Removing clutter from your computer is essential for its integrity. It frees unnecessarily occupied space from your hard disk by letting you uninstall tools and software that are no more useful or causing harm to your computer. There might be apps that are slowing down the processing speed by over-consuming the resources of random-access memory (RAM).
They might also be crashing during their launch. In the worst case, they have the potential to corrupt your hard disk, leading to data loss. Therefore, uninstalling applications and software from your MAC should be both a consequential and regular practice.
How to Uninstall Apps on Mac
There is n number of ways to uninstall apps on MAC. Some of the easiest and effective methods are listed below.
The Classic Method
The classic method of uninstalling applications is by searching an app in the finder and moving them to the trash. Once done, you can clear the trash and get rid of it permanently.
Below are the steps to perform:
• Navigate to “Finder” in OSX
• Find the App that you want to purge and right-click on the icon
• Once you right-click, you will see multiple options such as open, show package contents etc. Select “Move to Trash” and left-click. You can also drag the application by clicking on it and drop it to the Trash.
• Navigate to the Trash icon in the “Finder” .
• Once you find the Trash, right-click on the icon. Select Empty Trash. It will permanently delete an application from your system.
You can also delete an application through a keyboard shortcut. Press Command+Delete on the keyboard after selecting the application you want to delete. Once done, you will see it in the Trash. As explained in the above steps, clear the trash. It is the fastest method—however, one must be careful of the selection of the app—as we can inadvertently delete the wrong application.
• Navigate to LaunchPad
• Left-click and hold on the icon of the app you intend to remove
• When the app icon starts to shake irregularly, click on the black (X) icon that appears on the screen sideward.
• Left-click on “Delete” to reassure that an application has been uninstalled from your computer. It is more effective than the first and second method explained above as it does not require you to clean the trash after the installation, making it less time-consuming.
NOTE: Uninstalling applications from Launchpad only works with those applications that you have downloaded and installed from the official Apple store. It does not work with applications that you have downloaded and install from a third-party website or purchased from an outside source other than the company’s official stores.
As the name suggests, plenty of software come with pre-installed uninstallers. They are typically software that performs a clean uninstall—remove the whole file package from the memory without moving them to the trash or leaving their instances—and make your life easier.
You can also download uninstallers from third-party website freely available and use them to uninstall applications from your computer.
Removing Caches and Libraries
When you install an application, it also stores some files that are called caches and libraries that the application uses. These files have the set of code that the app needs to perform a specific task. As the library is not always used, it prefers to store it in a different location to keep its performance intact. In fact, several library files are used by multiple applications.
When you install an application, you are not always deleting these caches and libraries. You have to separately delete them—albeit they mean no harm to your computer—by the command line interface other than the graphic user interface (GUI).
Below are the paths of support files and caches you can locate to and remove them:
Application Support files:
~/Library/Application Support/(App Name)
Uninstalling Apps on a mac is as simple as it is in Windows—including the command line and clean uninstall—making it more user-friendly for regular users.