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How to Remove or Uninstall an Unwanted Application from Mac

Published on 14 September 16
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On Mac OS X, installing and uninstalling some applications are quite easy since both the tasks are achieved by dragging and dropping the application. This procedure of removing an application is user-friendly and unlike Windows, it doesn’t require you to visit an interface similar to Window’s Control Panel or System Preferences (in Mac) for uninstallation.

App Installation on Mac

Follow the steps below:

  1. Double click the DMG or PKG file.
  2. For DMG, drag the app icon to any location and it will get installed.
  3. For PKG, specify the mounted volumes so that the application gets installed in the Application folder.
Apps Uninstallation on Mac

Follow the steps below to uninstall:

  1. Drag and installed application, widget or plugin icon and drop it on the Trash.
  2. Empty the Trash to remove the residue files from Mac hard drive.
Uninstalling an application from Windows set-up through BootCamp Assistant requires you to boot into BootCamp partition and follow the below steps:

  1. Go to Control Panel << click Add or Remove Programs. On newer version of Windows, you need to go to click << Programs and features
  2. Select the application for uninstallation
  3. Double-click the selected application and click OK to remove it from the C drive.
Application removal from an external hard drive

Mac can install an application on an external hard drive, which is formatted with Apple’s HFS file system. If the installed application is no longer required, then you can perform the above mentioned App - Uninstallation steps to get rid of unwanted apps.

Uninstallation through Terminal

You can easily remove files, folders with the help of command line utility called Terminal. It accepts the command lines and deletes the mentioned files or folders from the Mac storage devices. However, command lines can be dangerous to execute and just one incorrect command can prove to fatal for the Mac computer. To stay on the safe side, it is recommended to take a full backup of your Mac hard drive.

1. Backup your Mac Now

From the top-right menu bar, right-click the Time Machine icon and click ‘Backup Now’. Wait until a full backup is done to the external hard drive through TM application.

2. Use MDFIND Command

  • Open Terminal and type mdfind -name application. For instance mdfind -name Chrome
  • Terminal returned the result with the location where all the Chrome and its associated files are located.
Note: Here, you need not require removing all the results produced by terminal. Instead, carefully examine the results to find out the unnecessary file that needs removal. With the above results you can view that Terminal has returned .app, plists, caches and other associated files with their respective locations.

3. SUDO RM Command

  • Use sudo rm -rif -rif /XYZ command to remove the entries but be doubly sure about your choice since the deletion is irreversible.

4. Use third-party Uninstaller

The srm command is destructive and shouldn’t be used unless operated by an OS X expert. Thus, it is recommended to turn up to a 3rd party uninstaller for Mac that supports complete files and residue removal from the Mac hard drive.

Conclusion

The unwanted application uninstallation is a mandatory exercise since timely removal of junks files and apps regains the free spaces that helps OS X run better.
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On Mac OS X, installing and uninstalling some applications are quite easy since both the tasks are achieved by dragging and dropping the application. This procedure of removing an application is user-friendly and unlike Windows, it doesn’t require you to visit an interface similar to Window’s Control Panel or System Preferences (in Mac) for uninstallation.

App Installation on Mac

Follow the steps below:

  1. Double click the DMG or PKG file.
  2. For DMG, drag the app icon to any location and it will get installed.
  3. For PKG, specify the mounted volumes so that the application gets installed in the Application folder.


Apps Uninstallation on Mac

Follow the steps below to uninstall:

  1. Drag and installed application, widget or plugin icon and drop it on the Trash.
  2. Empty the Trash to remove the residue files from Mac hard drive.
Uninstalling an application from Windows set-up through BootCamp Assistant requires you to boot into BootCamp partition and follow the below steps:

  1. Go to Control Panel Add or Remove Programs. On newer version of Windows, you need to go to click
  2. Select the application for uninstallation
  3. Double-click the selected application and click OK to remove it from the C drive.


Application removal from an external hard drive

Mac can install an application on an external hard drive, which is formatted with Apple’s HFS file system. If the installed application is no longer required, then you can perform the above mentioned App - Uninstallation steps to get rid of unwanted apps.

Uninstallation through Terminal

You can easily remove files, folders with the help of command line utility called Terminal. It accepts the command lines and deletes the mentioned files or folders from the Mac storage devices. However, command lines can be dangerous to execute and just one incorrect command can prove to fatal for the Mac computer. To stay on the safe side, it is recommended to take a full backup of your Mac hard drive.

1. Backup your Mac Now

From the top-right menu bar, right-click the Time Machine icon and click ‘Backup Now’. Wait until a full backup is done to the external hard drive through TM application.

2. Use MDFIND Command

  • Open Terminal and type -name application. For instance -name Chrome
  • Terminal returned the result with the location where all the Chrome and its associated files are located.


Note: Here, you need not require removing all the results produced by . Instead, carefully examine the results to find out the unnecessary file that needs removal. With the above you can view that Terminal has returned .app, , caches and other associated files with their respective locations.

3. SUDO RM Command

  • Use sudo rm - - /XYZ command to remove the entries but be doubly sure about your choice since the deletion is irreversible.


4. Use third-party Uninstaller

The command is destructive and shouldn’t be used unless operated by an OS X expert. Thus, it is recommended to turn up to a 3rd party uninstaller for Mac that supports complete files and residue removal from the Mac hard drive.

Conclusion

The unwanted application uninstallation is a mandatory exercise since removal of junks files and apps regains the free spaces that OS X run better.

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