AppCleaner is the uninstaller that Apple forgot to include with macOS. It allows you to.completely. remove any application from your Mac. This includes the. AppCleaner’s drag and drop method of deleting applications is easy, but the app offers an even easier way to delete applications: SmartDelete. To turn this feature on: Open AppCleaner. CCleaner for Mac Rules - Explore what each option in the Mac OS X and Applications tabs and how you can customize it to fit your needs. CCleaner for Mac Settings - Learn about CCleaner for Mac's other options. Troubleshooting - If you're having a problem installing or running CCleaner for Mac.
What Is AppCleaner?
While the Mac OS X makes it easy to install apps and easy to discard them, simply moving apps to Trash bin doesn’t always provide the clean slate you need. AppCleaner for Mac is as close as you can get to a one-step solution that does more than toss unused apps in the Trash. Indeed, it deletes the files and data associated with the app in a total clean sweep. Just trashing still leaves a digital footprint of the app in the form of various support files on scattered all over your Mac.
Unlike most cleaning utilities, AppCleaner doesn’t focus on detecting malware, malfunctioning apps or software, and no-longer-needed downloads. Its main priority is uninstalling an app along with all of its associated files. AppCleaner lets you choose any specific app, locate all supporting data that is currently on your computer, and then remove it all with a single sweep.
AppCleaner offers easy-to-use, familiar to Mac users drag-and-drop approach to deleting apps along with these other important features:
- It’s fast and efficient
- It’s easy to learn and understand
- It deletes all app-related data simultaneously
- It lets you select apps from the list if drag-and-drop is not your thing
- Its Smart Delete option detects trashed apps data
- It offers advanced preferences that safeguards important apps from accidental deletion
- It lets you manage Widgets and Plugins the same way as you do with apps
AppCleaner is user friendly, clear-cut, and uncomplicated app with little to no downsides. However, it could still use a few quality-of-life tweaks. One of them would be an inclusion of “Select All” button when selecting the associated files.
By default, AppCleaner seems to uncheck the boxes next to the files located within the /var/ folder. It leaves the choice up to the user, yet you then have to select every folder manually, which is a minor inconvenience.
Also, AppCleaner will not locate leftover associated files from the apps that you have previously removed. Bummer.
Two Ways to Uninstall Using the AppCleaner App
There are two ways AppCleaner works its magic to help clean up your Mac.
- Drag unwanted apps to the AppCleaner window
- Select apps you want to remove from the list view
How to Delete an App Using AppCleaner
- Open AppCleaner
- Drag the unwanted app to AppCleaner window (or select it from the list)
- Make sure the boxes next to associated data are checked
- Click the Remove button to fully uninstall the application
After following these simple steps, the app you’ve selected, and its supporting data are deleted.
While you’d expect to pay a premium price for this hearty, robust app, it carries everyone’s favorite price tag $0.00. Yep! It’s free.
How to Uninstall Mac App Cleaner
If you decide the AppCleaner app isn’t for you, or if you’re just finished using it, you can manually delete it by following these steps:
- Quit the AppCleaner
- Go to the AppCleaner location (it varies depending on where you’ve unzipped the initial archieve)
- Drag the AppCleaner.app to Trash
Next, open Finder, press Shift+Command+G, copy and paste the directory ~/Library/Saved Application State, remove net.freemacsoft.AppCleaner.savedState folder. Continue by going to ~/Library/Preferences and moving the net.freemacsoft.AppCleaner.plist to Trash.
Is AppCleaner Safe?
AppCleaner for Mac is a great way to get rid of apps and software you no longer want, need, or use. It goes the extra mile by deleting the app itself, then freeing your Mac from lingering files and data associated with those components. It’s missing a few desirable features like locating leftover files of already deleted apps, yet it still holds its own by being simple, effective, and, of course, free.
Use Launchpad to delete an app
Launchpad offers a convenient way to delete apps that were downloaded from the App Store.
- To open Launchpad, click it in the Dock or open it from your Applications folder. You can also pinch closed with your thumb and three fingers on your trackpad.
- If you don't see the app in Launchpad, type its name in the search field at the top of the screen. Or swipe right or left with two fingers on your trackpad to show the next or previous page.
- Press and hold the Option (⌥) key, or click and hold any app until the apps jiggle.
- Click next to the app that you want to delete, then click Delete to confirm. The app is deleted immediately. Apps that don't show either didn't come from the App Store or are required by your Mac. To delete an app that didn't come from the App Store, use the Finder instead.
Deleting an app doesn't cancel any subscription you may have purchased with that app. Learn how to cancel subscriptions for apps that were downloaded from the App Store.
Use the Finder to delete an app
- Locate the app in the Finder. Most apps are in your Applications folder, which you can open by clicking Applications in the sidebar of any Finder window. Or use Spotlight to find the app, then press and hold the Command (⌘) key while double-clicking the app in Spotlight.
- Drag the app to the Trash, or select the app and choose File > Move to Trash.
- If you're asked for a user name and password, enter the name and password of an administrator account on your Mac. This is probably the name and password you use to log in to your Mac.
- To delete the app, choose Finder > Empty Trash.
To use an app again after deleting it, either reinstall it or restore it from a backup.
- To reinstall apps that were installed as part of macOS, reinstall macOS. This applies to apps such as Safari, iTunes, Books, Messages, Mail, Calendar, Photos, and FaceTime.
- You can also redownload apps, music, movies, TV shows, and books that were installed from the App Store, iTunes Store, or Apple Books.
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