With frequent backups and continual upgrades, technology nowadays requires almost as much upkeep as a house. If you see the dreaded “Startup disc is almost full” window every time you boot up your Mac, or an excessive number of update alerts for apps you don’t even use, it’s definitely time for a cleanse.
There are a lot of items that might be taking up space on your Mac and causing it to operate slowly, but before you start deleting your favourite photographs, music, and movies, try removing those apps you know you’ll never use in.
Whether it’s the trial you didn’t purchase or the software you got for that one work-from-home day last year, these apps might be running in the background or automatically upgrading without your knowledge. Even if they aren’t causing you any problems, those regular update alerts are vexing. Uninstalling these applications is as pleasant as cleaning the dust off your bookshelves, and it’s frequently just as simple.
Deleting an app which is equivalent with uninstalling it will free up the majority of the space it is using up on your computer. However, bear in mind that some apps, such as Microsoft Office and Adobe, may continue to save significant quantities of data on your Mac even after you uninstall them.
According to MacPaw, dragging a app into the Trash simply removes the.app file, not the data it has previously saved on your Mac (including settings, logins, and licenced files). Going the additional mile to delete this saved data will allow you to clear up even more space on your PC.
Some programmes, such as Adobe, have specialised uninstallers, which can be found incorporated within the app or downloaded separately from the manufacturer’s website. For those who don’t, you may either manually delete files from your Library or use a third-party application like CleanMyMac to entirely remove them.
Three methods for manually uninstalling applications on a Mac computer are as follows :-
- Locate the applications you want to delete in “Launchpad,” then click and drag each one into the trash can icon in your Dock. When you’re finished, open Trash and click the “Empty” button in the upper right corner.
- In your Dock, navigate to “Launchpad” and choose the app you want to remove. Hold your cursor over the app until a “X” appears in the icon’s corner. To remove the app, click the “X.” Each app that may be deleted will have a “X” next to it, so go through and delete any others you want to get rid of. When you’re finished, leave deletion mode by clicking anyplace on the screen that isn’t occupied by an app icon.
- Locate and open the “Applications” folder in the Finder’s “Go” menu. Select all of the applications you want to remove, then right-click and choose “Move to Trash” from the drop-down menu. Remember to clear your Trash after you’re finished.