How to Delete Apps on MacBook Pro?
Your Mac is the go-to machine if it has the right software on it. Unfortunately, this isn’t the case with newer MacBooks that comes with plenty of outdated programs like a DVD player app.
Seriously who needs a DVD player application if current MacBooks don’t even have DVD drives anymore? This is why the first thing you do is replace native apps with your favorite apps.
After all, the point of 3rd party application developers and Mac App Store is to improve on the applications that Apple offers as defaults or simply craft new possibilities outright. However, it’s not a good idea to replace default applications.
You might find that your MacBook performance has taken a hit or that it becomes too hard to find the app you’re searching for. Of course, to correct the situation, you need to learn how to delete native programs on a MacBook. Unfortunately, there is no easy way to delete native applications on a MacBook, but we have a couple of workarounds we’ll discuss below.
Uninstall Apps on MacBook Pro: Using the Trash Tool
One of the simplest ways to delete an app on your Mac is by dragging it from the apps folder to the trash in your Dock. Next, right-click the trash icon and click on empty trash.
- Locate the ‘Finder Tab’ and click on the icon.
- Once you’re in the Finder tool, click on the ‘Go’ menu at the top of your screen. Once you’re in the ‘Go’ menu, scroll down to the applications and click on the hyperlink.
- Once you have clicked on the app hyperlink and then scroll down to the app, you want to uninstall. Right-click on the app icon and then click on the ‘Move to Trash’ icon.
- Once the app is in the trash, head down to the recycle bin in your toolbar.
- Next, right-click on the trash bin.
- Then once you have right-clicked on the recycle bin, you’ll be prompted with ‘Empty Trash.’ Click on the hyperlink to erase the trash.
- A prompt will appear on your screen asking you, ‘Are you sure you want to erase the items in the Trash permanently?’ Then, click on ‘Empty Trash.’
- After you press on ‘Empty Trash,’ open your recycle bin again to confirm it’s empty. If your recycle bin is empty, then the unwanted application was effectively uninstalled.
Uninstall Apps on MacBook Pro: Using a 3rd Party App
- If you want to entirely delete an application on your MacBook, including orphan documents, you can use a 3rd party uninstaller like App Cleaner. Just download, install and open the app. Then drag the app into the AppCleaner window and click on ‘Delete.’
- Head to the AppCleaner webpage and download it. Note that AppCleaner is an entirely free app, and you can download it by clicking on the compatible with your MacBook.
- Then launch the downloaded file. You can find the installer in your MacBook’s ‘Downloads’ folder. If you want to keep the app, drag it into your ‘Applications’ folder.
- Drag the app to the AppCleaner’s window; it will take some time to scan all files.
- Finally, click on the ‘Delete’ or ‘Remove’ button. You can select which files and folders; you want AppCleaner to erase by checking the boxes to the left of each folder.
Uninstall Apps on MacBook Pro: Using the LaunchPad
To delete apps, you downloaded from the Mac App Store:
- Open the LaunchPad in your ‘Applications’ folder.
- Press and hold the app you want to delete.
- Click on the ‘X; that shows up and click on ‘Delete’ to confirm.
- Open the ‘LaunchPad’ application on your MacBook. If you don’t see this application in your ‘Dock,’ you can launch it from the ‘Applications’ folder.
- Then find the application you want to delete.
- Next, press and hold the application icon. After a couple of seconds, the icon will begin to shake, and an ‘X’ will show up in the upper-left corner of your screen.
- Click on this ‘X’ that shows up.
- Finally, click on ‘Delete’ to confirm.
Note: If you attempt to delete an application from your MacBook Pro and after pressing ‘Delete’ the application icon remains in the dock no need to panic. This is simply an error, click on the icon again, an error text will appear and the icon will disappear.
To sum it all up, you now know how to uninstall all Mac applications in a MacBook, including the native and 3rd party ones. Note that sometimes you’ll find that you’re unable to uninstall certain apps on your MacBook, and this might be a bug or virus in your system. If this happens, find solutions online on how to remove the virus before uninstalling the applications.