Use the Finder to delete an app

This is somewhat rare on a Mac, but some applications include their own uninstaller apps to remove all traces of an application. These are typically from Adobe or Microsoft because some of those applications will install more apps that aid the program, or place library files and associated application dependencies elsewhere in OS X.

Enjoy this tip? Subscribe to the OSXDaily newsletter to get more of our great Apple tips, tricks, and important news delivered to your inbox! Enter your email address below:. Sure, just drag the application to the trash can! How easy!

From the Finder

Not sure if this has been covered yet, but i always make another partition to do certain tasks on my primary partition. Dumbface Bill: Need to re-educate yourself on how windows works. Both windows and mac have their own issues however with programs that do not register completely or at all in some instances with the operating system in question and as such is not a fault of the operating system but the programs and their coders. Moving a file to the trash bin or add remove button in control panel are both trivially easy.

Just simply answer the questions asked, then get on out into that great-big crazy-fun world out there and have a life! It is far more easier on a mac indeed. You could literally drag the application to trash and it will do a normal uninstall. Get your facts straight. On Windows just go to the Uninstall interface, double click on the program to uninstall, click yes to confirm. Apps from the Mac App Store can be uninstalled simply by deleting […].

Sanaan Barzinji. On lion you can only uninstall apps downloaded from the appstore the way described, for me anyway, but moving them to trash still works. But, I cannot uninstall in Launchpad because the black X does not show up. Matter of fact, when I click and hold on any app in Launchpad, the only app where the X appears are iMovie and IPhoto. If I try to move Flux. Very frustrating.

I try app C, I finally found one that works. So I drag apps A and B to the trash, which deletes the. Doing so is not the same as uninstalling general Mac apps or even ditching the default apps because Xcode has a much larger footprint, so to uninstall Xcode […]. This removes the app from Launchpad, and does not uninstall them, but this is limited to apps installed from the Mac App Store.

If you want to remove an app not […].

Uninstalling Apps from the Mac App Store through Launchpad

After reading everyones comments, I tried AppCleaner and it worked great. Thanks for all your input and suggestions. How do you use the locate command in Terminal? I hate those apps and I cannot even move them into a new folder called Unused Apps, because the new Lion OS will not let me move them. On the other hand, if the app you want to delete was downloaded from the Mac App Store, it will require your administrator password to get rid of it.

If you then change your mind, and retrieve it from the trash to reinstall it, it will once again require your admin password. The process is becoming more difficult than it was in the past.

The concept of removing an app has been on many operating system mostly implemented to leave traces behind, as if one in the future installs a new version of the app, the previously left data is there to be immediately reused. Think of Unix world leaving hidden folders and files in the home directory.

The silver bullet is that each Mac app shipped through AppStore has a restriction to deliver an uninstall program, which has an selectable feature to remove data files and folders too and the OS having a process monitoring each app being dragged to the trash, so it fires its uninstall program. They do not find all traces. I installed freeware AppCleaner it looks as it doing a good job. You need to browse the process of all users to see if some apps have such processes running and needs to be removed.

I do not if AppCleaner supports that too. Apps are not totally removed this way, files belonging to the apps still remain. Wow, the more I read articles about how cool Mac is, the more I am worried that you want to make people Apple drones. Look, dude.

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Unsinstalling an app means erasing everything. How many articles and forums have you read where it si so difficult to find that junk apps leave behind? Get with it?

Does Apple give you stuff to say the rubbish in this article? Uninstalling means not having to fish for those files. Now that Apple have hidden the home library, how do people find those files you are talking about? Where is your name to the article?

How to uninstall default Apple apps

Are you hiding? State who you are, so the next time you publish something, readers will know you are an ill-educated bunk. The troll has a point. Thanks for chiming in. I do see the frustration with some apps leaving residual files behind that have to be addressed separately. Despite the warning, it is possible to remove unnecessary standard programs via Terminal.

But first, you should know that with the release of macOS The SIP limits the actions that the user can perform on protected parts of the Mac operating system.

How to Uninstall Apps on Mac Completely

You will see an unusual startup window — this is the recovery mode. Restart your Mac and move to the second step of the default apps removal process. You should login to your system through your admin account because you can remove default apps only if you have the administrator rights. However, if you have already signed into the user account, you can use a special command right in the Terminal to re-login.

Uninstall Default Apple Apps

The application directory will be shown. There are a couple things you need to know about removing apps on OS X. First, when you delete an app using this method, some things, such as preferences files which store your preferences for each app may get left behind. In a few cases, developers may provide uninstallers for their apps, but for the majority of Mac apps, drag-and-drop deleting is the only way to go.

He likes puns and the color yellow. Get the Apple Watch Series 3 at Walmart for the lowest prices ever. From the Finder Open a Finder window and navigate to your Applications folder.