New users of computers running Mac OS operating system may encounter a problem when performing even some very basic actions. If a person has just moved from Windows to Mac, he may not understand how to uninstall the program from Apple computer. In fact, it is very easy, but you need to know the algorithm, which we will describe for you in the framework of this article.
Table of contents: 1. How to uninstall a program on a Mac via LaunchPad 2. How to uninstall a program on a Mac via Finder 3. How to uninstall third-party software on a Mac 4. How to uninstall a program on a Mac through the storage management
How to uninstall a program on a mac via launchpad
All programs that are installed on a Macbook, iMac or another computer running Mac OS are located in the LaunchPad. To enter it, you need to click on the corresponding icon in the dock, where all shortcuts are located.
LaunchPad is a list of all programs. Mac OS operating system is designed in such a way that here each program is a single file, at least for the user. Here it is impossible to see which files are in this or another application without additional efforts. Therefore, uninstalling applications in Mac OS is also easy. It is enough to take the program from LaunchPad and drag it into the trash can, which is located on the dock panel.
An informational message will appear next to the program. In this message you will need to confirm that you want to remove this application from your computer.
How to uninstall program via finder
Finder in Mac OS is something similar to the File Explorer in Windows. It stores all files that the user downloads to his computer. But also Finder has programs that can be accessed by clicking on the corresponding section in the left column.
You need to pull the program you want to remove into the trash can located in the dock.
After that, the program will be deleted immediately, or you may be asked to enter a password for the account.
Please note: Uninstalling programs through the Finder is less effective in terms of cleaning the computer of residual information from the program than deleting it through the LaunchPad.
How to uninstall third-party software on a mac
Methods described above are good if you are installing all your applications from the Apple store. But they are not suitable if the program was downloaded from the Internet from the developer’s website and installed on your computer. In this situation, you need to see if the application itself offers the necessary uninstalling options. To do this, launch the application that you want to remove, and look at the top menu for available actions. If the program was created by some well-known developers, most likely it can be removed in one of the drop-down menus.
Next, you will need to enter your account password. After that the application will be removed from your Mac.
How to uninstall a program on a mac through the storage management
Another way to remove applications on a Mac is to use the storage management utility. To launch it you need to click on the apple icon in the upper left corner, then select “About this Mac” in the drop-down menu.
Information about your computer will open immediately. Here you need to switch to the “Storage” section in the top menu, and then click “Manage”.
The utility for managing the repository will start. To delete programs, switch to the “Applications” section in the left menu. After that, select the program that you would like to remove, and click on the “Delete” button in the lower right corner.
A pop-up window will appear asking if you really want to remove the program. Click “Delete” to confirm your actions.
Important note: This way you can uninstall programs that cannot be removed by the methods described above.
All of the above are the most common ways to uninstall a program on a Mac. There are a few more options that can be used. For example, downloading and installing on your Mac some special applications that can remove programs, or delete programs through their contents. But these methods can be replaced by the methods described above.