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How To Completely Remove Mac Applications – AppCleaner

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How To Completely Remove Mac Applications – AppCleaner

When deleting applications off of your Mac, it’s not as simple as dragging the application into the trash can. A lot of times there will be random associated files that remain on your hard drive.

AppCleaner from the guys over at Freemacsoft, is the tool that I use to make sure all of the files from a deleted application are removed from my hard drive.


Note: the icon for most programs is actually a bit of an illusion. What you’re seeing on the hard drive is an application package, a folder full of items including the executable program code and supporting files. When a package is labelled with the .app extension, it appears as a single, launchable icon in the Finder. If you’re curious what’s inside, right-click (or control-click) on the icon and select Show Package Contents.

Free Up Hard Drive Space

One of the benefits of deleting all of the associated files of an application is to make sure you are making the most out of your hard drive space. If you are having difficulty cleaning up your mac this is a good place to start.

How To Remove Apps With AppCleaner

  1. First, go to the Freemacsoft website and download and install the AppCleaner application (It is completely free).
  2. Once you have downloaded the application, open it up and you will see the interface.


Drag an application that you are wanting to completely remove into the AppCleaner interface. You will now see all of the applications associated files.

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To delete the files just click the remove button in the lower right-hand corner of the interface. It will send all of these files to the trashcan and you can just go there and empty the trashcan!

Here is a video tutorial showing you how to use AppCleaner

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