Guides to Uninstalling Mac Apps

Follow comprehensive guidelines to remove problematic applications from your Mac. Find handy tips, tricks, and answers to frequently asked questions.

Introduction to Deleting Applications on Mac

Installing a new application on a Mac computer is a piece of cake. It can be as easy as hitting the Install button on the AppStore, unarchiving a zip file downloaded from developer’s website, or running a pkg/dmg file and following simple on-screen instructions. No rocket science involved. Uninstalling, however, is where things can get a little more complicated.

Typically, you will find yourself making some use of the application before making a decision to remove it. Reasons vary, whether it’s because the trial has expired and you don’t feel the app is worth it, maybe the application lacked features, or the interface wasn’t intuitive enough, it can even be due to the fact that you didn’t like the app, plain and simple. Regardless of the reasons, when giving the app some use it will naturally accumulate cached data and other temporary files.

For the most part, uninstalling an application on Mac is easy. Simply drag-and-drop the app to the Trash bin to remove the application along with its key components. Yet, some apps are trickier than that. To fully uninstall certain applications, you need to remove supporting services separately installed on your Mac. You will also have to locate and erase all associated files scattered around your drive and its hidden folders. When uninstalling certain apps, it is also highly advised to completely log out and cancel your subscription, or even your entire account. It can get a little overwhelming and you might have a hard time intuitively following these steps. Hence, we have created guidelines to help you successfully deal with troublesome applications that just do not go down easily.

In addition, you will find helpful information along with guidelines to answer most frequently asked questions. For instance, deactivating Skype account before removing the app, making sure your cloud files are safe when deleting Dropbox, etc. However, the main focus is always set on guiding you through uninstalling applications.