Delete Apps on Mac


The easiest way to delete apps on Mac OS is to use the Finder. Follow these steps to do so:

  1. Locate the app in the Finder. Most apps are in your Applications folder. Or use Spotlight to find the app, then press and hold the Command (⌘) key while double-clicking the app in Spotlight (you will go to the application folder).
    find app folder by spotlight on mac os
  2. Drag the app to the Trash, or select the app and choose File > Move to Trash.
    move to trash delete apps on mac os
  3. 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.
  4. To delete the app, choose Finder > Empty Trash.

Removing App Library files, caches and preferences

Some applications will also leave behind some preference files and caches, so to remove the app completely, you need to clean these support files as well.

Application Support files (can be anything from saved states, preferences, caches, temporary files, etc):

~/Library/Application Support/(App Name)

Preferences are stored at:

~/Library/Preferences/(App Name)

Caches are stored in:

~/Library/Caches/(App Name)

You can use third-party app to clean the App easily, for example: AppCleaner.