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How to Completely Uninstall Zoom on Mac? (Uninstaller/Finder/Terminal)

Updated on Friday, June 14, 2024

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Summary: This article introduces 4 ways to uninstall Zoom on Mac completely, including using the uninstaller, searching in Finder, and running scripts in Terminal. To quickly and completely uninstall Zoom on Mac, download iBoysoft MagicMenu right now.

How to uninstall Zoom on Mac

Sometimes, you may need to uninstall Zoom from your Mac. This could be due to various reasons, such as encountering problems with the application, concerns over the collection and sharing of personal data, switching to a different video conferencing tool, or wanting to free up space on your Mac.

While many are accustomed to uninstalling an app from Mac by moving it to Trash, it deletes only the program files, leaving various other relevant files scattered on your internal hard drive. Such an incomplete app uninstallation may continue to cause issues on your Mac and waste your precious disk space.

If you're looking to uninstall Zoom on Mac completely, this post is for you. We'll cover four ways to fully uninstall Zoom. If you're unable to uninstall Zoom in one way, try another!

How to uninstall Zoom on Mac?EffectivenessDifficulty LevelRecommendations
Use iBoysoft MagicMenuHigh - Fully uninstall Zoom, zoom.us, or Zoom Rooms with a right-clickLow - Right-click to uninstall Zoom     
Employ the built-in uninstallerMedium - Limited to Zoom version 4.4.53932.0709 or higher; may leave traces of the appLow - Click "Uninstall Zoom"    
Uninstall Zoom with FinderMedium - Take time to locate filesHigh - Manually searching for Zoom-related files and then deleting them   
Run scripts in TerminalMedium - May leave traces of the appMedium - Need to run commands   

How to completely uninstall Zoom on Mac? (Easiest)

The best way to completely uninstall Zoom, zoom.us, or Zoom Rooms on Mac is by using the right-click uninstaller in iBoysoft MagicMenu. It's especially useful when you're unable to uninstall Zoom on Mac.

The software allows you to right-click an application, including any version of Zoom, zoom.us, or Zoom Rooms, to initiate a scan that discovers the app's program files and other files it generates and then permanently deletes them.

This can save you a lot of time that would otherwise be spent searching for the app's preferences files, cache files, and other supporting documents in different directories.

It's also compatible with every macOS version, starting with macOS High Sierra, supporting Intel-based, T2, M1, M2, and M3 Macs.

Here's how to uninstall Zoom, zoom.us, or Zoom Rooms on Mac completely:

Step 1: Download and install iBoysoft MagicMenu.

Step 2: Open the right-click enhancer, then click "Extension" from the left panel and download the "Uninstall App" extension.

Download the app uninstaller on Mac

Step 3: Launch Finder and click the Applications folder from the left sidebar. Locate the Zoom app, right-click on it, and select "Uninstall."

How to uninstall Zoom on Mac completely by right clicking

Step 4: Once the scan finishes, click "Uninstall" and confirm to remove Zoom.

If you want to reinstall Zoom on your Mac, visit its download center.

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How to uninstall Zoom on Mac with its uninstaller?

If your Zoom app is version 4.4.53932.0709 or higher, you can uninstall it with its built-in uninstaller. Be reminded that this doesn't remove all files from zoom.us. On my Mac, it leaves a cache folder labeled us.zoom.xos and a supporting folder named us.zoom.ZoomUninstaller intact. 

 Tips: To check your Zoom version, open Zoom, click its name in the menu bar, then select "About Zoom."

  1. Open the Zoom app on your Mac.
  2. Select the open Zoom window, then click "zoom.us" at the top-left menu bar.
  3. Select "Uninstall Zoom."
    How to uninstall Zoom on Mac with the built in uninstaller
  4. Click OK to confirm the uninstallation.
  5. Enter your password and click OK.

How to uninstall Zoom app on Mac in Finder? 

If your Zoom version is 4.4.53909.0617 or below, you have to manually uninstall it if not using a third-party uninstaller. 

  1. Open Finder.
  2. Click Go > Go to Folder from the top-left menu bar.
  3. Type one of the following directories and hit Enter. (These are the folders where Zoom may store files. If a folder doesn't have Zoom files, move on to the next.)
    How to uninstall Zoom by deleting its files in Finder 
    ~/Library/Application\ Support
    ~/Library/Saved Application State
  4. Locate the Zoom-related files or folders and move them to the Trash.
  5. Empty your Trash.

How to uninstall Zoom on Mac in Terminal?

Alternatively, you can uninstall Zoom by running the following script in Terminal. Remember, like the built-in uninstaller, this method can't find the folders in the private folder, as the path may differ on different Macs.

  1. Open Terminal from the Applications > Utilities folder.
  2. Copy and paste the following script and hit Enter.
    How to run script in Terminal to uninstall Zoom on Mac 
    sudo /usr/bin/pkill -f "ZoomOpener" 
    sudo /usr/bin/pkill -f "RingCentralOpener" 
    sudo rm -rf /Applications/zoom.us.app 
    rm -rf ~/Library/Zoom 
    rm -rf ~/Library/Caches/us.zoom.xos 
    rm -rf ~/Library/Internet\ Plug-Ins/ZoomUsPlugIn.plugin 
    rm -rf ~/Library/Logs/zoom.us 
    rm -rf ~/Library/Logs/zoominstall.log 
    rm -rf ~/Library/Logs/zoomus 
    rm -rf ~/Library/Application\ Support/zoom.us 
    rm -rf ~/Library/Saved\ Application\ State/us.zoom.xos.savedState 
    rm -rf ~/Library/Preferences/us.zoom.xos.plist
  3. Type your admin password and hit Enter.

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