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.

No Pictures Or Videos Were Found On This Device in Windows 10, How to Fix?

Can’t import photos from iPhone to Windows 10 and get an issue of “No pictures or videos were found on this device”. Read this article to get the most proficient method to fix it.

You presumably might want to move photographs from the iPhone to Windows 10, but you run into the error “No pictures or videos were found on this device”.

Windows 10: No pictures and videos found on this device
Windows 10: No pictures and videos found on this device

This is an exceptionally regular issue that numerous iPhone users face while attempting to view iPhone photos on PC. If you are looking for the answer to this issue of can’t import the iPhone photos, you can follow this article to know 8 solutions.

Solution 1. Check the USB Cable for Any Damage

Ensure that your USB cable is working and that is liberated from dust. Moreover, check for any harm. In case you’re using an outsider cable you may just have the option to charge your device, however not move any files. If you have some other extra USB cable, you can also try it.

Damaged Apple USB cable
Damaged Apple USB cable

Solution 2. Set Your iPhone As a Trusted Device.

Before moving iPhone photos to Windows 10, ensure that you’ve unlocked your iOS device with your password, Touch ID, or Face ID, particularly if you’ve never connected it with your PC before. And your computer requires the authority to access your device to get the data.

Trusted This Computer
Trusted This Computer

Solution 3. Turn Passcode Off and Try Again

People reported this is an effective fix to get out of the trouble of “No pictures and videos were found on this device”.

  1. iPhone Settings > Touch ID & Passcode to Turn Passcode Off
  2. Reboot your iPhone and connect the iPhone to the computer.
  3. Explorer > Your iPhone > Right-click to import Photos again.
Turn Passcode Off
Turn Passcode Off

Solution 4. Rename “PreviouslyAcquired.db”

This is an old fix for the problem of Cameras not connecting PC. And some users said this also worked to fix iPhone connecting problem. If you want to have a try, you can go to C:\Users\[your user name]\AppData\Local\Microsoft to renamed PreviouslyAcquired.db to PreviouslyAcquired.db.old.

PreviouslyAcquired.db
PreviouslyAcquired.db

You may not get the AppData folder since it is a hidden system folder. So you should firstly unhide the folder and then to rename. To unhide, you should type folder in the search box on the taskbar, and then select Show hidden files and folders from the search results.

Solution 5. Install Apple Mobile Device Support

Apple Mobile Device Support
Apple Mobile Device Support
  1. iOS gadgets require Apple Mobile Device Support to be installed on your PC, and so as to check if this feature is installed do the accompanying:
  2.  Open the Control Panel. You can also search Control Panel in Type here to search option on bottom-left.
  3. After opening the Control Panel, click the Programs and Features option.
  4. A list will appear. Check for Apple Mobile Device Support.
  5. If the software isn’t installed on your PC, you’ve to uninstall iTunes, Apple Software Update, and then reinstall iTunes.

Solution 6. Install iTunes Apple Mobile Device USB Driver

Apple Mobile Device USB Driver
Apple Mobile Device USB Driver
  1. Connect your iPhone to your computer. If iTunes is running, close it.
  2. Open Device Manager. You can also search for it in Type here to search option on bottom-left.
  3. A list will open. Find iTunes Apple Mobile Device USB Driver on the list.
  4. If the Apple Mobile Device USB Driver isn’t accessible on the rundown, at that point you may have an issue with your USB port, so attempt an alternate port for at least 30 seconds. In the worst scenario, your iOS device probably won’t be good with chipset drivers, and you can try updating your chipset and motherboard drivers.

Solution 7. Regularly Check for New Updates

If you still can not import photos and videos from iPhone to your computer, you can try to redownload iTunes and update it to the latest version. Or update your iPhone to the latest iOS.  This may help you fix the error.

Solution 8. Transfer To Another Computer for Test

If everything else fails, you can attempt to interface your iPhone to another PC to check whether if it’s working fine. If the issue continues it implies that something isn’t right with your iPhone and you may need to contact an expert to fix that. By connecting your iPhone to another PC you can without much of a stretch analyze if the issue is identified with your PC, driver issue or if it’s an issue with your iPhone.

