How to uninstall apps in macOS
Keep your storage clear By Monica [email protected] Jun 10, 2020, 1:02pm EDT
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Weve all been there: you downloaded Evernote or Gimp or Microsoft Office because you thought it might be fun useful, even but you didnt end up using it, something better came out, or youve just gotten bored and its time for it to go. Never fear uninstalling an app from macOS is a simple process that takes just a few seconds.
The process is slightly different for apps you downloaded from the internet and those you got from the App Store. Heres how to clean out both.
Uninstall apps from the App Store
To uninstall apps you got from the App Store, youll need to use Launchpad.
- Click the Launchpad icon on the dock (its a spaceship)
- Click and hold any app until all of the icons start shaking
- Find the program you want to delete, and tap the Delete button (it looks like an X)
If the app you want to delete doesnt have a delete button, then that app cant be removed with LaunchPad. If thats the case, follow the steps below.
Uninstall apps from the internet
If you installed an app from the internet (or if youre old-school and used a disc), youll need to use Finder to get rid of it.
- Click the Finder icon in your dock (its the blue square with a smiley face)
- Click Applications on the left side of the window
- Select the app you want to uninstall
- Drag the app to the trash can on your dock. (If the app is in a folder, open the folder first to see if theres an Uninstaller tool.) You can also right-click on the icon and select Move to Trash.
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