Mac OS X is, without a doubt, a great operating system. However, it seems to be a bit complicated for new users to understand in the beginning. Regular tasks such as uninstalling an application are also prone to complications. In this article, we will show you various methods for removing apps on a Mac. You can also delete the built-in apps from the system with the help of other software. On the other hand, you can get rid of regular apps by following a simple set of steps.
Unlike Windows, OS X lacks a dedicated app uninstaller. We think Apple needs to take a cue from Microsoft on this at least. A dedicated app removal function could save us all a lot of time. Having said that, there are still a lot of simpler ways to get rid of unwanted apps on OS X and we have listed them all.
One of the simplest ways is through the applications window, while the other methods include Launchpad and third-party applications like AppCleaner.
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Removing Mac Apps natively
The easiest way to get rig of Mac apps is through the Application menu. Here is the step by step guide:
- Go to Finder
- Click on the “Applications” option on the left menu
- Select the particular app that you want to delete
- Drag it to “Trash” or Select it and press ⌘+Delete on your keyboard
- Enter your Mac password to complete the process (if prompted)
- Go to Trash and Click “Empty” option in the top right corner for permanent removal
Or You can perform the same task by opening the Launchpad. Here is how you can do that:
- Go to Launchpad (usually on the F4 key)
- Drag and Drop the app to the Trash
- Select “Delete” when the program prompts – Are you sure you want to delete this app?
- Go to Trash and Click “Erase” option in the top right corner for permanent removal
The steps above are the easiest ones that you can follow to remove any app from Mac OS X. However, these actions do not assure complete removal of the app as most of the apps tend to leave cache files on the system. For total elimination of the app along with its junk files (associated files and folders), you need to delete it through third-party programs like AppCleaner.
Uninstalling Mac Apps Using Extra Tools (for Junk Files/Cache)
One of the most unsettling issues on OS X is that when uninstalling apps, a lot of unwanted files get left behind. For finishing the unfinished business of junk file, we need to welcome the third-party apps like AppCleaner into the scene.
How to permanently remove Max applications using AppCleaner
- Download “AppCleaner” by freemacsoft – download it directly (not the one from the App Store)
- Open the AppCleaner and click on confirm to grant access to the app
- Now open AppCleaner and select the app that you want to delete from the list on the left side
- Select all the boxes that appear on the right side
- Click on Remove Files
If you do not want to use third-party apps to remove Cache from your Mac, you can also use the “Library” function. This feature is available in Finder. Here is how you can use it:
- Open Finder
- Hold Alt/Option key on your keyboard
- Keep holding Option key and click on “Go” option on the address bar
- Click on “Library” option
- Select “Cache” folder
- Delete the folder of the app that is no longer in use
Uninstalling Apps Like Flash, MacKeeper
There are many apps on our Mac that we want to delete but cannot remove due to system-imposed limitations. Thankfully, there is always a back door that you can use to achieve your goal. One of the usual suspects that we can always pick for security holes is Java. Removing Java will not affect your system in any manner. Even if it does for a particular app, then you can always install it again.
Uninstall Java from OS X
- Open Terminal on your Mac (Press⌘+space and type Terminal)
- Now copy-paste this command (below) to remove Java and hit enter
sudo rm -fr /Library/Internet\ Plug-Ins/JavaAppletPlugin.plugin sudo rm -fr /Library/PreferencePanes/JavaControlPanel.prefpane
- Enter your password to approve the action by pressing enter after you’re finished (sometimes nothing will happen when you start typing your password. Don’t worry, it’s still working)
Uninstall Flash Player on a Mac
Apps like Adobe Flash Player need special assistance to be removed from a Mac. Go to this link and install Flash Player Uninstaller for your OS X version. To know what version your Mac is running – Click on the Apple icon in the top-left corner of your screen and select “About this Mac” It will show the version name and number of the Operating System. Install the “Flash Player uninstaller” accordingly.
- Open the Uninstaller
- Click on “Uninstall” to begin the process
- Go to Terminal and paste these commands (below) for total clean-up
<home directory>/Library/Preferences/Macromedia/Flash\ Player <home directory>/Library/Caches/Adobe/Flash\ Player
Removing Third-party apps like MacKeeper and Microsoft Office
Deleting Mac Optimizer
- Open Mac Optimizer on your Mac
- Click on the Help menu in the top left corner and select “Uninstall” from the list of options
- Select Uninstall option in the prompt window to complete the task
We hope these methods help you in getting rid of unwanted apps on OS X. Let us know your views through the comment section below.