If you’re used to Windows, uninstalling apps on a Mac can often seem strange. Where is the uninstaller or menu option? Do not you worry. It is often easy to delete an app, and sometimes you have a choice of where to delete them. Here’s how to uninstall apps and programs on a Mac.
Uninstall apps and programs on a Mac with Finder
The easiest and most common way to delete a Mac app is through the Finder, which is the interface you use to navigate files and folders. It may take some searching, but the process itself is simple. We will show you how to uninstall apps and programs in a few steps.
- Find the app in Finder. Many of them are in your Applications folder (there is often a shortcut in every Finder window), but you can use Spotlight to search if they are elsewhere.
- Drag the app to the Trash in your Dock, or right-click the app and choose Move to Trash.
- If you’re prompted for a username and password, enter the username and password for an administrator account (often the one you log in with) on your Mac.
- Empty the trash, usually by right-clicking the Dock icon and choosing Empty Trash.
How to remove with Launchpad
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You have another option if you installed software from the Mac App Store: the Launchpad. It provides an easier way to find apps and even prevents you from accidentally deleting essential apps. This is how you remove apps and programs from the Mac’s built-in launcher.
- Open Launchpad using the Dock icon (the rocket) or in the Applications folder.
- Scroll through the list until you find the app you want to remove. If you cannot find the app, type the name of the app in the search box.
- Click and hold an app icon or hold down the Option key until you see the apps wobble.
- Click the X button next to the app you want to delete and click Delete if you are sure you want to delete it. You don’t have to empty the trash.
- If an app doesn’t have an X next to it, it’s either an important system app or it’s from outside of the App Store. If the latter is the case, use the Finder removal method.