The Ultimate Guide to Deleting Mac Apps

Cannot delete an app from your Mac? Or you want to fully remove some programs along with the leftover files? This article provides you with 4 methods to get apps property removed from Mac.

Problem: I bought a 128G MacBook in 2013. It worked well without any storage problem in the beginning years. But recently, I found the Mac disk space was always full although I’ve moved almost all my photos, videos, and documents to the iCloud.

Apps Take Almost Up To 50GB on My Mac
Apps Take Almost Up To 50GB on My Mac

Mac storage usage bar showed the apps is almost taking up to 50GB. I have no choice but to look for ways to uninstall rarely-used and unwanted apps to slim down my computer for a good system healthy. As a result, I collected 4 methods which I think would be very helpful.

  1. Long-Click to Delete Using LaunchPad
  2. Drag-and-drop from Application to Trash
  3. Manually delete app leftover
  4. Third-party app

Long-Click to delete apps through LaunchPad

This is a way just like that of you delete an app on the iPhone. This way is fast but it is only suitable to delete apps that you downloaded from the Mac App Store.

  1. Click LanuchPad and find the app you want to delete
  2. Click and hold the app icon until it wiggles
  3. Click the “X” to delete the app and confirm.

Drag-and-drop apps from the Application to Trash

Drag-and-Drop to Trash is a people-often-used method to remove files on the Mac computer. And if you want to remove a program on a Mac, just simply drag and drop its original app file to Trash bin from the Application folder.

  1. Go to the Applications folder thought the Spotlight
  2. Search the app you are going to remove
  3. Direct drag and drop it to the Trash folder
  4. Empty the Trash to permanently delete it from your Mac

Manually Delete App Leftovers

Both the above ways won’t remove app leftovers like caches and preference files to fully clean the storage space of your hard drive.

Actually, while installing and using an app, its temporary files, caches, cookies, downloaded documents, or similar files may be generated into some Mac folders, including

  • ~/Library
  • ~/Library/Application Support
  • ~/Library/Application Support/CrashReporter
  • ~/Library/Caches
  • ~/Library/Containers
  • ~/Library/LaunchAgents
  • ~/Library/Preferences
  • ~/Library/PreferencePanes

And the below folders may also store the app leftover files if you installed the app using APK installer or the app required admin privileges when first running on Mac.

  • /Library/Extensions
  • /Library/LaunchAgents
  • /Library/LaunchDaemons
  • /Library/PreferencePanes
  • /Library/Preferences

To manually delete leftovers, just follow the below steps,

You may mistakenly delete some important files in this way if you don’t know much about technique skills. So we list this method in the end.

  1. Shut down the app you are going to remove. Make sure the app stops all processes in Activity Monitor, or you may not completely remove its leftovers.
  2. Go to each of the above folders we mentioned above
  3. Search the name of the app to find its leftovers.
  4. Drag and drop all the leftover files to the Trash Bin and empty them.

Use Third-Party Mac App Uninstaller

Mac app uninstallers will help you easily pick out the old/large programs with leftover files to have a quick and complete erase. Besides, it will be safer than the way of your manually deleting.

Some of these third-party apps will provide you an easy-to-use interface, with which you can drag an app to know all its related files. And you can easily remove all your selected files by 1 click.

Can’t delete the app because It is Open? Get solution!

Sometimes you may get an error saying “Can’t delete the app because It is Open”. Actually, this means the app process is still running in the background so that you can’t remove it. To fix this problem, you should go to the Activity Monitor to stop the process.

  1. Use Spotlight to search Activity Monitor.
  2. Select the CPU tap and find the app that you can’t delete.
  3. Double-click the app and then quit it.
  4. If it pops up a window asking you whether to force quit, just force quit it.
  5. Now you can delete the app successfully.

How to Fix “No Android Device Found” Error on Mac [7 Tips Included]

Get “No android device found” error when using Android file transfer app on Mac? Get 7 tips here to fix it.

