How To Delete Apps on Mac - The Correct Way in 2022 (2023)


99% of Apple users have no idea how to delete app on Mac the correct way. Simply how to uninstall Mac app with all the associated files. So I decided to make a video tutorial, show most used and recommended methods, explain why the official methods are bad idea to use and of course show you the right way how to delete apps on Mac.

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From my experience at least 99% of Apple users have no idea how to delete app on Mac the correct way.

Simply, how to uninstall Mac app with all the associated files.

So I decided to make a video tutorial, show most used and recommended methods, explain why the official methods are bad idea to use and, of course, show you the right way how to delete apps on Mac.

So, let's go.

To better understand what's wrong with offical methods.

Let's first have a look: how it works., The official Apple support documentation, recommends two ways.


One is opening Launchpad app on your Mac, holding ALT or Option key until apps will start to jiggle and then just simply click the X or cross to delete it.

Problem is.

It works only for Apple, apps and apps from App Store.


If you wanna delete app, which is not from Apple? As, you can see there's no X or cross in circle.

Next to my 3rd party installed apps.


This is useless way.

:) OK, so second option Apple recommends, is to use Finder to delete app on Mac.

This is the easiest way.

Just open, Finder window, locate app.

You want to delete and just move it to your trash or hit Command +, Backspace.

And, empty trash., Easy, right? Yes, but also useless, because this way you will delete only the app from your Applications folder, but don't forget -.

Every app on macOS will have it's associated support files which are located in System folders and not just in Applications folder.


If you want to delete any app on Mac the correct way, you should uninstall or delete all of it's files, not just few of them.


It's also super easy to do.

Let's have a look.

I will show you example on huge app in size - Illustrator - the only app from Adobe I use on this computer.

This whole folder contains Illustrator app itself and also tons of other files.

Whole folder is in total 2.64GB in size.

Remember this number.

In a moment you will see why.


If you would just trash this folder, as Apple recommends, you would free up 2.64gigs on your disk.

Now, have a look at the correct way.

Open, any Finder window and in top right corner type name of macOS app.

You want to delete, in my case, Illustrator.


You can see it found 182 items in total on This Mac., But thats, still not all the files which belongs to my Illustrator.

In top right corner click on the small plus button.


Don't want to limit search for files which matches certain name.

We want to list also System Files.

At default.

This option is disabled, to be able to see it, click on the bottom on the Other, search for system and enable it to show "In Menu".

So now in the dropdown, choose System files and change this to "are included".


Now, as you can see on the bottom, it listed 400 files instead of just 182 as before.

And lot of those files are located in Library, folders, Application, Support, etc.


If I calculate size of all these 400 files, it's 4.93 GB, the Illustrator app folder is just 2.64.


That means the offically recommended ways by Apple itself.

How to delete app on Mac are absolutely wrong, because they would keep 2.29 GB of data as leftovers on your disk.


Now just move those 400 files to trash and empty the trash.



You will delete all those files, just make sure some of it's system components are not shared with some other apps.

You may ask: isn't there some more elegant, way? Glad, you asked :) yes.

There is amazing FREE application called AppCleaner with support from Mac OS 10.6 up to currently latest macOS 11 Big Sur.

No, installer needed, just download the app, unzip the archive and place it to your Applications folder.

Open, the AppCleaner and just drag any application.

You want to delete on your Mac to the AppCleaner window.

Bang, as you can see, it also listed for the various support files hidden in system folders.

Now just on the bottom.

Click on Remove, empty trash and you're done.

I personally use combination of these two methods.

I always compare results from both before deleting any files.



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How do I delete apps from my Mac 2022? ›

Press and hold the Option key, or click and hold any app until the apps jiggle. Click the Delete button next to the app that you want to delete, then click Delete to confirm. The app is deleted immediately.

Why won t apps delete on Mac? ›

When you delete an app in Finder, one possible scenario is that there is a message on the screen reading 'The item "app name" can't be moved to the trash because it's open. ' This occurs because the app is still processing in the background, and you haven't closed it thoroughly.

How do I clear apps on Mac? ›

It's easy, and this manual method works like this:
  1. Click the Launchpad icon in your Mac's Dock.
  2. Find the app you want to delete.
  3. Click and hold the app until it starts shaking.
  4. Click X in the top-left corner of the app icon.
  5. Click Delete.
Apr 20, 2023

How do I mass delete an app on Mac? ›

Select any item on the list and you'll see a pop-up menu with the app and all of the files in your Library folder related to it. To delete them, just click Remove. If you want to bulk uninstall software, you can hold the Command button while clicking application names.

