How to uninstall or delete apps on your Mac computer

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It’s easy to uninstall apps from your Mac.

  • You can uninstall apps from your Mac by moving them to the Trash.
  • If you downloaded the app from the App Store, you can also uninstall it through Launchpad.
  • Uninstalling an app should delete most of its data, but some data may be left behind on your Mac.
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If you’re like most people, apps take up more space on your Mac than any other kind of file. And in many cases, the biggest apps are ones that you barely use.

Luckily, it’s easy to uninstall apps on a Mac. You can get rid of them like any other file: Just throw them in the trash.

Here’s how to uninstall apps from your Mac.

How to uninstall apps on a Mac

Using Finder

1. Find the app you want to uninstall, either on your Desktop or in a Finder window. If the app is on your Dock but you can’t find it anywhere else, right-click it in the Dock and then select Options and Show in Finder.

2. Once you find the app icon, you have two options. You can:

  • Right-click the icon and select Move to Trash
  • Click and drag the app icon to the Trash app
A Mac's Applications folder, with the Move to Trash option highlighted.
You can right-click on any app or file to delete it.

In either case, the app icon will disappear from your Finder or Desktop, along with all or most of its data. If the app icon is still in your Dock, just click it and it should give an error message and then disappear.

And to fully delete all the data, open Trash and click Empty in the top-right corner.

A Mac's Trash folder, with the "Empty" option highlighted.
Click “Empty” to fully delete everything in the Trash folder.

Using Launchpad

If you downloaded the app you’re uninstalling from the Mac App Store, you can also uninstall it through the Launchpad.

1. Open Launchpad and scroll to find the app you want to uninstall.

2. Click and hold your mouse on the app until all the apps start to shake.

3. If the app was downloaded from the App Store, it should have an X icon in the top-right corner. Click that X, and then click Delete.

A Mac's Launchpad screen, with the "Delete" option highlighted.
Click the X and then confirm you want to delete the app.

The app icon – and its data – will disappear.

Olivia Young contributed to a previous version of this article.

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How to delete apps on any device to free up storage space and save battery life

How to delete apps: a full guide for every device
You can delete unneeded apps from any device in a few simple steps.

  • You can delete apps on any device to save storage space and battery life while decluttering your home screen.
  • To delete apps on iPhone, iPad, Android and Apple Watch, simply tap and hold the app icon.
  • To delete or uninstall apps on Mac or Windows 10 computers, you have to use Launchpad or Settings.
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Deleting apps is a great way to clean up your digital space, though the methods for getting it done will depend on the device you’re using.

Here’s a quick guide to deleting apps, whether you’re using an iPhone, iPad, iCloud, Mac, Windows, Android, Apple Watch, Chromebook, or Apple TV.

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How to delete apps on an iPhone or iPad

To delete apps on iPhone, simply go to your home screen, and tap and hold the desired app to access the option to “Remove App.” Then, select “Delete App.” That will also get rid of any data associated with that app.

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Tap “Remove App” and then “Delete App” in the next pop-up.

On an iPhone with iOS 14 or later, you can also hide an app from your home screen by saving it to your App Library – after selecting “Remove App,” choose “Remove from Home Screen” instead of “Delete App.”

The process to delete apps on an iPad is the same. But instead of first selecting “Remove App,” you’ll simply select “Delete App.” Like on iPhone, deleting an app on an iPad will also delete the data associated with the app.

To free up space in your iCloud account, go to the Settings app on your iPhone or iPad, then select your name, hit “iCloud,” and “Manage Storage.” From there, go into the “Backups” section and you’ll see your list of apps, which you can then delete.

How to delete apps on a Mac

You can’t delete some of the apps on your Mac, but for the ones you can, the Launchpad is the easiest route to getting it done.

Simply open it and then click and hold the app. An “x” should appear in the top-left corner of the app icon. Click the “x” to delete the app on your Mac.

Mac Launchpad screen
A small “x” will appear at the top-left of any apps that can be deleted.

How to delete apps on Windows 10

Deleting programs on Windows 10 is a bit more complicated as simply deleting the program folder or file can cause problems.

Instead, it’s best to go through the “Apps and Features” page in the Settings app. Once there, simply select the app and click “Uninstall.”

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You’ll have to “Uninstall” programs and apps on Windows 10.

Like Mac computers, however, some apps cannot be deleted.

How to delete apps on Android

To delete apps on Android, you can simply press and hold the app, then drag it to the “Uninstall” text at the top right of the screen (next to the trash icon) to delete it.

