How to Remove an App from Your Mac: A Step-by-Step Guide


Mac users often download and install various applications to meet their needs. However, over time, you may find that you have apps you no longer use or need, taking up valuable storage space. In this guide, we will walk you through the steps to remove an app from your Mac, whether you want to free up space, declutter your system, or address other reasons.

Step 1: Quit the Application

Before you begin uninstalling an app on your Mac, it’s essential to ensure that the application is not running. If it’s open, go to the app’s menu in the menu bar and select “Quit” or use the keyboard shortcut Command (⌘) + Q to close it.

Step 2: Use the Drag-and-Drop Method

The most common method to uninstall an app on a Mac is by using the drag-and-drop method. Here’s how:

  1. Open a Finder window by clicking on the Finder icon in your Dock (it resembles a blue and white face).
  2. In the Finder window, navigate to the “Applications” folder. You can do this by clicking on “Go” in the menu bar and selecting “Applications,” or by pressing Shift + Command (⌘) + A.
  3. Locate the application you want to uninstall and click on it.
  4. Drag the app’s icon to the Trash bin in your Dock. As you do this, you’ll notice that the Trash icon changes to indicate an eject symbol.
  5. Release the app’s icon over the Trash bin to drop it. This action moves the app to the Trash.

Step 3: Empty the Trash

Once you’ve placed the app in the Trash, it’s not yet completely removed. To permanently delete it and all associated files, follow these steps:

  1. Right-click (or two-finger click) on the Trash icon in your Dock.
  2. Select “Empty Trash” from the context menu that appears.
  3. Confirm the action in the pop-up window by clicking “Empty Trash.”

This step erases the app and all its related files from your Mac.

Alternative Method: Using Launchpad

If you prefer an alternative method, you can uninstall apps using Launchpad. Here’s how:

  1. Click on the Launchpad icon in your Dock (it appears as a rocket ship).
  2. Locate the app you want to uninstall by scrolling through the pages or using the search bar at the top.
  3. Click and hold the app’s icon until it begins to wiggle and displays an “X” button.
  4. Click the “X” button, and a confirmation dialog will appear.
  5. Confirm your decision to uninstall the app.

Please be aware that this method may not work for all apps, especially those not downloaded from the Mac App Store.


Uninstalling an app on your Mac is a straightforward process, allowing you to keep your system organized and free from unused applications. Whether you choose the drag-and-drop method or use Launchpad, remember to empty the Trash to ensure that the app and its associated files are permanently removed from your Mac. By following these steps, you can efficiently manage your applications and reclaim valuable storage space.

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