June 19, 2024

New MacBook and Mac desktop programs can be easily downloaded from the Mac App Store. But how many of those apps do you actually use on a regular basis? Do they only occupy space? If so, getting rid of the clutter might be easiest accomplished by deleting such apps.

Ask yourself if it’s the proper thing to do before hurriedly uninstalling apps. Is the app actually not needed? How simple is it to reinstall the application? Consider these issues before continuing. Here’s how to utilize the Mac App Store when you’re ready to update your Mac or MacBook Pro.

Application removal with Finder

As an alternative, you can use LaunchPad to search and remove programs. LaunchPad can be accessed by clicking on its icon in the Dock or by going to the ‘Applications’ folder in your computer. You may open LaunchPad by pinching the trackpad shut with your thumb and three other fingers. Your decision is yours.

Once in LaunchPad, you may use the arrow keys on your keyboard or swipe right and left with two fingers on the trackpad to find the program. Use the search bar at the top of the screen if you are having trouble finding the app. When all of the LaunchPad apps begin to jiggle, hold down the Option key while clicking on any of the apps.

Then, select the program you want to uninstall by clicking the ‘X’ in its upper-left corner. To confirm, click ‘Delete’. The app is immediately erased after you do this. Apps that are missing from LaunchPad most likely weren’t downloaded from the Mac App Store. To find and remove these, use Finder.


Getting back deleted apps

A deleted app can be recovered in a variety of ways. The method you select is primarily determined by how you initially downloaded the program.

Any deleted Mac software that was saved in this manner can be recovered using a backup. The built-in Time Machine feature of macOS is one illustration. Another way to recover an app is if it was bought or downloaded via the Mac App Store. To use it, either open it from your ‘Applications’ folder or click on the icon in the Dock. Find the app using the store’s search feature, then redownload it by clicking on the cloud symbol next to it.

You must reinstall macOS in order to restore native apps that were installed alongside it. Apps including Safari, Music, Books, Messages, Mail, Calendar, Photos, and FaceTime are all covered by this fix.

You must get restore instructions from the seller if you want to restore a third-party app that wasn’t saved using a backup. You presumably already have a user account on the company’s website when you first bought the software. After authenticating into your account, you’ll often discover the app installation files.

Finally, you can use disk restore if your Mac is older and has a CD/DVD drive. I’m assuming you, have the original disk to reinstall the app.

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