MacOS has always had a very clear advantage over Windows in the field of uninstall applications. While Windows has always involved entering the computer's configuration and loading a list of all applications, in macOS it is enough simply to delete the application. This is the official method.
However, sometimes this way of uninstalling applications may leave traces on the computer. Settings, data, preferences files, cache … are not officially described, but we have unofficial (and reliable) help eliminate them completely. And this help is in the form of other applications.
Is there an uninstallation … and the actual uninstallation
It is common in most macOS applications. If you want to uninstall it, simply open the system application directory and delete the program. Simple, right? The advantage of uninstalling applications in this way is that everyone can do this, the process is not complicated.
The downside (possible) is that the cache and configuration files generated by this program will remain in the system, taking up space. Another effect of these files is that if you install this application again, the settings you set will return. If that's exactly what you want, you can stop reading because you just need to know how to delete the application and empty the recycle bin.
But if what you want is to uninstall the application and delete all your configuration files by clearing all your trace, then the best is use a program that helps you easily locate and delete all of these files. We can offer you two alternatives:
- AppCleaner is the simple and free option: a small window to drag an application so you can see all your files and you can delete them with a single click. You can download it from the official website.
- CleanMyMac is the option for those who want a more complete tool that goes beyond. Not only helps remove all whitebait of the applications you uninstall also helps maintain optimal macOS performance and save space with some regular maintenance operations. Yes, it costs $ 39.95 per year.
Keep in mind that this works for most applications, but not for absolutely everyone. There are some larger programs, such as Microsoft Office or Adobe applications, that they have their own uninstaller. And in that case, the best thing you can do is follow the instructions before resorting to removing the application directly or using third-party applications for it.
Finally, a simple and useful advice: uninstall applications you do not use. On some Macs with 128 GB of space, gaining 4 or 5 GB occupying apps like Garageband can be a big help. And yes, even if they were preinstalled on your computer, you can silently delete them and download them again if you need them in the future.