Android has changed our way of life by improving the status of mobile phones from “just a phone” to “pocket personal computer”. With the advent of Android OS and small base processing chips with extraordinary computing capacity, now our phone is a camera, a pager, a typewriter USB based storage, and a telephone along with a fax facility (email) on a single board.

Imagine how frustrating it would be when, after recording a video of your favorite pet enjoying in the lawn, you come to your MacBook or an iMac to transfer the footage from your android device to your computer and your device is not mounting on your Apple Mac machine for file transfer and get an error of “No Android Device Found”.

No Android Device Found Error - Android File Transfer
No Android Device Found Error – Android File Transfer

In this article, we will guide you through to correctly mount your Android phone storage on the Mac machine to interchange the files between your Mac and Android devices. Besides, give you 7 tips to quickly fix the “No Android Device Found” error.

How to Correctly Mount Your Android Devices on Your Mac?

The original is better!

In order to connect your Android phone with the Apple Mac machine, you will require a USB cable compatible with your phone. Most of the new android phones have switched from mini-USB to C-type Connector. The rule of thumb is “Original is better”. So make sure you are using the original cable shipped with your phone while connecting it with your Apple Machine. Non-branded cheap USB cable off the shelf from the market is sometimes the first and foremost point of failure between the Apple machines and Android-based Phones.

Use Android File Transfer [AFT]

Unlike Microsoft Windows, Android phones do not mount on the Apple machine as a USB storage. Hence, an application is required to be installed on the Mac computer to make Android phone storage to be mounted well. And the official application provided by Android is Android File Transfer know as AFT.

Following are the steps on how to connect your Android device with your Apple Mac Machine and how to transfer your files from Android device to Mac Book or an iMac;

  1. Install AFT on your Apple machine by downloading the package from Android project website and open the package and drop the AFT application to the Application folder
  2. Connect your Android device to your Apple machine using the original standard USB cable provided with your phone.
  3. Once plugged in, the phone will prompt to select the connection type. Based on the Android version, the connection type can be “Charge only”, “USB File sharing” or Media transfer mode i.e.  Media Transfer Protocol (MTP) for pictures and videos only.
  4. In case of a successful connection, the Android File Transfer Application will launch and display the content of your Android Device Storage.

In case of failed connection, the AFT application will open a dialogue box saying “Android Device not connected” or. “No Android Device found”. There can be many reasons for this error. The following steps can be taken in order to fix this issue.

7 Tips to Fix “No Android device found” Issue on Mac

1. Use original cable

Make sure you are using original cable and cable is plugged in properly on both ends.

2, Select the file transfer mode

2. If the cable is working fine and it is creating a successful connection between Universal Serial Bus of your Apple machine and Android device, it will invoke a prompt on your Android device to select the connection type; make sure to select the file transfer mode.

3. Check whether the cable is working

To confirm if the cable is working fine or not you can follow these easy steps;

Check whether your android phone well connected to Mac
Check whether your android phone well connected to Mac
  • Click on the Apple Logo in the top left corner of your screen on your computer > About This Mac
  • Go to Overview > System Report > Hardware > USB option.
  • In the information pane, you will find the list of devices connected to USB bus 3.0  under the label of USB Device Tree if the identifier (usually the make of your android device) of your device is present the hardware connection has been established if there is no identifier for the Android device change the USB cable and USB port on Apple Machine and re-launch the system report

4. Trust the computer

Few phones with the blend of their own security feature can have an additional check of “Do you trust this computer”, make sure to check ‘Yes’. This will invoke the Android file transfer application automatically because the parent process to this connection is the Launch process of OSX.

5. Allow the AFT installed

If AFT is not launching make sure to allow this application in the security tab of Apple device, in order to do so follow these simple steps;

Allow apps installed on Mac
Allow apps downloaded and installed on Mac
  • Go to system preferences > Security & Privacy.
  • Allow the installation of third-party applications.
  • If the AFT application is being blocked by the security make sure to allow it.
  • Exit the preferences and re-launch the Android File Transfer manually from the Application Menu.

