Uninstalling apps on a Mac can be more complex than simply dragging the app to the Trash. Often, leftover files such as preferences, caches, and support files can clutter your system, taking up valuable space and potentially causing conflicts. This guide will walk you through several methods to ensure a complete removal of any apps as games or editing apps from your Mac, offering tips for a thorough cleanup.

Using the Finder

Method 1: Using the Finder


The most straightforward way to uninstall an app on your Mac is by using Finder. This method is typically sufficient for apps downloaded from the Mac App Store.


1. Open Finder:

   – Click on the Finder icon in your Dock to open a new Finder window.


2. Navigate to Applications:

   – In the Finder sidebar, click on “Applications” to open the Applications folder.


3. Drag the App to Trash:

   – Locate the app you want to uninstall.

   – Click and drag the app icon to the Trash in your Dock.

   – Alternatively, right-click (or control-click) the app and select “Move to Trash.”


4. Empty Trash:

   – To completely remove the app, you need to empty the Trash.

   – Right-click the Trash icon in your Dock and select “Empty Trash.”

   – Confirm the action when prompted.


Method 2: Using Launchpad


For apps downloaded from the Mac App Store, you can also use Launchpad to uninstall them.


1. Open Launchpad

   – Click on the Launchpad icon in your Dock or press `F4` on your keyboard.


2. Locate the App

   – Scroll through your apps until you find the one you want to uninstall.


3. Enter Jiggle Mode

   – Click and hold the app icon until all icons start to jiggle.

   – Alternatively, click and hold any icon and wait for the jiggling to start.


4. Click the X Button

   – Click the small “X” button that appears in the upper-left corner of the app icon you want to remove.

   – Confirm the deletion when prompted.


Method 3: Using Third-Party Uninstallers


For a more thorough removal, especially for apps that leave behind a lot of residual files, consider using third-party uninstaller software.


1. Download a Uninstaller App

   – Popular choices include CleanMyMac X, AppCleaner, and AppZapper.

   – Download and install the uninstaller app from the developer’s website.


2. Launch the Uninstaller

   – Open the uninstaller app.


3. Select the App to Uninstall

   – Use the uninstaller app’s interface to find and select the app you want to uninstall.

   – The uninstaller will scan for all related files, including preferences, caches, and support files.


4. Complete the Uninstallation

   – Follow the prompts to remove the app and all associated files.





Uninstalling apps on a Mac involves more than just dragging the application to the Trash. To ensure complete removal and reclaim valuable disk space, you need to address leftover files that can linger in various locations on your system. By using Finder, Launchpad, third-party uninstallers, and manual file deletion, you can effectively remove all traces of unwanted applications. Regularly cleaning up residual files can help maintain your Mac’s performance and prevent potential conflicts. With these tips, you’ll keep your Mac running smoothly and efficiently.