Uninstall apps on your Mac

Deleting or uninstalling an app will remove it from your Mac and make the storage space it was using available for other items. You can do this from Launchpad or the Finder.

Use Launchpad to delete apps that were downloaded from the App Store

Launchpad offers a convenient way to delete apps that have been downloaded from the App Store. 

  1. To open Launchpad, click it in the Dock or open it from your Applications folder. Or pinch closed with your thumb and three fingers on your trackpad.
  2. If you can't see the app in Launchpad, type its name in the search field at the top of Launchpad. If you have more than one page of apps, you can switch pages by clicking the dots at the bottom of the screen, or by swiping right or left with two fingers on your trackpad.
  3. Press and hold the Option (⌥) key, or click and hold any app until the apps start jiggling.
  4. Click the Delete button  next to the app you want to delete, then click Delete to confirm. The app will be deleted immediately.

Launchpad window

If you can't delete an app from Launchpad: The Delete button  will only appear for apps that were downloaded from the App Store. Delete other apps using the Finder instead. The app will be deleted from Launchpad as well.


Use the Finder to delete apps

  1. Switch to the Finder, such as by clicking your desktop or the Finder icon in the Dock.
  2. Select the app you want to delete.
    Most apps are in your Applications folder, which you can open by clicking Applications in the sidebar of any Finder window. Or choose Go > Applications from the menu bar in the Finder.
  3. Use any of these ways to move the app to the Bin:
    • Drag the app to the Bin.
    • Select the app and choose File > Move to Bin from the menu bar.
    • Select the app and press Command-Delete on your keyboard.
  4. If you’re asked for a username and password, enter the username and password of an administrator account on your Mac. This is usually the username and password you use to log in to your Mac.
  5. To delete the app after moving it to the Bin, choose Finder > Empty Bin.

The Bin icon in the Dock

If you can't move an app to the Bin: You can't use the Finder to delete apps that are required by your Mac, such as many of the apps installed by macOS.

 


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