Click on the app you don’t want, and drag it to the Trash. That works. It’s simple. It’s intuitive. It’s easy.
But it’s not the best way to relieve your Mac of all the extra files that apps install on your Mac (unlike Windows PCs, most Mac apps don’t come with an uninstaller). It’s not that those leftover files cause much damage. They take up space in Application Support folder in your user Library. And, most usually leave behind preference files in the Preferences folder.
Still, if what you’re after is a good, clean, pristine Mac, there’s an app for that. Actually, about a dozen. Here’s a look at the best free app deleter, and a very good app deleter at a nominal price.
First up is AppDelete. It’s drag and drop simple. Drag unwanted apps the the AppDelete window, and the app lists all the associated files and preferences for the app.
Check the files or folders you think should be deleted, and click the Delete button. Click the ARchive button and all those files are zipped up and saved (you know, just in case).
Considering that AppDelete costs just a few dollars, there are plenty of additional features besides deleting apps. It toggles visibility of your Mac’s Library folder and much more.
If you’re on a budget, and price is an object, there’s AppCleaner, which is free. It works similarly to AppDelete but has fewer features.
The difference between the two boils down to price, feature list, and thoroughness. AppDelete costs more, does more, and deletes more. AppCleaner costs less, does only the basic removal function, and misses more files that should be deleted.
Removing apps and their associated files can go to an even higher level with CleanApp, which, here it comes… costs more, does more, deletes more.