Simple Ways Uninstalling Application on MAC-Unlike in Windows Operating System, uninstalling application on MAC operating system can be a little bit tricky. Especially for those who are not so used using Mac operating system. It is mostly caused by the different menu interface between Windows and Mac. Moreover, Mac is well known for its stronger security, may be this is why the process of uninstalling program on Mac is (may be) a little bit trickier compare to Windows.
How to uninstall application on Mac?
Actually, there are several ways to uninstall application on Mac operating system. We can use both the in-built facility and also using other application for it, from the simplest to the more advance way. Let’s take a look one by one.
1. Moving the application to the trash
This is the most common way to delete application or application on MAC operating system. Similarly to Android smartphones, on MAC we can also do the “move to trash” to remove certain application. Nevertheless, you cannot just drag the application but you need to do it through the “Application” folder. After moving the application to the trash folder, you can continue to empty the trash in order to completely and permanently remove or uninstall the application.
2. Delete Related App/Elements in the Library
Library is the place where all packages of the application’s elements stored. All those elements are important to make the application runs in the device. Therefore, when we remove certain element the application may face malfunction or does not run (or even) cannot run in the device. Due to this reason, we need to be careful in choosing which element is OK to remove.
In MAC operating system, Library folder is set as hidden folder in default setting. The purpose is to protect the folder from the unwanted action. Thus, the Library folder remain unseen when you try to find it with normal approach. Please follow below guide to avoid messing with unwanted removal of the (actually) needed elements.
- Go to “Finder” – “Go” button (click) + Hold the “Alt/Option” key – Click “Library” from the drop down menu.
- Press “Search” – type the application name you want to uninstall.
- Move the files to the “Trash”.
- Empty the “Trash” to remove all those supporting files/elements from the system.
By emptying the “Trash”, it means that you are completely uninstalling application on MAC.
3. Using Related Application Uninstaller
Some application or app developers have also equip the application or app with uninstaller package. For instance; Adobe reader, the app uninstaller package is already embedded along in the application when you download and install it. But some applications provides the uninstaller separately. Thus, you might need to google and download it when you cannot find it in the application package. In this case, it is simpler for the user whenever they want to remove/uninstall the application on MAC.
Please follow below steps:
- Open “Finder”.
- Search for the application name you want to uninstall. (Add the word “Uninstaller” after the application name).
- Click the application uninstaller to remove or uninstall the application from your MAC
Before knowing those above methods to uninstall application on MAC, you may thought that it is very difficult. It is probably because you are not get used yet with the interface or menu or features in MAC. Hopefully those methods will help you. We will update it when we found other recommended methods. If you have experience aside from above methods, please feel free to share in the comment box.