The Bottom Line

The above-mentioned are the most probable reasons due to which you might be facing the error “No pictures or videos were found on this device”. Check these solutions to import photos from iPhone to Windows 10 and get rid of your problem. If there is any question, be free to post it on the below section.

iPhone Says Voicemail is Full But There’s No Messages? How to Fix

It may sound absurd if your iPhone warns you that the Voicemail is 95% or 100% full, but actually, there is nothing or only several voicemails stored there. This article covers this voicemail problem, and gives the causes of this issue, as well as 4 proven ways to fix it.

iPhone pop-up warning says voicemail is 100% full
iPhone pop-up warning says voicemail is 100% full

A few people complained that the Phone app pops up a warning saying the voicemail was full but in fact, it wasn’t. And in this case, they couldn’t receive messages from their friends, family, and clients on the Phone app.

Even though they deleted all voicemails, the issue still existed.  Some of them have tried to seek help from Apple and the wireless network provider, such as ATT and Verizon, but still failed to get the issue solved.

Why does iPhone say the Voicemail is Full but actually there is no voicemail?

The delay of voicemail sync might be the reason why this voicemail problem occurs. And due to the network delay or Internet/server issue, what you’ve seen on your device (local) may not be synced correctly or quickly to the Voicemail Box on Network provider side. Or the iPhone failed to recognize the real voicemail storage space.

How the voicemail service work
How the voicemail service work – image credit from voice333.com

4 proven ways to fix “iPhone Voicemail Full” issue

After investigating to get the real causes from several related forums, such as Apple Discussion and Verizon Forum, we found there is only several ways are proven to be useful. All the ways below aim to solve the data synchronization issue between your device and the server online.

1. Firstly, restart your iPhone to clear all RAM on your device.

This operation will completely clear all activities on your device. And after a restart, your system will restart, and just launch your Phone app to see whether the voicemail goes to normal.

2. Make sure there is a strong signal on your iPhone.

Make sure the signal is strong enough to support the voicemail service to work. If you get a bad network connecting, you may get a sync delay from the Carrier side, and the device may keep getting the pop-up warning saying a full voicemail.

3. Reset the network settings on your iPhone.

This tip is told to be very useful to solve the issue. And it’s easy to do a network reset via Settings > General > Reset Network Settings.

Reset Network Settings on iPhone
Reset Network Settings on iPhone

This action will clear all login information related to Network, such as WiFi and VPN. So before you proceeding, be sure that you write down all the login info about WiFi and VPN.

4. Contact your network provider for help.

Getting help from your Network provider is the last choice while all above ways cannot work to solve your voicemail problem. And usually, they will give you some other tips. And you will also get some information from the network provider on whether there is a temporary voicemail service issue happening.

Top “Free” iPhone Backup Viewer to Access Contents on Your Secret Backup

Tested more than 10 apps to view the contents stored on iTunes and iCloud backup, and picked out these top free iPhone backup viewers. Enjoy!

iPhone Backup Viewer
iPhone Backup Viewer

There are so many so-called iPhone backup viewers. Each one looks the same by offering similar features and promising to help you easily get things from your iPhone backup on your computer or the Apple iCloud server.

But how can you get out the top best one to view the hidden pictures, contacts, messages and other files on the backup? With so many app reviews crowding on the Internet, it would be so hard to get it out.

In comeware.com, here we’ve reviewed more than 10 top iPhone backup viewing tools. And we picked out some top free ones to help you get the photos, messages, contacts, etc from iTunes backup and iCloud backup. Now let’s have a look at these cost-free iPhone backup browsing tools.

Note: Till now, we didn’t find any apps that could access the contents on iCloud backup. Besides, you can directly go to know how I started the app testing if you are interested in it.

Top Free iPhone Backup Viewers [2019 Updated]

The test results show there are 4 apps that you can use for free to browse the contents that stored on iPhone backup, including Joyoshare trial version, iMazing free trial, Dr.Fone free trial, iBackup Viewer.

This app list will be updated if there are some big changes, and we’ll remove anyone who charges for backup previewing.

Joyoshare iPhone Data Recovery Trail Version

Joyoshare is one of the excellent free iTunes backup viewers I found that people could use to access the contents and files from iTunes backup. This app runs on Windows and Mac to get all your iPhone backups saved on your computer, and help you preview and extract the contents on the backup compressed files.

And this could be very helpful if you don’t want to restore using the default method to spread out all files on your iPhone screen.

iPhone backup viewer - Joyoshare
Free iPhone backup viewer – Joyoshare

Supported file types:

Messages, Contacts, Call History, Notes, Calendars, Reminders, Safari, Voicemail, Photos, Voice Memos, App Photos, App Videos, App Document, WhatsApp, Viber, and Kik.

