How to Delete Apps on Mac

By | Last Updated on August 4, 2020

No matter what you say about the performance of a mac, often, the time comes to uninstall the applications that you don’t require any more or just for making up space in your hard drive. 

You can uninstall programs on your Mac with two methods; from Launchpad or the Finder. 

 Note: Uninstalling an app won’t cancel any purchased subscription with that app.

How To Uninstall an App on Mac using Launchpad

Deleting apps using Launchpad is an easy way to delete the apps downloaded from the App Store.

  1. Open the Launchpad by clicking it in the Dock or launching it from your Applications folder. You can also do it by pinch closed with your thumb and three fingers on your trackpad. 
  2. If you didn’t find the app in Launchpad, search it at the top of your screen. You can also swipe right or left with two fingers on the trackpad to get to the next or previous page. 
  3. Click and hold the Option key, or press and hold on any application until it shakes.
  4. Now, click on the (x) button right next to the app you want to uninstall. The app is uninstalled right away. 

 If the (x) icon didn’t appear on the app, it’s because it’s not installed from the App Store or is necessary for your system. In order to delete the third-party app (not installed from the App Store), you will have to use the Finder as given below.

How To Uninstall an App on Mac using Finder

  1. Navigate the app in the Finder. You can find most of the apps in your Applications folder, which can be opened by clicking on Applications in the sidebar of the Finder window. 
    1. You can also use Spotlight to locate the app. Press and hold the Command key, meanwhile double-clicking the app in Spotlight. 
  2. Now, drag the app to the Trash, or choose the app and select File> Move to Trash. 
  3. If you get asked for a user name and password, enter the user name and password of Mac’s administrator account. 
  4. To uninstall the app, select Finder> Empty Trash. 

That’s it you have successfully uninstalled the app on your Mac.

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