How To Uninstall Programs on Mac OS X?

Macs are known to be complicated and full of maze-like programs.

Sometimes, this is true.

But the easiest thing in Mac is to delete or uninstall any program.

Removing a program in Windows is a heck of a thing.

The program gets uninstall, but its setup remains in the system and takes huge space.

But this is not the case in Mac.

In this write-up, we’ll be talking about how to uninstall any program in Mac with some very easy ways.


As easy as a Pie way:

Everybody likes to have an easy life.

So, the first method to uninstall a program would be without any doubt the dead simplest.

All knows this modus; still, we’ll do our service and bother to write it.

Go to the Applications folder and click on the program you want to uninstall.

For instance, I want to delete GarageBand from my applications. So, I will click on that.

Uninstall Apps Mac

Just make sure the selected app is not running, else it will not get uninstalled.

Now, drag and drop the selected program to the Trash present at the Dock.

You can be asked about the admin name and password before doing it.

The last step of the procedure is to empty the trash.

Empty Trash on Mac


The selected program is completely uninstalled from the system.

Removing obsolete files:

You tried out the first method.

Pretty easy, eh?

But what about the files those are old and hidden in the system.

For those stubborn files, we’ve another method.

This process is a bit long; still, it is the one way to delete the files that support the applications.

  • Click on the hard drive option, usually visible on the desktop.
  • Go to Library folder in Finder.
Mac library folder
  • Look for the folders named after the applications you’ve previously removed. Use the Search function and also look into the folder named Application Support and/or Preferences.
  • Send these folders or files to Trash.
  • Empty the Trash folder.

Removing files from User Library:

Preference files or the Support files are usually small, but they do take up a huge space of your system.

  • Open Finder and click on Users and choose your username.
  • Click on Library folder.
  • Here also, look for the folders named after the removed applications.
  • Search for the folders in Application Support, Preferences, Startup items or Launch Agents.
  • The files will be deleted.

Deleting the Extensions:

This method is carried out to delete those persistent files that are hidden deep in the system.

If you’ve already deleted an application but it is again starting out a program, then deleting the extensions might come out handy.

  • Go to System in your hard drive.
  • Now go to Extensions folder and look for files by the name ending with kext.
  • Select those files and send them to Trash.

Deleting via Third Party Apps:

You just learned how easy it is to uninstall any program in Mac.

But these all methods were done manually.

What if you don’t want to spend this much time in finding files single-handedly and deleting them?

Then you ought to take help of a third party application.

These third party applications are nothing but the apps that you can buy on iTunes and use them to save yourself quite a lot time to binge watching Sitcoms.

1. AppCleaner:

appcleaner free mac cleaning software

It is the easiest to use Mac cleaner tool.

You just have to drag and drop the applications you want to uninstall into this app and then it shows the magic itself.

It will search for the obsolete files and tell about how many of them have been discovered.

Simply click on Remove and that application will really get removed.

Above all this, AppCleaner costs you nothing.

I think it’s a great deal.

Am I right or am I right?

2. CleanMyMac 3:

CleanMyMac Best Mac Cleaner.

This app that has been my favorite since its inception is the ultimate tool for cleaning out your whole device.

CleanMyMac 3 comes with many features that also include a great feature called ‘Uninstaller.'

You have only to select the items you want to uninstall and it will take that responsibility on its shoulders.

It deletes all the hidden files, extensions, caches, cookies, etc. related to the application you want to uninstall.

For the price of $39.95 per Mac license, this is a must-have app for your Mac.

If you want to read more about this Mac cleaning software, then refer to our CleanMyMac 3 review article.

If you’re a neat freak, then I can tell that how you feel seeing unnecessary programs on your Mac.

But not anymore.

With the methods mentioned above, you can easily uninstall any application and keep your device clean.

You just have to sit for a while and try out these flabbergasted ways.

For more helpful Mac Tutorials, refer to this page.

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