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How to uninstall apps on Mac: explained step by step | Digital Trends Spanish


Although it may seem simple, the procedure to remove apps on a computer if you no longer need them is not always obvious; Furthermore, the operating system does not come with an instruction manual that tells you how to do it. Therefore, in this article we are going to explain how to uninstall apps on Mac (and we’ll tell you what to do with the apps you can’t delete).

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This method applies to virtually any application that you have downloaded from the Mac App Store. If you want to uninstall one of these applications from your system, this is the fastest and most efficient way to do it.

Step 1: head to the Dock and look for an option that says Launchpad (the icon is a silver rocket). You can also find it via the dedicated Launchpad key (F4 or the button with the rows of icons on the touch bar) or by pinching with four fingers on the Apple Trackpad.

Step 2: once opened, the Launchpad will replace any current window with a grid of applications. You can view, open and rearrange the applications here if you want, but in this case you will use it as a tool to remove unwanted software.

Step 3: click on the application you want to remove and hold the button until the icon starts to move. If you have used an Apple mobile device, you surely know what it is about: when an app “shakes” it is because it is ready for you to move or delete it.

Step 4: When the icon starts to move, you should see an “X” appear in the upper left corner of it. Now, simply click on that “X” and confirm your decision with the button. Remove to get rid of the application in question.

That is all! However, if you accidentally delete an app that you want to keep, don’t worry. You can reinstall any of the apps you have removed without having to pay for them again. To reinstall them, you must go to the App Store and download them normally.

How to uninstall apps that are not on the Launchpad

If you don’t see the app you want to remove on the Launchpad, don’t be alarmed. There is probably still a way to uninstall it. However, this time you will have to try a little harder. This is what you should do.

Step 1: first, click Finder Inside the Dock, the icon is like a smiling computer screen. Then, find the application you want to remove or go to the folder Applications and scroll to find the application in question.

Step 2: check if the app has its own folder. If so, select this folder to review. Many large or old applications often include an uninstaller, which can remove the application for you. If your app folder includes one, click on it. This will automatically run the uninstaller, it will give you a set of instructions to remove the software.

how to uninstall apps on Mac

Step 3: If the app doesn’t have its own folder or uninstaller, you still have options. At one end of your Dock you should see a trash can icon. Click, hold, and drag the application icon in Finder to the Paper bin inside the Dock.

You can schedule your Trash to empty automatically after a certain period of time. You can also press Ctrl + click Trash and select Empty Trash to remove all content immediately.

Apps you can’t delete

Keep in mind that there are a number of applications that you will not be able to uninstall. These are applications that are part of MacOS, play an integral role in Apple services, and generally represent the brand to such an extent that the company will not let you get rid of them. These applications include Safari, Mail, and many others that appear naturally in the Dock.

how to uninstall apps on Mac

While you can’t get rid of these apps, that doesn’t necessarily mean you have to keep looking at them. If you want to pretend they are not there at least you can press Ctrl + click these apps in the Dock, then select Choices in the pop-up menu and click Remove from Dock. This is a nice little way to free up space on your Dock, even if you can’t remove some software permanently.

In the Launchpad, you can also put the icons inside folders to get them out of the way. Just like on an iPhone, click and hold an icon, then drag it over another icon. This will automatically create a folder that you can later drag other icons into. You can also simply drag the icon to a different page of the applications to clean up your virtual workspace.

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