How to Easily Delete Apps on Your Mac: A Comprehensive Guide with Tips and Tricks


As a Mac user, you know how important it is to keep your computer running smoothly. One way to do this is by deleting apps that you no longer need or use. However, deleting apps on a Mac can be confusing for some users. That’s why we’ve put together this comprehensive guide to help you easily delete apps on your Mac without any hassle. Here’s what we’ll be covering:

Step-by-Step Guide to Delete Apps on Your Mac

Deleting apps on a Mac can be done in a few different ways. In this section, we will explain the step-by-step process of deleting an app on your Mac and cover the different methods you can use. We’ll also provide tips for safely and completely deleting apps.

Method 1: Dragging to Trash

The simplest and most common way of deleting apps on a Mac is by dragging the app to the Trash. Here’s how:

  1. Find the app you want to delete and drag its icon to the Trash icon on the dock or folder.
  2. Right-click (or control-click) on the Trash icon on the dock and select “Empty Trash.”

It’s important to note that some apps may leave behind residual files even after being moved to the Trash. To ensure complete deletion, we recommend using a third-party app or manually deleting the residual files.

Method 2: Using Launchpad or Finder

Another way to delete apps on your Mac is by using Launchpad or Finder.

  1. Open Launchpad or Finder.
  2. Find the app you want to delete.
  3. Click and hold on the app until it starts to jiggle.
  4. Click the “x” button in the top left corner of the app icon.
  5. Select “Delete” when prompted.

Method 3: Deleting through the App Store

If you downloaded an app from the App Store, you can delete it through the App Store.

  1. Open the App Store on your Mac.
  2. Click on the “Purchased” tab and find the app you want to delete.
  3. Click on “Delete” next to the app.

If you are not using the latest version of macOS, this method may not be available to you.

Tips for Safely and Completely Deleting Apps

To ensure that you’ve completely deleted an app from your Mac, we recommend following these tips:

  • Empty the Trash after dragging an app to it.
  • Search for residual files and delete them manually, or use a third-party app to do so.
  • Be cautious when deleting system apps or applications that you’re not familiar with. Deleting the wrong app can cause issues with your Mac.

Video Tutorial

If you prefer a more interactive way of learning, we recommend watching this video tutorial that walks you through the process of deleting apps on your Mac:

Common Mistakes

Even though deleting apps on a Mac seems straightforward, there are common mistakes that users make. Here are some of them:

  • Not emptying the Trash after deleting an app.
  • Leaving residual files behind after deleting an app.
  • Deleting system apps or applications you’re not familiar with, which can cause unexpected issues with your Mac.

To avoid these common mistakes, make sure to follow the tips we provided earlier and be cautious when deleting apps.

Using Third-Party Apps

Some users may prefer using third-party uninstaller apps to delete apps on their Macs. While these apps can be helpful, there are also drawbacks to consider.


  • Automatically delete residual files left behind after app deletion.
  • Can delete multiple apps at once.


  • Some apps may not be fully compatible with third-party uninstaller apps, which can cause issues with your Mac.
  • May require additional payments or purchase of a license.

If you decide to use a third-party app to delete apps, we recommend doing your research and choosing a reputable app that is compatible with your Mac.

Using Terminal

Terminal is a tool for advanced Mac users who prefer using command lines. It can also be used to delete apps on a Mac.

WARNING: Be cautious when using Terminal to delete apps on your Mac. Deleting the wrong files or using the wrong command can cause damage to your Mac.

Here’s how to delete apps using Terminal:

  1. Open Terminal on your Mac.
  2. Type in the following command: sudo rm -rf /Applications/ (replace “Appname” with the name of the app you want to delete)
  3. Press enter and type in your password when prompted.


Even after following our step-by-step guide, you may encounter problems when trying to delete apps on your Mac. Here are some common problems and solutions:

  • Permission errors: If you receive a permission error when trying to delete an app, try restarting your Mac and attempting the deletion again. If that doesn’t work, use a free app like “AppCleaner” to force delete the app.
  • Failed deletions: If an app fails to delete using the methods we’ve provided, try resetting the permissions on the app or using a third-party app to delete it.


We hope that this comprehensive guide has helped you successfully delete apps on your Mac. Remember to follow our tips for safe and complete app deletion, and be cautious when deleting system apps or applications you’re not familiar with. If you have any additional tips or experiences to share, please share them in the comments section below. For more Mac-related tips and tricks, check out our other articles.

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