That means we clutter up our Macs with applications we try out for awhile, but may not need or keep. How do you get rid of unwanted apps on your Mac? Apple doesn’t put an uninstaller into OS X, so what’s a red, white, and blue bona fide Mac fan boy to do?
Clean And Delete To The Mac
Mac users can choose from nearly a dozen uninstaller apps which claim to find all those associated app files cluttering up Preferences and Application Support folders.
The two I like best are drag and drop simple, could not be much easier to use (unless they automatically deleted apps you didn’t use after six months– the Six Month Rule).
The first is called AppDelete which also has a less expensive baby brother app which requires some manual effort to delete or uninstall unwanted Mac apps.
Let’s look at AppDelete first. Find an app you want to uninstall, and drag the app’s icon from the Applications folder in the Finder to AppDelete (or, to the AppDelete icon in the Dock).
AppDelete looks for related files in Preference, Application Support and elsewhere, then gives you a list of the files. Select what you want to delete and hit the Delete button. Done.
Not bad, right? AppDelete finds files which should be uninstalled when you delete an app, but gives you control over which files to delete. You know, just in case.
For a few dollars less, as in free, there’s AppCleaner which looks and works in a similar manner. Find an app in the Applications folder that you want to uninstall, drag it to AppCleaner, check the files it finds, then click the Delete button.
Not bad, right? AppCleaner is free but since we all know there’s no such thing as a free lunch, there must be a catch, too.
AppCleaner does not have a direct download link. Instead, you’re encouraged to signup to PlayHive to be able to download AppCleaner– an added step that puts more personal information into the hands of yet another online party (so you don’t know where it ends up). Fortunately, I found a link on MacUpdate which does a direct download of AppCleaner, and bypasses the PlayHive signup process.