How to uninstall apps and other programs on a Mac

You have a few options depending on how you first installed the app.

If you’re used to Windows, the finer details of using a Mac can often seem strange. Where is the uninstaller program or menu option? dont worry. Deleting an app is usually very easy, and sometimes you have the option of where to remove them. Here’s how to uninstall apps and programs on Mac.

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How to Uninstall Apps and Programs on Mac Using the Finder

The simplest and most common way to delete a Mac app is through the Finder, which you use to navigate files and folders. This may require some searching, but the process itself is simple. We’ll show you how to uninstall apps and programs in just a few steps.

  1. Look for the app in Finder. Many of them are in your Applications folder (there’s often a shortcut in any Finder window), but you can use Spotlight to find them elsewhere.
  2. Drag the app to the Trash in your Dock, or right-click the app and choose Move to Trash.
  3. If prompted for a username and password, enter the one for any administrator account (often the one you use to sign in) on your Mac.
  4. Empty the Trash, usually by right-clicking its Dock icon and choosing Empty Trash.

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How to Uninstall Using Launchpad

If you installed the software through the Mac App Store you have another option: Launchpad. It provides an easy way to find apps and will even prevent you from accidentally uninstalling essential apps. Here’s how to uninstall apps and programs on Mac’s built-in launcher.

  1. Open Launchpad either by using its Dock icon (Rocket) or in the Applications folder.
  2. Scroll through the list until you find the app to uninstall. If you can’t locate it, type the name of the app in the search box.
  3. Click and hold any app icon, or hold down the Option key until you see the apps moving.
  4. Click the X button next to the app you want to uninstall, and click Delete if you’re sure you want to remove it. You don’t need to empty the trash.
  5. If an app doesn’t have an X next to it, it’s either a critical system app, or it came from outside the App Store. If the latter, use the Finder uninstall method.

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