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Guide to Uninstall Apps on Mac Thoroughly

-- Saturday, March 25, 2017
It is a pretty common case that we sometimes need to uninstall the apps on our Macbook or iMac. The reason would be that for some apps, you would never use them anymore or don’t need them for a long time. So deleting it would be put on your schedule.

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  • Most of the users may think that unstalling an app is a piece of cake. However, to completely remove the app from your Mac, you need to do more than just delete the icon on Dock. This article would introduce two different methods to uninstall apps, please continue to read.

    Part 1: How to Uninstall Apps on Mac Manually?

    As you have known that completely uninstalling an app on your Mac is much more than just remove the icon to trash bin. Now I would take Google Chrome app as an example and let’s check how to fully clean an app off your Mac by hand.

    Step 1 Firstly, remove the Dock icon as we always do when unstalling program on computer. Go to “Finder > Application” and find out the app you want to remove and then move it to Trash.

    Remove Dock Icon

    Step 2 Clean Application Support files. Please go to Finder and click on the “Go” menu. Now, you need to press down the option key on your keyboard and you can see the “Library” would appear under the “Go” menu.

    Library Appears

    Choose it and then go to “Application Support”. On the interface, you should find out the files about the app and delete them one by one. In this case, we need to go to “Google > Chrome” and remove the related files.

    Application Support

    Step 3 Erase the related in Preferences. There are some files create by the app stored in Preferences, which would also take up the storage space on your Mac. Please go to “Finder > Go > Library > Preferences” to wipe them out.

    Step 4 Delete caches created by the app. Please navigate to “Finder > Go > Library > Caches” on your Mac and find out and delete the cach files.

    Delete Caches

    Step 5 Other files such as Binaries, Plugins, Crashes and so on also need to be removed.

    Actually, I think it is pretty hard to erase all the files created by the app you want to delete as you don't have access to some of the deeply-entranched system directories. In this way, you are recommended to try the second method below, which would help to completely uninstall the apps including the related files.

    Part 2: How to Delete Apps on Mac with Uninstaller?

    CleanMyMac 3 is a pretty effective and safe uninstaller tool and you can try to use it to delete apps you don't want anymore. With this tool, you don't need to clean up the files created by the apps one by one. All you need to do is to download the program and have several clicks on your computer. Now let’s check it out!

    Step 1 Download CleanMyMac 3 on Mac
    First of all, please download and install the program on your Mac by clicking the following button.

    Download Mac Download Mac

    Step 2 Choose Applications to Remove
    After you install the program, please launch it on your computer. On the program, you need to go to “Uninstaller” in the left menu. Then you can see the apps installed on your Mac would be displayed on interface. Choose the ones you want to uninstall.
    Choose Applications to Remove
    Step 3 Uninstall Selected Applications
    You can view the details for the related files created by the apps you want to delete. Then please click on “Uninstall” button. By the way, it also allows you to pergorm an Application Reset. Just choose “Application Reset” at the top to reset it.

    Uninstall Selected Applications
    Now, the application cleanup is complete. Comparing with the way to manunally uninstall apps, it is so terrific that can save lots of time and can achieve the goal perfectly. So why not have a try yourself?

    Ivy Bruce

    Ivy Bruce is the Founder and Editorial Director at Recovery-Android Studio. You can also find her on Google+ and Twitter.