How to Uninstall an App on Mac: A Step-by-Step Guide


Macs are known for their user-friendly interface and streamlined design, which includes easy installation and removal of applications. Uninstalling an app on a Mac is a simple process, but it may not be immediately obvious to everyone. In this guide, we’ll walk you through the steps to uninstall an app on your Mac, whether it’s a rarely used program or something you no longer need.

Step 1: Close the Application

Before you uninstall an app, make sure it’s not running. Click on the app’s icon in the Dock to bring it to the foreground. Next, go to the “File” menu in the menu bar and select “Quit” or use the keyboard shortcut Command (⌘) + Q to close the application.

Step 2: Drag and Drop Method

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

  1. Open a Finder window by clicking on the Finder icon in the Dock (it looks like 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 using the keyboard shortcut 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 the Dock. You’ll notice that the Trash icon changes to show an eject symbol.
  5. Release the app over the Trash bin to drop it in. This action will move the app to the Trash.

Step 3: Empty the Trash

Once you’ve moved the app to the Trash, it’s not completely uninstalled yet. It’s simply in a sort of limbo. To permanently remove it, follow these steps:

  1. Right-click (or two-finger click) on the Trash icon in the 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 deletes the app and all its associated files from your Mac.

Alternative Method: Using Launchpad

If you prefer a different method, you can also uninstall apps using Launchpad. Here’s how:

  1. Click on the Launchpad icon in the Dock (it looks like 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 starts to wiggle and displays an “X” button.
  4. Click the “X” button, and a confirmation dialog will appear.
  5. Click “Delete” to uninstall the app.

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


Uninstalling an app on a Mac is a straightforward process, and it’s essential for keeping your computer clutter-free and running smoothly. Whether you choose the drag-and-drop method or use Launchpad, always make sure to empty the Trash to completely remove the app and its associated files. By following these steps, you can efficiently manage your applications and free up valuable storage space on your Mac.

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