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.

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.

How to Backup & Restore iPhone on macOS Catalina If iTunes Be Killed

While there is no iTunes available in the coming macOS Catatina, how can your backup and restore your iPhone on a Mac? Get the answer in this post.

Apple WWDC announced the news of iTunes being killed in the macOS Catalina. Three different apps will replace the media management feature of iTunes. The iOS sync, backup and restore feature will go to the Finder app, continuing serving you to back up your valuable information and files.

So how to use the Finder to manually backup iPhone on macOS Catalina? Are there any differences?

Being one of Apple developers, I am able to download macOS Catalina beta installer to get the first hand of this update for a test. And the process of making an iPhone backup on Catalina is almost the same as it in the previous macOS.

The only difference is that all these features now work on the Finder app, instead of the iTunes app. Just follow me to experience the new iPhone backup and restore process for the 2019 macOS big update – Catalina.

Step 1. Go to Finder > Locations (Left Navgation), then you’ll find your iPhone icon.

Use finder to get your iPhone
Use finder to get your iPhone

Step 2. After you choose your iPhone, you will get the management panel for your iPhone. And there will show you several menus for Sync, Backup and Restore data on your iPhone devices.

Step 3. Just select General selection, you can find the Back Up Now option helping you make iPhone backup manually on Catalina.

Back up iPhone in macOS Catalina
Back up iPhone in macOS Catalina

Step 4. The following steps are as same as it goes before while using the iTunes app. You can follow the onscreen steps to finish all the backup process.

Backing up iPhone on Catalina takes minutes or hours, depending on what is stored on your device, macOS processing speed and USB/Wi-Fi connecting speed.

How to Restore iPhone on Catalina?

On the General section, the button Restore Backup…, still plays the role of letting you restore the device from the backup you’ve created.

The Differences?

The difference is that a new button named Manage Backups helps you quickly manage the iOS backups on your Mac computer. (This button is previously not provided. )

The backup feature on previous Mac iTunes
The backup feature on previous Mac iTunes

Conclusion

Although the iTunes app is gone from the coming macOS Catalina, the basic features of iTunes still exist on the separated apps, like music and finder. For someone who thought iTunes is bloated, this change could be good news. since it makes the thing simple to manage specific data across Apple devices.

For people who are willing to sync, back up and restore iPhone on Mac computer, the new macOS Catalina still works using the new Finder, and this method is simple, reasonable and natural, and people will quickly get used to it.

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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.