6. Check for any logged errors.

If your device was previously connected to your Mac, follow the given steps and check for any logged errors;

  • Click on your finder and on the main taskbar select “Go” from the drop list
  • Select the ‘Go to folder’ option and type the following directory: /Users/ “your username”/Library/Logs/MTPViewer.
  • In the folder you will find MTPViewer Log and MTPAgent Log, copy both files to your desktop and open will text utility, MTPAgent log file will contain the specific error against your device. If no error found clear both log files for the directory mentioned above and try connecting your device again.

7. Other tips.

For the advance user who has android developer studio SDK installed on the Mac machine, if the error “No Android Device Found” occurs following steps can be time-saving;

  • Make sure the Version of Android developer studio SDK is compatible with your OS version.
  • Make sure that android_sdk/platform-tools/ are installed from the package. This will automatically install the MTP Agent for Android devices so that the device can connect to the file transfer app.

If you confirm that the USB Cable connectivity is working well and there is no error in the MTPAgent.Log, you can just open the activity monitor to quit the threads of the Android File Transfer app, and then relaunch it. This will fix the error of “No Android Device Found” and you will be able to transfer the files across.

Top 5 Best iOS System Recovery Software

Apple is well known for its high-quality iPhone and iPad devices. However, even Apple cannot immune to system issues happening on these devices. You know that each iOS update comes with complaints about the system bugs and issues, such as iPhone stuck problem and iTunes not connecting errors.

Actually it’s not rocket science to do a system recovery for some people who know well on technology and system knowledge. And it may spend only a few minutes to get the iOS system problem solved.

However, it may be different for you. Therefore, a handy tool will be a nice choice.

In this article, you will get 5 top best iOS system recovery programs that you can use to fix the iPhone and iPad system issues without requiring any tech skill.

Top 5  iOS system recovery software – No Technique Required

There are so many desktop-based system repair tools for iPhone and iPad. So I just listed some top ones that I think could be better than those I didn’t list. Notice that all these tools are commercial applications that are not free for all their features.

1. Tenorshare Reiboot

Tenorshare Reiboot
Tenorshare Reiboot

Reiboot by Tenorshare is a utility specially designed for iPhone system repair. With this tool, you can easily fix more than 150+ system issues you may face on Apple devices (Apple TV is also included).

The advantage of Reiboot is that it’s free of charge to fix iPhone stuck in recovery mode (support.apple.com/iphone/restore error). And it’s fully compatible with the latest iOS 14 beta. That means, this tool also works if you get system issues while or after updating to the new betas.

2. iMyFone Fixppo

iMyFone Fixppo
iMyFone Fixppo

Fixppo is a professional iOS system recovery tool developed by iMyFone to help people get the iOS device system back to normal. And this product has been recommended by some famous tech sites like MacWorld and TechAdvisor.

Similar to Reiboot, Fixppo is also be used to help you get the device out of system stuck or connect problems when you want to sync, update, restore, and backup your iPhone and iPad. Moreover, the free edition also contains the feature of 1-click enter & exit Recovery Mode.

3. iMobie AnyFix

AnyFix iOS System Recovery
AnyFix iOS System Recovery

AnyFix is a brand-new iOS system repair tool developed by iMobie. With this tool, you can easily fix most of the iPhone, iPad and iTunes issues, including iPhone disable, iPhone won’t turn on, iPad screen frozen, iTunes won’t connect, and so on.

Just like Reiboot, AnyFix is also working on the computer and requires you to connect your devices first to start the fix process. What makes AnyFix different is its unique interface and longest 60-day money-back guarantee.

4. Dr.Fone – System Repair (iOS)

DrFone iOS System Repair
DrFone iOS System Repair

Wondershare Dr.Fone is an all-in-one solution for iOS and Android users to recover data, transfer data, repair systems, etc. And its System Repair tool plays a role to fix system issues for its users. For iOS system recovery, this tool offers two modes – the Standard Mode and the Advanced Mode, which similar to the above software.

