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How to Uninstall Steam on Mac and Remove Its Leftover Files Easily?

Updated on Thursday, June 16, 2022

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How to Uninstall Steam on Mac and Remove Its Leftover Files?

Summary: This article tells how to uninstall Steam on Mac and remove its leftover files completely. Besides, it addresses how to uninstall Steam games on Mac with/without the Steam app and how to delete your Steam account.

how to uninstall Steam on Mac

Nowadays, Steam has become the biggest success story in terms of gaming content delivery. However, nothing is flawless. For Mac users, one of the main drawbacks of Steam is that it takes up too much disk space. Besides, the Steam games for Mac are not as rich as Steam games for Windows.

Thus, to reclaim your precious disk space, it's a good idea to uninstall Steam for Mac or delete certain Mac Steam games you no longer need. If you cannot uninstall Steam or are just looking for the easiest and best way to get rid of the software, this article is for you. Just keep reading. 

Table of Contents:

What is Steam

Steam is a combination of a shop and launcher that provides a mass of games compatible with different platforms, including Windows, macOS, Linux, etc. It was launched on Windows in 2003 - arriving on the Mac in 2010 - and has since grown to a user base of over 150 million registered accounts.

It's not only a popular and convenient platform for game lovers but also a perfect social media for gamers. Gamers can communicate with each other, add friends, share their games library and screenshots, create groups to play Steam games together, and so on.

How to uninstall steam on Mac

Though Steam seems to be a digital paradise for gamers. You may still have your reasons to uninstall Steam for Mac or delete Steam games. For example, you spend too much money and time on Steam games. Or, running Steam causes your MacBook Pro to overheat. You may also need to uninstall it when Steam won't open on Mac or getting the "steam quits unexpectedly" error.

Whatever your reason, you can remove the Steam app just like you uninstall other apps on Mac. Simply delete the Steam app from Finder and then remove its leftover files thoroughly. Here's how to uninstall steam on Mac in detail:

Step 1: Delete the Steam app from Mac Finder

  1. If Steam is open, close it by clicking the Steam > Quit Steam option from the top of your Mac's screen.
    quit Steam on Mac
  2. Next, launch Finder and select the Applications folder to open it.
    find Steam in Mac Finder
  3. Find Steam in the Applications folder, right-click on it, and select Move to Trash.
    uninstall Steam on Mac

Step 2: Remove the leftover Steam files from your Mac

When you remove Steam for Mac in Finder, the app leaves behind some of its files. Thus, the next and final step is to clear the Steam leftover files manually.

  1. Open the Finder window, click Go at the top menu bar, and select Go to Folder.
    go to folder on Mac
  2. Type the following text in the box on your screen and hit Enter key:   
    ~/Library/Application Support
    go to the Library Application Support folder on Mac
  3. Find the folder named Steam, right-click on this folder, and select Move to Trash.
    delete Steam Application Support files on Mac
  4. Back to Go to Folder, type these paths in the box, and look for files that have "steam" or "valve" in their names. Once you find such files, move them to the Trash.   
    ~Library/Caches/...    
    ~Library/Logs/...    
    ~Library/Preferences/...    
    ~Library/Cookies/...
  5. Don't forget to empty Trash to get rid of Steam completely.

Now, you must have deleted all Steam files as well as your downloaded games. If you want to keep your downloaded games, then delete everything in the Steam folder except for steamapps. This folder contains all your downloaded games, and not deleting it will preserve your games.

Steam games folder on Mac

How to uninstall Steam games via the Steam app

If you're done playing certain games on your Mac and don't need them anymore, you may want to delete Steam games completely without uninstalling Steam altogether.

Removing the game lets you clear the storage that the game was taking up and make room for other apps and games. Now, follow the below steps to uninstall Steam games on Mac:

  1. Launch Steam on your Mac and ensure you're logged into your Steam Account.
    Steam log-in window 
  2. Click the Library option at the top.
    Steam Library 
  3. Click All on the sidebar to expand all your games, and then select the game you want to uninstall from your Mac.
    all games in Steam Library
  4. On the game screen, click the Settings icon on the right side of the window.
  5. Select Manage > Uninstall. You can also right-click the game name, then select the same options.
    uninstall Steam games 
  6. You'll get a prompt asking if you really want to remove the game. If you're sure you want to delete the game completely, select Uninstall to confirm. Steam will uninstall the game automatically, but you'll still see it in your Library in case you want to download it in the future.
    uninstall Steam games confirmation

How to uninstall Steam games on Mac without Steam

Some Mac users complain that, after removing the Steam app on Mac, the games downloaded from Steam still remain on Macintosh hard drive. And they have no idea how to uninstall Steam games on Mac without Steam.

Luckily, there is a simple way to delete Steam games without having the Steam app installed on your Mac. Here's what to do:

  1. Launch Finder, hold down the Option key, click the Go menu at the top, and select Library.
  2. Open the Application Support folder, find Steam > steamapps.Find Steam games folder 
  3.  Access the steamapps folder and then open common.
    all Steam games in steamapps folder  
  4. You should see a folder listing all your games. Right-click the game folder you want to delete, and select Move to Trash.
  5. Empty your Trash if you don't want to leave any trace of the deleted Steam games on your Mac.

How to Delete a Steam Account

Simply uninstalling Steam on your Mac won't delete your Steam account. If you decide not to play Steam games anymore, the last thing you need to do is to delete the Steam account.

Unlike most other account deletion methods, you can't simply go to your account settings and click an option to delete your account. Steam actually asks you to contact the Steam support team to remove your account.

Please be noted that you need to provide proof of ownership to complete your request. Later, you will receive a confirming email asking whether you are sure you want to delete your Steam account.

Usually, the account removal is done in stages. First, it is blocked from making further purchases for 30 days. And then, after a certain period, your Steam account is completely removed from the system.

FAQs about uninstalling Steam for Mac

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If you want to uninstall Steam without losing your games, move the steamapps folder away from the Steam directory when removing Steam. You can also make backups of all your game content and then safely uninstall Steam for Mac.

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Yes, uninstalling Steam deletes the app and all the games you downloaded, plus any other associated files saved on your Mac and downloadable content. According to Steam's developers, uninstalling Steam deletes the entire folder containing the app and all the games with it.

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All your games are routed through Steam. Even if you keep your games after uninstalling Steam, you need to reinstall Steam to be able to play your downloaded Steam games.