How to Delete Apps on Your MacBook: A Step-by-Step Guide


Over time, your MacBook can accumulate a lot of applications, and sometimes you might need to free up storage space or simply get rid of apps you no longer use. Deleting apps on a MacBook is a straightforward process, but it’s essential to do it correctly to avoid leaving behind any residual files. In this article, we’ll guide you through the steps to delete apps on your MacBook effectively.

Step 1: Open Finder

  1. Click on the Finder icon located in the Dock (the row of icons at the bottom of your screen).

Step 2: Go to Applications

  1. In the Finder window, select “Applications” from the left-hand sidebar. This will display a list of all the applications installed on your MacBook.

Step 3: Find the App to Delete

  1. Scroll through the list of applications to find the one you want to delete. Click on it to select it.

Step 4: Move to Trash

  1. With the app selected, go to the “File” menu in the top-left corner of the screen and choose “Move to Trash.” Alternatively, you can right-click on the app and select “Move to Trash” from the context menu.

Step 5: Empty the Trash

  1. After moving the app to the Trash, you should then empty the Trash to completely remove the application. To do this, right-click on the Trash icon in the Dock and select “Empty Trash.” You can also go to the Finder menu at the top of your screen and select “Empty Trash.”
  2. A confirmation dialog will appear, asking if you’re sure you want to delete the app. Click “Empty Trash” to confirm.

Step 6: Remove App Preferences (Optional)

  1. Some applications may leave behind preferences and other support files even after you’ve deleted the app itself. To ensure all remnants are removed, you can use a third-party app like “AppCleaner” to uninstall apps completely.


Deleting apps on your MacBook is a simple process, as long as you follow the steps outlined above. It’s important to remember to empty the Trash after moving an app there to free up storage space and ensure the app is entirely removed. Additionally, for a more thorough app removal, you can use third-party uninstaller applications to get rid of any leftover files. Keeping your MacBook clutter-free and well-maintained not only ensures better performance but also frees up space for new applications and files.

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