Hey Apple, Fix This: The mysterious methods to uninstalling Mac apps

Apple fix this

A reader wrote in with a suggestion for a topic for this column:

“Coming from a Windows environment I find that uninstalling a Mac OS application to be very difficult. My understanding is that in some cases you can simply remove the app from the Applications folder, but that is not always the case. There are other cases where the software vendor will provide an uninstall application. How can I easily uninstall apps on my Mac?”

Uninstalling apps has never been easy on the Mac. You can sometimes just delete the app from your Applications folder, but that rarely deletes all the files that app has created. Or you can delete apps installed by the Mac App Store from Mission Control: click and hold on an app’s icon. When all the icons wiggle, you can delete any app with an X at its top left corner by clicking the X.

Read the rest of the article on Macworld.

6 thoughts on “Hey Apple, Fix This: The mysterious methods to uninstalling Mac apps

  1. I use AppDelete, which is cheap (I think it started as freeware) and as far as I can tell finds all the files that an app brings with it; you can choose which to delete or trash them all. I love it.

  2. I use AppDelete, which is cheap (I think it started as freeware) and as far as I can tell finds all the files that an app brings with it; you can choose which to delete or trash them all. I love it.

  3. Kirk — A suggestion for your “Hey Apple, Fix This” series. Clearing FaceTime badges is overly cumbersome and time consuming. In particular, if you have multiple Apple devices you have to clear them on each device separately. This is not true for the Messages app. I can clear Messages badges on all my Apple devices simply by clearing them on one. It’s a great idea. I just don’t know why Apple did not make the mental connection to implement it on the FaceTime app as well.

  4. Kirk — A suggestion for your “Hey Apple, Fix This” series. Clearing FaceTime badges is overly cumbersome and time consuming. In particular, if you have multiple Apple devices you have to clear them on each device separately. This is not true for the Messages app. I can clear Messages badges on all my Apple devices simply by clearing them on one. It’s a great idea. I just don’t know why Apple did not make the mental connection to implement it on the FaceTime app as well.

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