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The Safest Way to Completely Uninstall CleanMyMac X/3 (2023)

Updated on Monday, July 10, 2023

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How to Completely Uninstall CleanMyMac X/3 (Proven Guide)

Summary: This guide tells you how to uninstall CleanMyMac thoroughly, including deleting its leftovers from every corner of your Mac/MacBook. By the way, if you have trouble using CleanMyMac, free download to try its best alternative - iBoysoft DiskGeeker.

how to uninstall CleanMyMac

CleanMyMac X (the updater of CleanMyMac 3) is an optimization tool for Mac. It can help you clean junk files on your Mac.

If you think that CleanMyMac X is not worth it or disturbing and prepare to uninstall it on your Mac, startup, or menu bar, follow this dedicated guide. This post will show you how to completely uninstall CleanMyMac in stepwise ways.

Guide to deleting CleanMyMac

Uninstall CleanMyMac from Mac1. Open CleanMyMac.
2. Click on "Uninstaller" from the sidebar.
3. Check the box next to CleanMyMac.
4. Click "Uninstall" at the bottom.
5. Open Disk Utility and right-click CleanMyMac DMG and choose "Eject".
Remove CleanMyMac from startup1. Go to the Apple menu > System Preferences > Users & Groups.
2. Click on the Login Items tab. 
3. Unlock the bottom lock, select CleanMyMac, and click the remove button (-).
Remove CleanMyMac from the menu bar1. Launch CleanMyMac.
2. Open CleanMyMac preferences.
3. Click on the Menu tab.
4. Uncheck "Enable Menu".

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How to completely uninstall CleanMyMac from your Mac?

It seems easy to uninstall an app on Mac but not in reality. CleanMyMac X won't be uninstalled thoroughly by simply moving to Trash. Its leftovers are still on your Mac and occupy the disk storage space.

Here are two ways to completely remove CleanMyMac from your MacBook, choose one of them as you would like to.

Uninstall CleanMyMac with the built-in Uninstaller module

CleanMyMac is designed with a Uninstall functionality. You can use it to uninstall CleanMyMac and its app caches, preferences, supporting files, and other related data.

But note that, using the Uninstaller module to remove CleanMyMac actually can't do a complete cleaning. The DMG file (Disk Image) of CleanMyMac will be left on your Mac.

So, you can uninstall CleanMyMac with its Uninstaller first. And then eject its DMG.

Here's how to completely uninstall CleanMyMac X/3 from your Mac:

  1. Open CleanMyMac X or CleanMyMac 3.
  2. Click on "Uninstaller" on the left sidebar.
  3. Find and select the box next to CleanMyMac X/3. You can click the arrow behind CleanMyMac to see its associated files and ensure all of them are chosen.
    uninstall CleanMyMac X with the Uninstaller module
  4. Click the Uninstall button > "Uninstall" on the pop-up confirmation dialogue box. 
    click Uninstall on the popup confirmation box
  5. Choose a reason why you want to uninstall CleanMyMac X/3 and click "Submit Answer". (Optional).
  6. Open Finder and click the Mac hard drive under the Locations section on the sidebar, then right-click on the CleanMyMac X/3 DMG and choose "Eject". 
    eject CleanMyMac X Disk Image

Then, you can open Finder and click the search icon in the upper right corner of the window to search for "CleanMyMac" to verify whether or not any CleanMyMac-related data remains on your Mac. 

Manually uninstall CleanMyMac

If you don't want to use CleanMyMac's default uninstaller, you can also uninstall CleanMyMac by hand. This way is a little more complicated as this app's related files are scattered on your Mac.

Here are how to manually uninstall CleanMyMac X/3 on your Mac:

  1. Close CleanMyMac X or CleanMyMac 3.
  2. Go to Launchpad > Other > Activity Monitor and click on the CPU tab.
  3. Search for CleanMyMac in the Activity Monitor search box to check whether or not all its background programs are closed. If not, select the program and click the "X" icon at the top. 
    quit CleanMyMac X in Activity Monitor 
  4. Open Finder > Applications and right-click CleanMyMac X or CleanMyMac 3 and select "Move to Trash". You can also directly drag and drop the app to Trash.
  5. Find and delete all the related files of CleanMyMac X/3. 
    By default, these files are stored in the Library folder in your user folder. You can open Finder and click Go > Go to Folder on the top Finder menu bar. Then, enter ~/Library into the search box and press Return to open the Library folder. 
    search the Library folder in the Go to Folder box  
    Browse the following subfolders in the Library folder which contains the CleanMyMac X/3 related files and move them to Trash: 
    ~/Library/Application Scripts/
    ~/Library/Application Support/
    ~/Library/Group Containers/
    find and delete CleanMyMac related files in the Library folder 
  6. Empty your Trash.

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How to remove CleanMyMac from startup?

If you are just tired of the anatomic launch of CleanMyMac every time you log into your Mac rather than want to delete it from your computer, you can simply stop CleanMyMac from opening at startup.

Steps to remove CleanMyMac from startup:

  1. Go to the Apple menu > System Preferences > Users & Groups. 
    open Users and Groups in System Preferences
  2. Click on the Login Items tab.
  3. Click the lock icon at the bottom and enter your admin account for further changes.
  4. Check the box next to CleanMyMac.
  5. Click the remove button (-) to remove CleanMyMac from the list. 
    remove CleanMyMac from startup on Mac

Then, CleanMyMac X won't open on your Mac startup.

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How to remove CleanMyMac from the menu bar?

If CleanMyMac on the menu bar keeps showing notifications that disturb your work, you can remove it from the menu bar.

The way to remove CleanMyMac from the menu bar:

  1. Open CleanMyMac and click on CleanMyMac from the menu bar > Preferences. 
    open CleanMyMac X Preferences
  2. Click the Menu tab and uncheck the "Enable Menu option". 
    remove CleanMyMac from the menu bar

Then, CleanMyMac won't show up in the menu bar.

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Final words

It is a little bit hard to completely uninstall CleanMyMac from your Mac as it has a lot of associated files. If you are not clear on how to remove CleanMyMac from your Mac thoroughly, follow the ways mentioned in this post. Then, you won't be annoyed by CleanMyMac.

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FAQs bout how to uninstall CleanMyMac


It depends on your needs. If you think CleanMyMac is not useful to improve your Mac performance, you can try its best alternative iBoysoft DiskGeeker. This Mac cleaner contains many more features and is authenticated by Apple.


Yes, CleanMyMac is supported by Apple.