How To Uninstall Programs On Mac
Users looking for guides on how to uninstall programs on Mac computers made by Apple may be surprised at how easy the entire process is. Unlike the PC ecosystem, there are no registry files on the Mac, which make uninstalling simpler. However, most Windows computers have a built-in program designed to remove obsolete or unwanted files, so working this process on a Mac may be more tricky.
In order to uninstall programs on a Mac, you will need:
- a Macintosh computer made by Apple, Inc.
- a program that you no longer want or need
- about two to three minutes of time depending on how involved you want the process of uninstalling a program on your Mac to be
Once you have these all ready to go, follow these steps to uninstall a program on a Mac:
- Identify the program(s) to be removed. This is probably the most straightforward step in the entire process of uninstalling programs on a Mac. Since most programs on a Mac are installed by dragging them into the “Applications” folder, it is most likely that you will find the program you are looking for there.
- Determine if the program comes with an uninstaller. If the developer of the program in question has a built-in uninstaller, use it. If this is available, that will be all you need to uninstall a program on a Mac.
- Determine if the program is bundled or unbundled. If the program is a bundled one, meaning all the settings and preference files are centrally located, then just drag the program to the trash bin and you’re done uninstalling a program from a Mac.
- If unbundled, go to the /Users/yourname/Library and look for leftover settings and preferences files. If the program is unbundled, then once you have dragged the program itself to the trash, then you may want to go to the folder where the preferences and settings are located and manually trash them as well. This step is not necessary when uninstalling a program from a Mac, as these files cause no harm to the computer, but some users would rather not have them lying around all the same.