How do you right-click on a Mac? ›

Control-click on a Mac is similar to right-click on a Windows computer—it's how you open shortcut (or contextual) menus on a Mac. Control-click: Press and hold the Control key while you click an item.

How do you delete apps from your computer? ›

Control Panel:
  1. Click on the search area in your taskbar.
  2. Type "Control Panel," then select it.
  3. Choose Programs > Programs and Features.
  4. Find the program you want to delete, and right-click on it.
  5. Choose Uninstall or Uninstall/Change (depending on what appears).
Jun 29, 2022

Which one is the delete button on Mac? ›

The delete key is at the top right 2nd button down. It's the one labeled delete. To forward-delete, hold down the fn key and press delete. The delete key is at the top right 2nd button down.

Where is app cleaner and Uninstall on Mac? ›

In the Applications tab, choose AppCleaner, and all its remaining files will be automatically selected. Click the Uninstall button. Review the items you are going to delete and confirm the action. Complete the total removal of the AppCleaner Mac program by emptying the Trash bin.

Should you quit apps on Mac? ›

If you use an app only occasionally, you may want to quit the app when you're done using it, especially if the app uses significant energy. To quit an app, choose App Name > Quit App in the menu bar. For example, choose Preview > Quit Preview (or press the keyboard shortcut Command-Q).

What does force quit do on Mac? ›

Or choose Force Quit from the Apple menu  in the corner of your screen. The Finder is always open, but if it stops responding, you can force it to quit and then open again: Select Finder in the Force Quit window, then click Relaunch. Learn how to close an app on your iPhone or close an app on your iPad.

Is it better to delete or Uninstall an app? ›

Does uninstalling an app on Android delete it? Yes, on Android devices “uninstall” is the same thing as “delete". When you remove an app you purchased, you can still reinstall it without having to pay again. However, deleting apps on Android won't always delete all of the app's files and associated data.

How do I delete an app from Apple? ›

Remove an app from the Home Screen: Touch and hold the app on the Home Screen, tap Remove App, then tap Remove from Home Screen to keep it in App Library, or tap Delete App to delete it from iPhone. Delete an app from App Library and Home Screen: Touch and hold the app in App Library, tap Delete App, then tap Delete.

Can you right and left click on a Mac? ›

Open System Preferences (either by clicking on the cog icon if it is in your Dock, or by clicking on the Apple icon at the top left of your screen and then System Preferences.) Select Mouse. Click Point & Click. Beside secondary click choose Click on right side (or left side).

Why can't I fully delete an app? ›

Apps with Administrator Privileges

Apps with Android administrator access may not allow you to uninstall them normally. Some apps require administrator access in order to perform certain functions, such as lock your screen. To uninstall them, you'll have to revoke the app's administrator privilege: Go to settings.

How do I Delete all Apps and files on my laptop? ›

TIP: To select all files in a folder, you can use the Ctrl + A keyboard shortcut. To delete the selected file(s) and move it (them) to the Recycle Bin, press Delete or Del on your keyboard.

How do I Delete Microsoft store? ›

To uninstall Microsoft Store:
  1. Press the Win key and type powershell.
  2. Right-click on Windows PowerShell and select Run as administrator. ...
  3. In the PowerShell window, type the following command to uninstall Microsoft Store: Get-AppxPackage -alluser *WindowsStore* | Remove-Appxpackage.
Feb 19, 2023

Which button is used to delete? ›

The delete key is a key on most computer keyboards which is typically used to delete either (in text mode) the character ahead of or beneath the cursor, or (in GUI mode) the currently-selected object. The key is sometimes referred to as the "forward delete" key.

Is there no delete button on Mac? ›

On a desktop Macintosh with a full-size keyboard, it's labeled with Del and the symbol. On small Mac keyboards (like laptop and wireless keyboards), this key is missing. You can still perform a forward delete, however, by pressing the regular Delete key while pressing the Fn key in the corner of the keyboard.