And the Standard Mode is used to fix 20 common issues like device stuck on the back screen, Apple logo, or Recovery Mode. And if you cannot fix using the Standard Mode, the Advanced Mode may be helpful, but this mode has a disadvantage that is all your data will be erased. (Just like a factory resetting)

5, TunesKit iOS System Recovery

TunesKit iOS System Recovery
TunesKit iOS System Recovery

Tuneskit iOS System Recovery is another program to reset your iOS system to normal. And it can fix 30+ iOS issues. If you connected your device to this tool, you’ll find it just like a copy of Dr.Fone System Repair because both of them have the same recovery modes, will also require you to download firmware.

Conclusion (My personal take)

The theory behind all these iOS system recovery programs is almost the same actually. Most of the programs will reset your device to factory resetting and then restore your device to the latest firmware with the backup data.

For my personal take, I like AnyFix more because of its unique and easy-to-use interface, although the test results showed that the Reiboot and Fixppo were more stable to download firmware than others.

Wi-Fi Not Working in macOS Sierra, Mojave or Catalina? 4 Solutions

4 easy methods to quickly fix your Wi-Fi connect issues on your macOS Catalina, Mojave or Sierra.

Two years ago, I got a new MacBook Pro. It works well and perfect, but I found a confusing issue after my mac waking up from sleep mode, it cannot connect to the Wi-Fi network. Strange it was showing full signal on the Wi-Fi icon on the top right bar of the screen. But keep “Looking for Networks…”. And I finally fixed it by deleting the Wi-Fi preferences file.

After googling this MacBook Wifi problem online, find this problem also happened on the new macOS Catalina system.

So confused, why not Apple takes it seriously and fixes this Wi-Fi problem? Here, I’d like to share some methods to fix these Wi-Fi problems.

Methods to Fix Wi-Fi Issues on MacBooks

1. Re-connect Wi-Fi on Mac

Someones tried and found this Wi-Fi issue can be easily fixed by turning Wi-Fi off and then turning it on. But it didn’t work on my issue.

2. Restart MacBook

I followed some tutorial to restart my Mac to fix my Wifi issue. But it worked temporarily, and went into the same issue after Sleep Mode which makes me crazy!

3. Delete Wi-Fi preferences files

After turning off Wi-Fi, I went to the folder named SystemConfiguration by using Finder. The path is “/Library/Preferences/SystemConfiguration/”.

Wi-Fi issues on MacBook
Wi-Fi issues on MacBook

You can get the same window by using shortcut “Command+Shift+Go” or Finder > Go > Go to Folder…

On the folder, I deleted the preference files I list as below.

Delete Wifi Preference Files
Delete wifi preference files

After, I followed to restart my MacBook and turn on Wi-Fi. And finally, my Wi-Fi issue on My MacBook Pro was solved. Thank God!

Note:

Before deleting, I backed up some important data from my device to a portable drive since I don’t know what’s going to happen on my Mac. I’ve experienced data loss on my device before.  And for data secure, you are suggested to do a back also.

4. Start in Safe Mode to fix “Wi-Fi doesn’t work” on macOS Catalina

Apple replied to users to start their device in Safe Mode to fix the Wi-Fi problems. And this seems work.

To start up your Mac in safe mode, you should

Restart your Mac, and then press and hold “Shift” on your keyboard until the Apple logo appearing. After you release the key, you can log into your Mac and try to connect Wi-Fi. If you can connect, then just leave the safe mode by restarting your device without pressing any key.

Top 5 Move to iOS Alternative Apps to Transfer Data from Android to New iPhone iPad

Move to iOS app didn’t work, and you are considering a replacement? Read this post to get 5 top best Move to iOS Alternative apps that we collected since 2018.

