How to uninstall apps in macOS
We were all there: you downloaded Evernote or Gimp or Microsoft Office because you thought it would be enjoyable, helpful, even, but you didn’t end up using it, something better came out, or you just got bored and it’s time to go. Never worry, uninstalling a macOS app is a quick process that takes only a couple of seconds.
For software you’ve downloaded from the internet and those you receive from the App Store, the procedure is slightly different. Here’s how both can be washed out.
FROM THE APP STORE UNINSTALL SOFTWARE
You will need to use Launchpad to uninstall applications that you have received from the App Store.
- On the dock, press the Launchpad icon (it’s a spaceship).
- Click any app and hold it until all the icons start shaking.
- Locate the software that you want to uninstall and press the Delete button (it looks like an X)
If there’s no uninstall button on the app you want to delete, then LaunchPad can’t remove that app. Take the steps below, if that’s the case.
UNINSTALL THE INTERNET SOFTWARE
You’ll need to use Finder to get rid of it if you’ve installed an app on the internet (or if you’re old-school and used a disc).
- In the dock, press the Finder icon (it’s a blue square with a smiley face).
- On the left side of the browser, press “Applications”
- Drag the app into your dock’s trash can. (If the app is in a folder, first open the folder to see if the Uninstaller tool is available.) You can also right-click the icon and choose ‘Switch to Garbage.’
How to manage system updates on macOS
For your Mac, device updates are important because they are intended to enhance your computer’s security and general health. But you might want to hold off on downloading a new update sometimes until you can be sure it won’t trigger any big issues. Often, you don’t want to upgrade your computer when you are in the middle of anything.
Fortunately, there are plenty of ways to track how and when your Mac changes. Would you like to choose when updates are installed? You should make sure it doesn’t automatically update your computer. Wouldn’t you want to worry about updates? It will be taken care of by your Mac.
Manage the updates on your Mac:
- In the top-left corner of the menu bar, click on the Apple symbol.
- Click “About This Mac.” If you’re interested, you can see what edition of MacOS you’re on.
- Then, select ‘Software Update.’ In this window, any available updates will appear.
- You should check the box next to “Keep my Mac up to date automatically” to ensure that your computer stays up to date automatically.
- If you don’t want your Mac to update automatically and the box is checked, uncheck it.
- If you are sure, you will get a pop-up window asking. Click ‘Turn Off Automatic Updates’ and, when asked, enter your password. In the Software Update window, you can click on “Advanced…” for more options, such as if your Mac can automatically search for, download, and install updates. You can also select if your computer will automatically update your apps (as opposed to system and security updates).
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