How to Uninstall Applications on Mac?

By Connie | Posted to Home > Howto, updated on June 9th, 2021 |

You get down to uninstall some applications on Mac as they take much storage space or you are just tired of using them. Well, this post offers efficient methods to help you completely remove apps on Mac. Even for the apps that seem cannot be deleted, there still have ways.

How to uninstall apps on Mac via deletion

Commonly, deleting the application will help you uninstall it on your Mac. Here we supply two methods.

Solution 1: Delete apps from Launchpad

  • Open Launchpad in the dock of the bottom of the screen.
  • Find the application that you want to remove from your Mac.
  • Click on the app and hold until it jiggles. (You'll see a icon shows on the top-right of the app)
  • Uninstall apps in Launchpad
  • Click the icon and then click the popped-up Delete button.

If you need to remove multiple applications, repeat the process. But if you can't find the button on some apps, uninstall them in Finder.

Solution 2: Delete apps in Finder

  • Open Finder and select Applications.
  • Browse the applications and find out the one you want to uninstall.
  • Right-click the application and choose Move to Trash.
  • Uninstall apps in Finder
  • Type the admin password if asked.
  • Right-click the Trash bin and select Empty Trash.

Now, you won't be frustrated by these apps anymore.

How to uninstall apps that cannot be deleted on Mac

Things could be more complex as certain app or software can't be removed from Launchpad and Finder. To force uninstall some applications that seems cannot be deleted, we have useful fixes.

Solution 1: Force Quit an app and then delete it on Mac

When you remove an app, an error message appears, which reads like the item can't be moved to the Trash.

Why? Usually, the app that can't be deleted is open and working. You can try to force quit the program first and then remove it.

To force quit the app that's open:

  • Open Finder > Applications > Utilities > Activity Monitor.
  • Find the app that you'll delete.
  • Choose the app and click the button on the left corner of the Activity Monitor window.
  • Click Force Quit on the popped-up confirmation window.

Force quit the app in Activity Monitor

Now, you can continue to remove the app in Finder.

Solution 2: Uninstall apps on Mac with their built-in uninstall option

Unfortunately, some apps that can't be moved to trash, even if it is closed. Usually, to safely and completely uninstall these apps, you should use the built-in "Uninstall" feature in them.

For example, to uninstall iBoysoft NTFS for Mac, you should click the iBoysoft NTFS for Mac icon from the menu bar. Then, select the "Uninstall iBoysoft NTFS for Mac" option to completely delete it.

Uninstall iBoysoft NTFS for Mac

Solution 3: Completely uninstall an app on Mac with Terminal

Terminal, a program in macOS, allow Mac users to accomplish and automate tasks, like uninstall some applications.

  • Open Finder > Applications > Utilities > Terminal.
  • Type the following command carefully and press Return/Enter.
  • cd /Applications/
  • Type the command below to delete the target application.
  • sudo rm -rf #.app/

Note: Replace # with the app name that will be uninstalled. Or, all apps on your Mac may be removed, even some of the programs that come with your Mac.

Recovering the mistakenly deleted apps on Mac

If you have deleted some apps by mistake, you can find them in the Trash bin. If unfortunately, you have emptied the Trash, no worries. iBoysoft Data Recovery for Mac, supporting full Mac data recovery, can help you recover permanently deleted software installers within a few clicks. Then, reinstall the app with the recovered installer.

This article serves as a full guide for uninstalling applications, programs, or software on Mac. There are different solutions, and each one is step-by-step. Hope to give you some help.