It is not going to be a hectic one to uninstall programs on Mac OS X. Still, while deleting or uninstalling software, there might be some program related files left undeleted. Unknowingly, these unwanted files occupy your hard drive space. Hence, I am writing this post with different ways to uninstall programs on Mac OS X without leaving any traces. You won’t see any control panel with ‘Uninstall Programs’ feature like in Windows OS. Still, it is dead easy to do so.
Different ways to uninstall Programs on Mac OS X
As a Mac user or beginner, do you have questions – how to uninstall programs on Mac OS X or how do I uninstall programs on Mac OS X completely? Here are the various methods to delete or uninstall any software programs on Mac OS. Go with your convenient one.
#1 Uninstall Programs on Mac OS Manually
Manually, you can entirely delete or remove the programs on Mac OS X. Before that, I advise you to know about the Mac OS catalog system and file storage system. So that, you can make sure that you are not deleting any other system files. If you have any specific app or program to uninstall, locate the app in the applications folder. Open ‘Finder’ >> Applications >> click on the app that you want to uninstall.
For an instant, here I am about to uninstall XMind program from my Mac OS AirBook. Either you can drag and drop the app to the Trash (available at the Dock). Or right click on the app and select ‘Move to Trash’. That’s it. So simple isn’t it?
If you aren’t accessing the Mac OS system in the admin role, then you will be asked for the admin login name and password to trash programs.
But it is not done to the whole. There might be some obsolete files that are hidden in the subfolders. Go to the ‘Library Folder’ via ‘Finder’. Using the Search function, look for the files and folders with the name of the uninstalled program. Here it is XMind, as we uninstalled it just now, manually.
Now, you may see some enclosing folders like LaunchAgents, Preferences, Application Support, Logs, Cookies, etc. Move all these files and folders to Trash. Finally, Empty the Trash.
If you didn’t find anything like above while searching in the Library Folder, then it is well and good. Since not all the programs would leave its support files. Still, I recommend you to check it once after uninstalling a program on Mac OS X.
If you still see the deleted program again starting out, then there might be some extensions left undeleted. Go to System (in your hard drive) >> Extensions Folder >> locate the files (with the name of the deleted program) that end with text. Send those files to Trash and Empty the Trash once again. Now, the program is uninstalled and its support files are deleted, completely.
#2 Uninstall Mac OS X programs Using LaunchPad
LaunchPad is the Application Launcher or the interface area in the Mac, where you can see all your installed programs. Launch Pad will be your alternative way to start applications rather using Dock, Finder, Spotlight or Terminal.
Click on F4 to open LaunchPad and locate the app which you want to delete or uninstall. Press the Option key and then click on ‘Delete’ to confirm deleting the selected program. At last, check for its support files if any left undeleted, then remove it as we did above.
#3 Uninstall Programs on Mac OS X with 3rd Party App Uninstallers
All the above things like uninstalling any Mac OS programs, or removing its obsolete support files or deleting extensions were done manually. If you are not ready to spend this much time and attention to do so, then there are much easier ideas. Plenty of third-party App Uninstallers for Mac is available which you can get it from iTunes.
Among which, here I am going to share only the two – but best app uninstalling apps for Mac OS.
AppCleaner – Best Free App Uninstaller For Mac
AppCleaner is a highly preferable free uninstall app for Mac available in the marketing. It is enough to just drag and drop the program which you want to uninstall into this AppCleaner. The tool will automatically search and lets you know its scattered files like preferences, caches, etc. Click on Remove to uninstall the program and get rid of all the supportive files, to trash. Empty the Trash, at last.
The great thing is that the AppCleaner tool is available for free. Just download it from iTunes and vanish the unnecessary Mac programs within no time.
CleanMyMac3 – Best Mac Uninstaller 2018
This tool is not only a leading app uninstaller for Mac. CleanMyMac3 is to clean up and optimize your entire Mac system. The tool will scans your system and removes loads of junk files, and makes your Mac system perform faster. It has plenty of built-in tools optimization tools like MacOS cleaner, malware removal, performance monitor, etc.
In its Uninstaller tool, simply select the programs which you want to uninstall. The tool will take the responsibility to uninstall the program and removing its entire obsolete files. It includes cookies, application support, preferences, etc.
#4 Uninstall Mac OS Programs with Native Uninstallers
Some applications will have its own uninstallers. Usually, these native uninstallers should be stored in the Application Folder. If the program that you want to uninstall has such native uninstaller, locate it via Finder. Then, launch it and follow the process steps as per the instructions. Since each one will have unique instructions and removal interface. For an instant, most of the Adobe products will have its native uninstallers like Adobe Flash Player Uninstaller.
There are chances to remove such native uninstallers by mistake. In those cases, you can check the developer’s page and download it to uninstall programs on Mac OS. Else, try any of the above methods to get rid of the app which we discussed above.
Final Words About Uninstalling Apps on Mac OS X
Anyways, removing or uninstalling the app from Mac OS is not so complex. Even for Mac beginners, these methods to delete the unnecessary programs on Mac system would be dead-easy. Make sure that you are completely getting rid of all its support files and emptying the trash. Though these support files don’t harm your system, it can occupy your hard drive space.
Why such unwanted files to be dumped in your storage space. Free it up and remove the unnecessary software to speed up your Mac performance.