Apple makes it drop dead easy to delete apps on iPhone and iPad. Tap and hold the app’s icon, wait for the shaking to begin and the little X in the upper left corner to appear. Tap the X, the app disappears. You can do the same thing on the Mac, but it does not work the same way.
Let’s say you don’t like CNN because fake news. I say, watch it anyway because not all news is fake, and most of what seems to be fake is just opinion anyway. The same goes for Fox News. Sure, there is plenty of one-sided opinion and misinformation, but this is the 21st century. Misinformation reigns and no place is a harbor for truth.
Take Business Insider. Please. This huge digital rag was started by, among others, Henry Blodget, accused by authorities of investment fraud and banned from the securities industry. The daily headlines alone tell the tale of an online publication more interested in capturing eyeballs than providing accurate and useful information.
How to uninstall apps on your Mac computer in 3 different ways, and remove their stored data
Mac apps can be deleted the same was as apps on iPhone or iPad, but there is a problem to recognize, especially when storage space is a premium.
Keep in mind that some apps like Microsoft Office and Adobe programs could actually be storing large amounts of files on your Mac even after you delete them.
These files are scattered all over your Mac and when you drag an app to the Trash can all that gets deleted is the app itself; none of its data files, support files, preference files, or anything else it left behind. The article walks through three options to uninstall Mac apps, but also provides links in the article to buy new products. There is also an option to buy CleanMyMac X, an app that does a better job deleting apps and their residue and cruft.
I have other options. Better reviews, more stars, less money.
You could start at the top with MacCleanse for $2.50 a month– the subscription craze has gone crazy– or go back in time and get CleanApp (I think it’s no longer under development), or latch onto the infamous MacKeeper, considered by the developer to be the #1 utility (checkout the price tag before you download the app; you’ll thank me later as this app is never recommended).
iTrash – Applications distribute several files throughout your system storage devices. Deleting an application itself is mostly not enough and will leave files untouched. iTrash uses a special search algorithm to find all related files and deletes them when asked.
iTrash is good for the money.
AppDelete – AppDelete is an uninstaller for Macs that will remove not only Applications but also Widgets, Preference Panes, Plugins, and Screensavers along with their associated files. Without AppDelete these associated items will be left behind to take up space and potentially cause issues.
AppDelete is good and priced right.
AppCleaner – Installing an application distributes many files throughout your System using space of your Hard Drive unnecessarily. AppCleaner finds all these small files and safely deletes them.
AppCleaner works well and is free.
See? Alternatives abound whenever the website reviewer isn’t trying to make money from readers.