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How to Delete Apps on MacBook: A Comprehensive Two-Way Guide

Efficient Ways to Uninstall MacBook Apps

Ever wondered how to delete an app on your MacBook? This guide will help. We’ll explore two different methods to uninstall both types of apps – those downloaded directly from the App Store and the ones installed using your browser. Let’s dive in. 😃


Deleting Apps downloaded from the App Store

First, to uninstall an app that you’ve downloaded from the App Store, follow these simple steps:

  1. Launch the Launchpad on your MacBook. This will provide you with an overview of all installed applications.
  2. Press and hold any app. The apps will start to ‘jiggle’, and an ‘X’ will appear next to the ones you can delete. These are the apps downloaded from the App Store.
  3. To delete an app, simply click on the ‘X’. For instance, to delete Garageband, click on the ‘X’, and then confirm your decision by clicking Delete. Poof! 🌬️ Just like that, the app is permanently removed from your MacBook.

Deleting Apps installed from the Internet

To remove apps installed from the Internet using your browser, take the following steps:

  1. Open the Finder application on your MacBook.
  2. Look for the tab that says Applications and click on it.
  3. All your downloaded applications, similar to what you saw on the Launchpad, will be displayed.
  4. To delete an app, like Microsoft Teams for example, either right-click on the app and move it to Trash, or simply drag the app to the Trash.
  5. A password prompt for your admin account will appear. After entering the password, your app will move to the Trash. Remember, the app isn’t completely deleted yet. 🗑️
  6. To fully delete the app, empty your Trash. A warning will appear, stating you can’t undo this action. If you’re sure, proceed to Empty the Trash.

Be Aware of App Subscriptions

A crucial point to note: deleting an app doesn’t delete your subscription to that app.📝 So, if you have a subscription on the app you’ve deleted, ensure to separately cancel it either on the app’s website or within the app itself prior to deleting. This prevents unnecessary charges from an unused subscription.

Conclusion: 🏁

There you have it! You now know how to delete apps on your MacBook in two different ways. Be it apps from the App Store or those installed from the internet, this guide has got you covered. Remember to always check for active subscriptions before deleting any app. Happy organizing! 🥳


To delete apps from a MacBook, you can move the app to the Trash or use the Finder’s ‘Delete Immediately’ function.

The Finder is a default application in macOS used for navigating and organizing your files.

No, deleting applications on a MacBook does not require any additional software.

You can delete most apps, but some system apps required by macOS cannot be deleted.

Some apps, like Safari or Mail, are essential parts of macOS and can’t be removed.

When you delete an app, its associated data might also be deleted unless the app has a specific back-up or cloud storage service.

If the deleted app was downloaded from the App Store, you can re-download it from there. If it’s a system app, you may need to reinstall macOS.

After sending an app to the Trash, empty the Trash to ensure all app files are deleted.

‘Delete Immediately’ is a Finder function that deletes the selected files or apps without sending them to the Trash.

After selecting an item in the Finder, press Option-Command-Delete to ‘Delete Immediately’. Be cautious, as there is no recovery from this action.

Yes, it is safe as long as you know that you no longer need the app and its associated data.

Yes, deleting apps you no longer need can free up storage space on your MacBook.

You can use the ‘Storage Management’ tool in ‘About This Mac’ to see how much space each app is using.

Yes, you can delete apps from the Launchpad by clicking and holding the app until it shakes, then clicking the ‘X’ button.

Some pre-installed apps may be deleted, but others, like system apps, cannot be removed.

No, you don’t need to restart your MacBook after deleting an app, though in some cases it might be beneficial to do so.

No, deleting an app will not cancel associated subscriptions. To cancel subscriptions, you have to go to the subscription settings.

If there is no ‘X’ button when an app icon jiggles in the Launchpad, it’s possible the app can’t be deleted through this method.

Yes, the MacBook has something similar to a recycle bin called the ‘Trash’, but once you empty it, files cannot be restored.

Right-click on the Trash icon in your Dock and select ‘Empty Trash’.

If you don’t empty the Trash, the deleted files will still occupy storage space on your MacBook.

If you accidentally deleted an app and haven’t emptied the Trash, you can restore it by dragging it out of the Trash. If the Trash has been emptied, you may need to re-download the app.

Yes, you can set up ‘Remove items from the Trash after 30 days’ under Finder Preferences.

Yes, you can delete multiple apps at once. Use Shift-click or Command-click to select multiple apps in the Finder, then send them to the Trash or ‘Delete Immediately’.

Some apps require administrator permissions to be deleted. Entering your Apple ID password grants these permissions.

You can see a list of your installed apps in ‘Applications’ in Finder, or Launchpad.

Yes, you can delete an app directly from the ‘Applications’ folder by sending it to the Trash or using ‘Delete Immediately’.

No, you cannot delete an app while it’s running. You first need to close the app.

No, once an app is deleted, it will no longer receive updates from the App Store.

If you can’t delete an app, ensure it’s not running and that you have the necessary permissions. If problems persist, contact Apple Support.