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Deleting programs and apps on the Mac under macOS is super easy at first glance: Open the Applications folder and drag the icon of the corresponding software into the trash can. Then empty it, and the hard drive is freed from the deleted apps. Or? Not at all, because usually there are still various program remnants, directories and logs that do not take up too much space, but can fill up the memory as a whole. Who himself Clean My Mac do not want to buy, I recommend the as a free alternative AppCleaner.
AppCleaner is extremely easy to download and use. All you have to do is open up freemacsoft.net/appcleaner/ go, download the correct version for your operating system and you're good to go. The AppCleaner is saved in the download folder, by the way, but can be moved to other folders or to the desktop. To start you just have to double-click on the directory file. These three versions are available on the linked developer website:
Once you have started the AppCleaner, you will be greeted by a very simple window (see above), into which you can drag individual apps from the Applications folder. This does not delete them immediately, but instead shows you which files in which directories and folders are related to the software.
Alternatively, you can switch to the list view from the "Drag and Drop" option in the top right corner. This shows you the programs installed on the Apple Mac, iMac or MacBook you are using. Native apps that are connected to the Apple system are marked with a lock symbol. So you can't uninstall it. For all others, you just click on it, select the files that are to be deleted with the program files, and click on "Delete".
Anyone who, like me, has already run CleanMyMac no longer needs the tool, as CleanMyMac offers a function that also takes over this comprehensive uninstallation of programs. AppCleaner is free and therefore always my recommendation when someone asks me how they can get program XYZ from the disk. Especially people who come from Windows and miss the (mostly) complete deletion of programs and their directories using the built-in function in macOS will be satisfied with the presented app;)
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Jens has been running the blog since 2012. He appears as Sir Apfelot for his readers and helps them with problems of a technical nature. In his free time he drives electric unicycles, takes photos (preferably with his iPhone, of course), climbs around in the Hessian mountains or hikes with the family. His articles deal with Apple products, news from the world of drones or solutions for current bugs.