How to Delete Apps on Mac [Full Guide]

author Anders Smith
date Monday, January 17, 2022

Deleting apps on Mac is not difficult, but if you are new to the macOS or want to remove an app completely, you may have some doubts. Here we conclude 4 common and feasible ways to uninstall apps on Mac, compare them, and list all the details you should focus on. We believe that this article will clear your doubts about deleting apps from your iMac/Macbook.

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Method 1: Completely Delete Apps with Third-Party Tool (Recommended)

Whether you have noticed it or not, when you commonly delete an app by deleting it from Launchpad or moving it to the Trash, you only uninstall the app itself while its useless app files are still occupying your Mac hard drive. These app files include App Library files, caches, preferences, application supports, plugins, crashes reports, and other related files. Removing such a large number of files can take time and effort, so we will first recommend you use a reliable third-party Mac app uninstaller to do it simply.

Macube Cleaner is a powerful tool to help you easily and efficiently delete apps on Mac. It allows you to uninstall any downloaded apps completely in one click, removing not only the apps but also the associated files including caches, log files, preferences, crash reports, and etc.

Besides the uninstaller function, it can also free up your Mac storage by cleaning unneeded files on your Mac, including duplicate files, old files, system junks and more.

Here is 5-step guidance on how to completely delete an app on Mac with this powerful Mac app uninstaller.

Step 1. Download Macube Cleaner.

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Step 2. Launch Macube Cleaner. Then choose Uninstaller on the left pane and click Scan.

Uninstaller

Step 3. The uninstaller will detect all applications information on your Mac and display them in order.

Uninstall Applications

Step 4. Choose unwanted apps. You can see the apps and their related files on the right.

Step 5. Click Clean to get rid of the apps and their files completely.

Finish Uninstalling

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Method 2: Delete Applications in the Finder

To delete apps downloaded from or outside Mac App Store, you can follow these steps:

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Step 1. Open Finder > Application.

Step 2. Find the unwanted apps and right click on them.

Step 3. Choose "Move to Trash".

Step 4. Empty the apps on the Trash if you want to delete them permanently.

Note:
  • If the app is running, you are unable to move it to the Trash. Please quit the app beforehand.
  • Moving an app to the Trash won't delete application data such as caches, log files, preference and so on. In order to uninstall an app completely, check How to Access App Files on Macbook to recognize and delete all the useless files.

Method 3: Uninstall Apps on Mac from Launchpad

If you want to get rid of an app that is downloaded from Mac App Store, you can delete it from Launchpad. The process is very similar to that of deleting an app on iPhone/iPad.

Here are the steps to uninstall apps from the Mac App Store through Launchpad:

Delete App from Launchpad

Step 1. Choose Launchpad from Dock on Your iMac/MacBook.

Step 2. Long press on the icon of the app that you want to delete.

Step 3. When you release your finger, the icon will jingle.

Step 4. Click X and choose Delete when there is a pop-up message asking whether to uninstall the app.

Note:
  • The deletion cannot be undone.
  • This method only delete apps but leave behind related app data.
  • There is no X icon available beside non-App Store apps.

Method 4: Remove Applications from Dock

If you have kept an application in the Dock, you can simply remove the application by dragging and dropping its icon to Trash.

Drag App to Trash on Dock

Just follow the steps below to learn how to uninstall apps from your Dock:

Step 1. In the Dock, press and hold the icon of the application that you want to delete.

Step 2. Drag the icon to the Trash and release.

Step 3. To permanently delete the app, choose the app in the Trash and click Empty.

tips Note:
  • The method only works for applications in the Dock.

Conclusion

Above are the ways that you can uninstall your apps on Mac. Because there are differences between each method, we here list a table for you to compare. Choose the one that's suitable for you.

Method

Applicable for

Leave Behind App   Files?

Use Macuble Cleaner

All Applications

No

Delete from Finder

All Applications

Yes

Uninstall from Launchpad

Apps from App Store

Yes

Remove from Dock

Apps on the Dock

Yes

To get more internal memory, it is important to delete its related app files when uninstalling an app. Otherwise, the growing app files could become a burden on your Mac hard drive over time.

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Extra Tips for Deleting Apps on Mac Manually

Remove Apps with the Built-in Uninstaller if There is

Apart from the 4 methods mentioned above, some programs on Mac include a built-in uninstaller or program management software, for example, Adobe software. Remember to check if there is an uninstaller before you try to delete apps like Adobe on your Mac.

Avoid Mistakenly Deleting Apps Files

If you choose to completely delete an app manually, always be careful when you delete the leftovers in Library. App files are mostly in the name of the application, but some may be in the name of the developer. After moving the files to Trash, do not directly empty Trash. Continue using your Mac for some time to see if there is something wrong to avoid mistaken deletion.