Pros:

  • Supports both Windows and Mac computer to get iTunes backup.
  • Works well to access in iOS 11 and iOS 12 backups.
  • Find the locations of your local iPhone backup files.
  • Can preview your personal info, media, docs and SNS data on backups.

Cons:

  • Can’t access the iCloud backup.
  • It charges for extracting files from backup.

iMazing Trail Version – Free iTunes Backup Browser

For iPhone backup viewing, iMazing does a good job. Just like Joyoshare, iMazing helps you quickly preview photos, messages, contacts, call history and other file types from iPhone backup to your computer desktop or a specific folder.

iMazing - iPhone backup extract feature
iMazing – iPhone backup extract feature

This app is worth trying since it has stable performance, and it provides you with many useful features to manage content on your iOS device besides browsing an iPhone backup.  You can go to my collected iPhone transfer software to know more about this app.

Supported file types:

Photos, Videos, Contacts, Messages, Call History, Voicemail, Notes, Voice Memos and other App Data.

Pros:

  • 100% free for browsing content on all iTunes backup.
  • Well compatible with the new iOS 12.1.4 backup.
  • Supports Windows and Mac systems.
  • Nice design and lots of useful features.

Cons:

  • It’s not free if you want to extract from backup.
  • Can’t view iCloud backup contents.

Disclosure: These apps are free to browse and preview contents in iOS backups, but the apps are not free for all their features.

How Did I Test the Apps to View iPhone Backup?

I’ve reviewed some iPhone recovery software before. And I know that most of iPhone recovery apps are able to preview and extract contents from iPhone backup. Therefore I re-tested these apps and added some new ones, such as iMazing and Joyoshare, to have the test.

I’ve made several backups using my new iPhone XS and old iPhone 6 before starting the tests. Installed more than 10 backup extractor tools on a MacBook 2017 and a ThinkPad laptop to get the contents on my iTunes backup and iCloud backup.

And I checked whether the free version of these apps could access the data hidden in the backup files, and what data types it supports to view. There are two kinds of backup files that iPhone users use, the iTunes backup and iCloud backup. I tested the ability of these apps on browsing both of these backup types.

Top 4 Best Mac App Uninstaller (Freeware Included, 2020 Updated)

Removing apps could prove to be a hassle, no matter in old Mac OS X or the new macOS Catalina. In this article, we will provide you with more than enough insight into deciding one best app to completely remove Mac programs with leftovers, and give you a list of best free Mac app uninstaller.

Sometimes we download apps and we realize that we do not need them anymore. But the regular app removal on macOS does not entirely remove everything about the app – It just deletes the program but not the preferences data, caches, downloading files, and history of the program. The worse is that you suddenly find some malicious programs that you cannot remove from your Mac computer.

So there comes Mac app uninstaller software aiming to completely delete these applications from your Mac OS running machine. And with these apps, you can be sure that every single thing about an unwanted app will be removed from your MacBook or iMac.

  1. Top best uninstaller for Mac
  2. AppCleaner [Free]
  3. AppZapper [Free Trial]
  4. CleanMyMac Uninstaller [Trial]
  5. AppDelete and other apps
  6. How to choose a qualified app uninstaller?

Top 4 app uninstaller for Mac [2020 Updated]

We’ve reviewed more than 10 programs to remove apps on Macs since 2018. By following some criteria, we finally picked out these best app uninstallers for you. And some of them are completely free.

As top apps in this area, these apps are compatible with all popular Mac operating system, including the latest macOS Catalina. They are easy-to-use, 100% safe, and cost-effective. To know more about their features, just go on your reading.

1. AppCleaner – free app uninstaller for Mac

Free App Uninstaller for Mac - AppCleaner
Free App Uninstaller for Mac – AppCleaner

FreeMacSoft developed one popular free app removers for Mac users – AppCleaner. With this freeware, you can easily search the apps, plugins, and widgets you don’t want anymore, and completely remove them from your Mac. Besides, it allows you to simply drag and drop any unwanted app for swift uninstallation.

Pros:

  • Drag and Drop feature to quickly uninstall an app.
  • This app is totally free to use.
  • Recover the apps that you mistakenly deleted.
  • Support all Macs including the latest macOS Catalina.

