One of the unfortunate side effects of being a certified Apple watcher and Macoholic is the growing number of apps on my Mac. I try to be judicious and selective, but few of the dozens of apps I try each month get permanent status.
How do I delete apps from my Mac that I no longer want? There are many ways; some easy, some convoluted, some free, some not so much. The problem with removing an app on the Mac is you don’t know where all the support files are located. There’s an app for that.
My favorite is also the most expensive and the most thorough. CleanApp tracks where Mac apps put their files so a few clicks does the deed and removes the app, support files, preferences, etc.
I don’t know of another Mac uninstaller that is as thorough or has as many features to justify the price tag. CleanApp also runs various macOS maintenance scripts, and it scans for empty folders, orphaned files, duplicates, and even old iOS backups.
The only negative is the list of features and functions which can be daunting if all you want to do is remove a Mac app and most of it’s files.
For that I recommend AppCleaner. This is about as easy as it gets. Drag and drop. AppCleaner scans for apps associated with the app you want to delete, gives you various options, and then sends files to the Trash.
There is much to like about AppCleaner. It’s free. It’s drop dead easy to use. And it gives just the basic options. For example, the file location is clearly visible, as is the file’s size. Click the Search icon to the right and it opens the location in the Finder.
The example app I used in AppCleaner is a new Mac app that uninstalls files. The app is called Omni Remover or OmniUninstaller (the app says OmniUninstaller and the website says Omni Remover). The latest version is 1.0.0 but the app itself says 0.9.9.
It didn’t matter Omni-Remover-Uninstaller crashed every time I dropped an app onto it. Two Macs. Many times. So, I used an uninstaller to uninstall the uninstaller.