What is the shortcut key for delete? ›

General Keyboard Shortcuts
  1. CTRL+C (Copy)
  2. CTRL+X (Cut)
  3. CTRL+V (Paste)
  4. CTRL+Z (Undo)
  5. DELETE (Delete)
  6. SHIFT+DELETE (Delete the selected item permanently without placing the item in the Recycle Bin)
  7. CTRL while dragging an item (Copy the selected item)

Where is cleanup on Mac? ›

Right-click (two-finger tap on a trackpad) any open space and choose Clean Up to get things arranged neatly, or Clean Up By to sort them as well. Consider the Use Stacks feature to automatically stack-up files of the same type into a single icon.

Is there an app cleaner for Mac? ›

AppCleaner allows you to uninstall your apps easily. It searches the files created by the applications and you can delete them quickly.

Is it good to shut down Mac every night? ›

It isn't good to shut down your MacBook every day, as it won't help save significant amounts of electricity or extend its battery life. Instead, we advise you to put your Mac in sleep mode or enable hibernation mode if you plan to use your MacBook within two to three days.

Will deleting apps make my Mac faster? ›

Remove unused apps

You can also help to speed up your Mac by going through your hard drive and removing any installed programs you don't use anymore. Here's how to get rid of downloaded apps or macOS applications you no longer need: Go to Finder > Applications. Click the grid icon, and select Date Last Opened.

What is the difference between quit and close on a Mac? ›

When you close an app's window, the window closes, but the app remains open. If you want to quit an app, click the app's name in the menu bar, then choose Quit [App]. For more information, see Quit apps.

How do I restart my Mac after force quit? ›

Normally you can restart your Mac by choosing Apple menu > Restart. However, in some cases—for example, if your Mac becomes unresponsive—you may need to use a different startup method. Press and hold the power button on your Mac until it shuts off. After a moment, press the power button again to start your Mac.

How do you hard reset a Mac? ›

From the Apple menu  in the corner of your screen, choose System Settings. Click General in the sidebar. Click Transfer or Reset on the right. Click Erase All Content and Settings.

How do I completely remove all data from an app? ›

  1. 1 Swipe down to your Quick Settings Panel and Tap on the Settings cogwheel.
  2. 2 Scroll down the screen and Tap on Apps.
  3. 3 Locate the app you would like to Clear Data by scrolling through the app list or by using the search icon.
  4. 4 Select Storage.
  5. 5 Tap on Clear Data.
  6. 6 Select OK to Clear App Data.
Feb 28, 2023

How do I clear app data deleted? ›

Open device Settings, and select Apps. Find the app you want to clear app data for, tap it, and select Storage. Tap Clear cache to delete all cached data for the selected app.

How do I delete all files on my Mac 2022? ›

Click the Apple () symbol in the menu bar and select System Settings (System Preferences... if you're not running macOS Ventura or later). If you're running ‌macOS Ventura‌ or later, select General in the sidebar, then choose Transfer or Reset -> Erase All Content and Settings....

How do I Uninstall software from my computer? ›

In search on the taskbar, enter Control Panel and select it from the results. Select Programs > Programs and Features. Press and hold (or right-click) on the program you want to remove and select Uninstall or Uninstall/Change.

Is there a faster way to delete files on Mac? ›

The most common ways to delete files on Mac
  1. The most basic way to delete a file on Mac is to click on it with your cursor and then drag-and-drop onto the Trash icon in your Dock.
  2. You can also right-click on any file and select Move to Trash from the menu.
  3. The fastest way to delete files is to use the ⌘ + Delete shortcut.
Aug 20, 2021

Why is command delete not working? ›

Look into "System Preferences → Keyboard keys" and make sure Command is enabled and mapped to the Cmd key. Check also custom shortcuts in the "Keyboard Shortcuts" panel. Go to Finder, select a file, open the "File" menu and see what shortcut is associated to "Move to Trash".

Does clean my Mac delete files? ›

Immediate removal

By default, CleanMyMac offers to remove files in a regular, quick, and reliable way. With this option, Shredder can seamlessly get around Finder errors and remove even those items that are locked by running processes.

How do I Uninstall a program that won't Uninstall? ›

Method II - Run the uninstall from Control Panel
  1. Open the Start Menu.
  2. Click Settings.
  3. Click Apps.
  4. Select Apps & features from the left-hand side menu.
  5. Select the Program or App that you want to uninstall from the list that appears.
  6. Click the uninstall button that shows under the selected program or app.
Oct 12, 2022

Why should you not remove a program by deleting its folder? ›

Under no circumstances should you simply delete the program folder of the application to uninstall it, because this could leave numerous files and entries in the system, which could threaten the stability of the system.

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