How to uninstall apps on Mac

There are many reasons to want to uninstall apps on an Apple Mac. Maybe you don’t use the application anymore and see no reason for it to be on your laptop? Or does the application take up a lot of space causing you to run out of storage? Or it could simply be that the program is so big that it slows down the PC altogether?

Whatever the reason you want to uninstall apps from your Mac, there are two main ways you can do it. Below we look into these two ideas to show you how to uninstall apps on your Apple Mac.

Use Launchpad to delete an app

If you’ve been downloading your apps from the Apple store, then Launchpad is normally the most efficient way to remove the apps. It is very easy to use and the instructions are simple, simply follow our instructions below to uninstall an app using Launchpad:

  • Locate Launchpad by searching your applications folder or clicking on it from your desktop.
  • Once you have found Launchpad, scroll through the applications on your screen to find the app you would like to delete. If you can’t find the app, use the search field at the top of the screen to find it.
  • When you have found the app you would like to delete, click and hold until the app starts to shake.
  • When the app is shaking, a delete button will appear in the top left corner. Click the X button to delete the application. You will be asked to confirm that you are sure you want to delete this app. Confirm your choice.
  • If the app does not show the X option then this is because Apple requires you to have this application on your Mac. Alternatively, it could be because you didn’t install this app from the app store. If this is the case, you will need to use the finder method to delete the application.

Use the Finder to delete an app

Finder is the other preferred method by Apple when you are looking to uninstall an application. Like using launchpad, it is easy to do and the instructions are also easy to follow. Please see our instructions on using Finder to delete an app on your Apple mac.

  • Start by locating the Finder tab on your toolbar and selecting it.
  • Locate the app within the finder and drag it to the Trash. Alternatively, at this stage, you could select the app and choose file, move to trash.
  • At this point, you may be asked to type in your username and password. This must be done by the administrator or your mac otherwise you do not have the permissions to do so.
  • The app will be deleted and moved to your trash. To permanently remove the app, go to your finder and empty the trash.

These two methods are the main two methods to uninstall apps on your Mac. There are other ways in which you can do it as well, however, these are the simplest.

Which method do you prefer to uninstall your apps on your mac? Is there a method that we haven’t included? Let us know in the comment box below.