Cons

  • It doesn’t have filters to get old and large apps.
  • It has no filter to get and remove only the leftovers of missing apps.
  • It can’t remove some apps and it shows these apps are protected.
't Remove Some Apps on Mac
‘t Remove Some Apps on Mac

2. AppZapper –  perfect Mac app uninstaller

AppZapper - Best App Removers for macOS
AppZapper – Best App Removers for macOS

This software AppZapper has stood out amongst other uninstaller software for the macOS system because of its simplistic design and good capability of app removing. This software is also very deep with cleanups and can remove all unwanted apps and their settings, widgets, plugins, and so on. Just like AppCleaner, this software is also designed with the macOS drag and drop feature in mind.

Pros:

  • Drag and Drop feature.
  • Nice filters to get large-sized apps and old apps.
  • With “Undo” to get back the apps that you deleted mistakenly.
  • Supports Mac OS X 10.6.2 and later.

Cons:

  • It is not very simple to use. (the app icons so big)
  • It can’t find only the leftovers.
  • Its free version is limited with only 5 zaps (You can perform 5 apps removing with AppZapper). And the price is 19.95 and above.

3. CleanMyMac – Best App to Remove Only The Leftover Files.

CleanMyMac X - Best uninstaller to remove only the leftovers
CleanMyMac X – Best uninstaller to remove only the leftovers

CleanMyMac gives you a lot of features to free up space on Mac. And its Uninstaller Tool could be one of the best tools for uninstalling Mac apps. It can perform its primary function of uninstalling applications and their related files just like other app removers we listed.

Pros:

  • Better than other apps, CleanMyMac X is able to find and remove only the leftover files. And it also has various labels that help you easily find old and large apps.
  • It provides several other useful features to clean your Mac storage to boost the performance.
  • This app can find duplicate files on your mac and help you get rid of them. Its user interface is also very well designed and you can figure everything out intuitively.

Cons:

The trial version gives you only 2 applications removing for free.

4. AppDelete

This is another app remover for Mac computer. AppDelete is very thorough in removing applications from your mac, and this is one of its major strengths. Where other software might overlook, this software acts. This software can help remove widgets, screensavers, preference panes, widgets, plugins, app settings, and so on.

Use AppDelete to remove CleanMyMac
Use AppDelete to remove CleanMyMac

This application is also very flexible. It provides you with options as regards what to with the apps and files you want to remove. You can log such files, archive to a zip file, or completely remove such apps/files. Also, deleted apps are not removed straight away, but are kept in the recycle bin in case you made a mistake deletion.

Cons: This app is not a free one, and has a price of 5 – 7.99 dollars.

We didn’t cover all AppCleaner similar programs in this post, like the apps TrashMe, AppTrap, iTrash, and MacClean, since all of them are not freeware, and have almost the same features.

How to choose a qualified app uninstaller for Mac computer?

It’s easy to know what is an uninstaller app, but it may be hard to select one top uninstaller app for your Mac, which is a totally different ball game. So what are the factors and criteria you should consider when choosing a top app uninstaller for your Mac? Let’s check out the list below.

1. Level of App Cleanup

It is important for you to understand the level of cleanup that the software provides. Some software can remove all the files related to the unwanted app, while others just remove a few.

Also, some software cannot remove applications that run in the background. For the best App cleaning software, it should be in a top cleanup level to remove all leftover files.

2. Is It Safe to Use

Is it safe to use? You may ask this question before using a Mac uninstaller app. And this is one of the basic conditions all apps ought to have.

Actually, one app could be safe if the app has an official website with a real company address and online tech support, or it was recommended by some famous or trustworthy sites.

3. Computing Requirements

You can’t use a Mac uninstaller program if it is not compatible with your computer. Since all apps have basic requirements for the computer system, such as storage and system version, in order to run stably and use computing resources normally.

And the best app remover should be compatible with all the popular Mac OS, including the newest macOS Mojave and macOS Catalina. And we picked out the top app by following this criterion.

4. User Interface and Experience

You need to consider the user interface and experience of your desired uninstaller software.

If one app is poorly designed, it may cost you a lot of time to figure out how to use it. But as one of the top programs, it should be time-saving and highly effective.

5. Cost-Effective

Most of the time the best app is not the free one since the software vendors will cost a lot to hire people to design and develop.

You’d better know the cost of these programs and find the most cost-effective one. And be careful that some apps require a one-time purchase license while some others require periodic subscriptions.

Surely,  there are some other factors you may consider while selecting a qualified mac app cleaner, including the customer service, the money-back policy, and so on.

Conclusion

There you have it, the top best app uninstaller for Mac We gathered since. We all need one of these software on our computers in new macOS Mojave as unwanted apps are inevitable. Selecting the best one for you should not be too much of a trouble, as this article has provided you with more than enough information to make the best decision.