You may think that you can move everything from your Android phone to the new iPhone 11 (Pro) or the new iPad using Move to iOS app, and you think it will be the best app to transfer data from Android to iPhone. But after trying it out, you found this app was so complex to use or even didn’t work?

Move to iOS app ratings and reviews
Move to iOS app ratings and reviews

 

In fact, the users’ rating for Move to iOS is not so good – it got only 3 stars of average ratings on Google Play.

To 1-Click migrate data from Android to iPhone iPad, you may need a Move to iOS similar app.

Top 5 Move to iOS Alternative Apps

We collected 5 professional Android to iPhone transfer tools that you can take as replacements of Move to iOS.  There are easy-to-use and they enable you to move data from an Android device to an iOS device in only 1 click.

  1. AnyTrans
  2. Dr.Fone
  3. Syncios Mobile Data Transfer
  4. MobileSync
  5. MOBILedit Phone Copier

1. AnyTrans for iOS

AnyTrans by iMobie could be a perfect Move to iOS alternative to help you to migrate photos, music, videos, contacts, and other files from android to iPhone by 1 Click.

Besides move data to the iPhone from an Android device, this app is able to copy your selected data to the iPhone from an iTunes backup, from iCloud, and even from another iPhone.

Supported Data Types

Contacts, Photos, Music, Videos, Books, Messages, Call Logs, Ringtones, and Files.

Supported iPhone

iPhone 3GS to iPhone XS (Max ), iPhone XR, iPhone 11 (Pro)

2. Dr.Fone – Switch

Dr.Fone (Switch) by Wondershare is one of best phone transfer apps that you can use as Move to iOS similar app. Its neat and simple interface helps you easily put your important data like photos, messages, and contacts between Android and iOS within a few clicks.

With good compatibility for Android models, you can take it to transfer data to your new iPhone iPad from various android brands like Samsung, HTC, Google Pixel, Huawei, LG, Motorola, and so on.

Supported DataType:

Contacts, Calendar, Photos, Songs and Videos.

Supported iPhone:

iPhone 3GS to iPhone XS, iPhone XS Max, iPhone XR and iPhone 11 (iOS 13).

3. Syncios Phone Transfer

This mobile data transfer program developed by Syncios is another data transfer app working on Windows and Mac. Similar to Dr.Fone Switch, it’s also specially developed for phone-to-phone transferring.

Being compatible with a large number of Android models, this app will be another helper for people who want to move data from Android to iPhone.

Move to iOS similar app - SynciOS
Move to iOS similar app – SynciOS

Supported DataType:

Contacts, Messages, Photos, Videos, Songs, Call Log, and Bookmarks.

Supported iPhone:

iPhone 3GS to iPhone XS, iPhone XS Max, and iPhone XR.

4. MobileSync

MobileSync by Aiseesoft is another program people can use to transfer data between Android and iPhone. Just like SynciOS, PhoneCopy also runs on a computer and requires you to connect devices using Cables.

MobileSync
MobileSync – Move to iOS Alternative

Besides transfer data between phones, it also has the ability to backup your data to computer and manager your data by deleting, classify, etc.

Supported DataType:

Contacts, Photos, Videos, Songs, and Ringtones.

Supported iPhone:

iPhone 3GS to iPhone XS, iPhone XS Max, and iPhone XR.

MOBILedit Phone Copier ($9.9)

Phone Copier is one of the professional Phone To Phone Data Transfer Software that is available for people who want to transfer between two smartphones. For Android to iOS switchers, this app can move contacts, messages, calendars, and media files. After installing this app on both of your phones, you can begin your transfer between them in Bluetooth.

MOBILedit - Move to iOS Alternative 2020
MOBILedit Phone Copier – Move to iOS Alternative 2020

Supported DataType:

Contacts, Messages, Calendar, and Media files.

Supported iPhone:

(Unknown)

Last, if there is some freeway of migrating data between phones, please don’t hesitate to comment on my post to share it. This would be very helpful.