When it comes to relieving some memory space on your Mac or Macbook, one of the best practices is to uninstall apps that you no longer need or need on a temporary basis. Deleting or uninstalling an application on the Mac, removes the app from the device and releases the occupied memory space that you can use for your other tasks or applications. The procedure can be performed in two different ways and in this guide, we are going to talk about both of them. Without further ado, let’s take a look at how to uninstall apps on your Mac.
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Method 1. Uninstalling applications on your Mac using the Launchpad
The first method of uninstalling apps on the Mac is using the Launchpad. It is very easy and if you follow this guide step by step, you should be good to go.
Step 1. Click Launchpad on the Dock or open it from your Applications folder to launch it. You can also pinch close your trackpad with your thumb and three fingers in case you use a Macbook.
Step 2. If the app isn’t visible in Launchpad, type its name into the search area at the top of the screen. To view the next or previous page, swipe right or left with two fingers on your trackpad.
Step 3. Hold down the Option key or click and hold any program until it jiggles.
Step 4. Click the Delete button next to the program you wish to remove, then click Delete again to confirm. The app is immediately deleted. Apps that don’t appear are either not from the App Store or are required by your Mac. Use the Finder instead to delete an app that did not come from the App Store.
Method 2. Uninstalling apps on your Mac using the Finder
Step 1. On the dock, click on the Finder button to open a new Finder window. Typically, the Finder is the first button on the dock and is represented by a smiling face.
Step 2. On the left-hand side pane, click on the ‘Applications’ tab to open a list of all the applications that have been installed on the Mac or Macbook.
Step 3. Now, you can either drag the app into the Trash or right-click on the app you want to uninstall and then choose the ‘Move to Trash’ option.
Step 4. If you’re asked for a user name and password, enter the name and password of an administrator account on your Mac. This is probably the name and password you use to log in to your Mac.
Finally, right-click on the Trash app on the dock and click on the ‘Empty Trash’ option from the pop-up menu. This will completely remove the application on your Mac or Macbook.
Now, there are some malicious apps on the internet that claim to help you uninstall apps and manage your files, but there is absolutely no need to install any of them as they are completely counterproductive and cause more harm than good. One of the advantages of the Mac is that there is no complicated uninstall procedure for the applications and if you ever need to re-install the app in the future, you can do so very easily.