

While this is the easiest way, this method does not always ensure that all the files related to the app are gone. This can cause problems later, so to ensure that your apps are uninstalled correctly, you can delete their preferences from the Library folder.

However, the Library folder is hidden by default. You can find it, though, by going to the Finder > Go > Library and pressing the options key on your keyboard.

Once you’re inside the Library folder, locate the app you want to uninstall and delete its preferences!

Exception Apps Removal

While it is true that MacBook in general is far safer than a Windows machine, that does not necessarily guarantee that your Mac is safe from external threats especially from malware ridden apps and programs. Applications like MacKeeper definitely don’t play safe on your MacBook, and removing the likes of Adobe’s Photoshop or Illustrator is a huge pain as well.

MacKeeper, in fact, is the biggest nuisance so to say. It promises to clean up your Mac and keep it safe from malware and keeping the performance at top notch, however, it leaves its files in places you cannot find manually. That does not bode well for your Mac.

You should leave such cases for professional software or application that are designed to remove apps completely and not let any of the files wandering around in your machine.

AppCleaner is a great app for this purpose.

The app has a clean and easy to use interface. You can simply drag the application you wish to get rid of, and the AppCleaner does the rest.

Alternatively, you can go to Applications on top, find the unwanted app, and simply click on it to let AppCleaner do its job.

So there you have it, folks. MacAppers is bent upon making it all easy for you people, so don’t forget to leave us feedback so we can make your MacBook journey even more worthwhile!

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Anas Dilshad is a Digital Marketing Expert and works with MacAppers. I love to share everything related to Mac. Feel free to ask any query about Mac at my Twitter Profile @anasdilshad1

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