Removing or Uninstalling Applications

In this lesson for macOS Mojave on the Mac, I look at the different ways you uninstall or remove applications. When you uninstall an application, the overall goal is to remove them from the Applications folder.

Using Launchpad to remove Apps
If you’ve downloaded an app from the App Store, you can use Launchpad to delete or remove the application. You can only remove apps downloaded from the App Store using this method. Open Launchpad and then click-and-hold on any of the application icons. They will start jiggling. Apps that have been downloaded from the App Store will have an ‘x’ in the corner above the icon. Click on the ‘x’ to remove the app. It will be removed from Launchpad and from the Applications folder.

Deleting by throwing the Application in the Trash
This method works for both apps that have been downloaded from the App Store and app you’ve installed using other methods. Just open your Applications folder, find the app you want to delete, and move it to the trash. If the app was downloaded from the App Store, the Mac will ask for your user account password. Enter the password to complete the uninstall.

Using an Uninstaller
In rare cases, an app will have an uninstaller. This is similar to having an installer, but instead of installing the app, when you open the uninstaller, you will be guided on how to remove the app. To see if an app uses an uninstaller, you can usually go to the app’s website.

See this Lesson Action
To see this lesson in action, take a look at the video above.

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