As a general rule, to uninstall programs on a Mac you should drag its icon to the Trash. This is what Apple recommends and the mechanism included in the company’s computers by default, but it is not really the best way to do it and even with some programs it is impossible to do so.
The reason is that doing it this way leaves orphaned files on the operating system . Files that save the configuration you had in the deleted software, that save the user license, cache files, configuration remains, etc, etc… The problem is that over time these files accumulate, taking up space on the hard disk or SSD and making the computer run slower and slower and even causing different types of crashes.
That’s why I like to recommend the use of uninstallers to avoid this situation and I want to talk about the one that, for me, is the best you can find at the moment: CleanMyMac X. The advantage of using it is that when uninstalling applications on a Mac with it, all the software files scattered around the computer will be removed, there won’t be any leftovers that in the long run can cause problems of different types and also take up disk space uselessly.
The best way to uninstall applications on a Mac (remove programs)
How to use CleanMyMac X to completely delete programs on a Mac is really simple and we explain it below.
1.- The first thing you have to do is open CleanMyMac X and access the utility Uninstaller that you can find in the menu on the left side of the software.
Once inside the utility, the software will show you a listing of all the programs installed on your iMac, MacBook, Mac Mini or Mac Pro. Search the list for the one(s) you want to uninstall and check the box next to it.
3.- Finally, click on the Uninstall button at the bottom centre of the application window to launch the complete and secure uninstall process of the selected applications.
Now you only have to wait a few seconds for the program and all the files that are spread out on the storage system to be completely deleted and that you will no longer need when you delete the software.
When you hover your mouse over any of the installed apps and click on the Show button that appears, the CleanMyMac X uninstaller will show you the complete list of files it will delete and their current location. Thanks to this feature you can realize the amount of files that would be “orphaned” in case of uninstalling programs simply by dragging them to the trash. In the following image I show you an example with the 1Password application, if you simply drag the icon to the Trash the only file that would be deleted is the one in the Binary category, leaving the others distributed in the system folders.
It has always been said that uninstalling programs on a Mac is as easy as dragging them to the Trash and in a way this is true, although if you want to keep your operating system clean and optimized for longer it is highly recommended to use uninstallers like the one mentioned above . Of course, CleanMyMac X is not the only software of this type, there are other options that are also very valid, although personally I think this is one of the safest options and also includes additional functions that are very useful for maintenance tasks of any Mac. I think this is one of the most secure options, and it also includes additional features that are very useful for maintenance of any Mac.
The exception: uninstallers for some applications
What I explained in the previous point applies to practically all Mac applications, but unfortunately I cannot say that it is 100%. There are some cases where it is necessary to resort to the application’s own uninstaller because of how its developers have created the software.
Some of the most obvious examples are Adobe’s Creative Suite applications such as Photoshop, Premiere or Lightroom among others, but also software from other developers such as Microsoft’s Office suite or some games.
In these cases it is necessary to use the uninstaller that these applications integrate in the Mac computers where they are installed. The reason is that during installation they save files in very sensitive parts of the system and this makes removing them completely very complex. So much so, that even the official uninstaller itself will not be able to remove all traces of them, although it is still the best available option to clean up most of the files scattered around the system folders.