We’ve all downloaded an app and then decided that we don’t want to use it anymore. So what do you do? Just drag it to the trash and that's it, right? Nope. When you download and install an app, more often than not there are many more components that are installed than just the .app file in your applications folder – and dragging just the app to the trash doesn’t get rid of them. Let’s take a look at 5 of the best uninstaller apps for removing those leftover apps and files from your Mac.
AppDelete is a simple to use, yet very powerful uninstaller. Not only will it uninstall apps, but it can also handle widgets, preference panes, plugins, and screensavers along with their associated files. The interface is super easy-to-use yet offers a lot of flexibility. Looking at the screenshot below, you’ll see the launch window for AppDelete. In the upper right-hand corner, there are some icons that give you access to the app’s main functionality. The quick action gives you access to features that include looking for leftover files, a “Genius” search option that will find apps or files that haven’t been used in the last 6 months, a widget icon that allows you to search and remove installed widgets, and the “Applications” icon which allows you to search through the apps you have installed on your Mac and remove the ones you don’t want. The other option is to drag and drop apps and or files that you don’t want anymore onto the main app window to uninstall them. ($7.99)
AppCleaner allows you to uninstall apps and their related files. AppCleaner is a simple and easy-to-use app with two core functions that make it very powerful: The ability to drag and drop an app onto the main app window to uninstall it, and the ability to search through a list of your installed Applications and choose which ones that you want to uninstall from there. While AppCleaner doesn’t have all of the extra features as AppDelete, it does have the two main core functions – and best of all, it’s free! (Free)
iTrash is a simple and effective uninstaller that removes applications and their associated files from your Mac. Although it’s not shown initially, if you press the ⌘L (command-L) keys, you’ll open a window that allows you to search your mac for any applications, widgets, preference panes, plugins, lost files, launch daemons and agents that you might want to delete. This gives you a wide variety of results for apps and files that you can remove from your Mac. iTrash even managed to find and delete additional files that the other installers weren’t able to see! ($9.87)
CleanMyMac has a built-in uninstaller function, but it also is a full system cleaner. It’s included here in the Top 5 because the uninstaller in CleanMyMac is very powerful and does a great job at uninstalling more than one app at once. It’s also very nicely designed and operates smoothly – there’ve been times when I’ve easily uninstalled more than fifty apps at once, and it’s able to handle the task without breaking a sweat. Keep in mind that if you do decide to go with CleanMyMac, you’re getting much more than just an uninstaller, but a fully functional Mac maintenance tool. ($39.95)
App Uninstaller will make sure that when you uninstall an app, all traces of it are removed. You can also uninstall unneeded startup items, widgets, preference panes and other Mac extensions. Upon first launching App Uninstaller, you’ll see a detailed overview of how the app works and what you’re able to do with it, which is very informative and helpful. After the walkthrough is completed, you’ll be presented with a list of apps from the largest in size to the smallest. From there, you can easily uninstall anything that you may not have known was taking up a lot of space. ($9.99)
Bonus – AppZapper literally zaps your apps away! With a “zap” screen flash and laser gun noise confirming that you have zapped the app that you didn’t want, it takes app-uninstalling to a whole new level. In addition to the fancy zapping feature, AppZapper will also allow you to remove widgets, preference panes, and plugins from your Mac. You can view the size of apps, filter by when they were last used, and sort by name as well. The ability to sort apps by the date that you last used them is very useful in finding clutter on your Mac that you might have forgotten about – then you can then Zap it and be done with it! ($12.95)