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Tap, hold, and drag an app to the trash can icon.

How to delete apps on an Apple Watch

There are two ways to delete apps from your Apple Watch: from the Watch app on your iPhone or from the apps screen on your Apple Watch.

On your Watch, you can tap and hold the app icon. An “x” will appear over the icon, which you can tap to remove the app from the device. If your apps are in a list view, you can swipe to the left on an app and tap the trash can icon to delete it.

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Swipe left and tap the trash icon if your apps are in list view.

On your iPhone, open the Watch app and, on the “Watch” tab, select the app and then toggle off the option to “Show app on Apple Watch.” You can also turn off automatic app installation from there.

How to delete apps on a Chromebook

Deleting apps on a Chromebook is simple: Select and open the launcher, then right-click the desired app, and select “Uninstall” or “Remove from Chrome.”

On the other hand, if you want to delete apps from Google Chrome, go to “chrome://apps” in the browser and, like with Chromebook, right-click the desired app icon and then select “Remove from Chrome.”

Chromebook delete apps screen
After right-clicking an app, select “Remove from Chrome…” in the pop-up.

How to delete apps on an Apple TV

You can only delete apps on newer Apple TV 4K and Apple TV HD models – otherwise, you’ll only have the option to hide them from the home screen.

But for those who can, the process is simple: Scroll to the app on your home screen, then if you have a remote with a touchpad, press down in the center of it until the apps begin to wiggle. If you don’t have the touchpad, press and hold the select button. Then hit the play/pause button to open the menu to delete the app.

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Select “Delete” to remove an app.

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How to delete your Spotify account and permanently erase your saved music

  • To delete your Spotify account, you’ll need to use the Spotify website in an internet browser.
  • You can’t delete your Spotify account from the mobile app.
  • You also can’t delete your Spotify account if you have a subscription – you’ll need to cancel it first.
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If you find you are no longer using Spotify, you can delete your account. However, you can only delete your Spotify account on the Spotify website through an internet browser – not on the mobile app.

Before closing your account, make sure you’re aware of the repercussions. You can also cancel your subscription without deleting your account altogether, and only use the free version of Spotify.

If you do close your account, you won’t be able to use your current username with Spotify again; you can, however, create a new account with the same email address. Additionally, you won’t have access to your playlists and followers anymore and you’ll lose all the music you’ve saved to your library.

Here’s how to close your Spotify account and erase your saved music.

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How to delete your Spotify account, and erase your personal data and playlists

  • To delete your Spotify account, you’ll have to go through the Spotify website in an internet browser.
  • You can’t delete your Spotify account through the mobile or desktop apps.
  • Deleting your account means you’ll lose your followers and playlists. You can create a new account with your same email and contact information at any time.
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If you find you are no longer using Spotify, you can delete your account – but you can only do so in an internet browser, not through the app.

Before closing your account, make sure you’re aware of the repercussions, and note that you can cancel your subscription without deleting your account altogether.¬†

If you close your account, you won’t be able to use your current username with Spotify again; you can, however, create a new account with the same email address.

Additionally, you won’t have access to your playlists and followers anymore. You’ll also lose all the music you’ve saved to your library.

Finally, if you’re signed up for Spotify Premium with a student discount, you’ll have to wait a full year until you can apply for that discount again.

Here’s how to close your account.

How to delete your Spotify account

To begin, you’ll have to first navigate to Spotify’s “Contact Customer Support” page. Make sure you’re logged into the account that you want to delete.

This will begin the process to close your account.

1. Click “Account.”

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Open your account settings.

2. Click “I want to close my account.”

3. Verify that you actually want to permanently close your account, or just cancel your paid subscription. Click the black “Close Account” option on the left side to move forward with deletion.

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Close your account or just cancel your subscription.

4. This will bring you to a page that says “We’re sad you want to leave us” and will begin the five-step process to close your account. Click the blue “Continue” button to move forward after each step.

5. Verify that you’re signed into the right account. Click the blue “Continue” button.

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Click “Continue” once you’ve confirmed that this is the right account.

6. Spotify will warn you that you’ll lose your followers and playlists. Check the box confirming you understand the consequences, and click the blue “Continue” button.

7. Click “Continue” again on the next page. You’ll receive an email – sent to the account you signed up with – to confirm you still want to close your account.

8. Open the link you received and click the final “Close My Account” option. This appears as a green button, and must be clicked within 24 hours of receiving the email.

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