Uninstall Apps on macOS Using AppCleaner

John John (304)
5 minutes

Uninstalling unused applications is good practice for a number of reasons. First, it allows you to free up valuable space on your hard drive. Second, many applications run background processes that you may not even be aware of, claiming valuable CPU cycles.

Removing specific applications like TotalFinder are sometimes tedious and not straightforward. That said, there are some universal methods for software uninstallation that almost always work.

Fortunately, some applications are easy to uninstall—especially those that ship with an uninstaller. For apps that don't, you can try to safely delete the app using AppCleaner.

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You can find AppCleaner and download instructions here.

Use AppCleaner to safely delete apps from macOS.

Once AppCleaner is installed you can open in Finder or type cmd + space bar to open Spotlight then search for AppCleaner.

AppCleaner removes multiple files associated with an app.

One way to do this is to open Finder then go to Applications. With both Finder and AppCleaner visible on your screen, just drag the app icon from Finder into AppCleaner.

Clicking "Remove" will prompt you for your password. After you enter your password, AppCleaner will delete the application files so be sure you are ready for it.

See if your battery needs to be replaced.
1 minute

Because your MacBook is so important for all that you do in a day, it is important to take good care of your Mac battery, monitor your Mac's battery health, and check the cycle count of your Mac's battery when to determine if your Mac needs a new battery. This might sound like a lot of maintenance, but checking your Mac's cycle count is an easy way to determine if your Mac needs a new battery, and it's actually incredibly simple. A battery's maximum cycle count is how many charge cycles your Mac can complete before the battery is no longer able to perform and will need replacing. In this guide, I show you how to check your Mac battery's cycle count and determine if your battery needs to be replaced.