Mailbox used to be a popular Gmail and iCloud mail client, yet this app has been shut down by Dropbox in 2016. The Mac version is still available to download as a public beta in mainstream software download sites, like Softpedia and Softonic. If you have accidently installed Mailbox (Beta) for Mac and later found it was ‘dead’, you may go ahead to uninstall this app from your Mac. The question is: how to do it right?
To proper uninstall a third-party app on Mac, you will need to go through these three stages: (1) quit the app if it is currently active, (2) delete it from the /Applications folder, and (3) continue to remove associated items from the hidden system directory.
Here are the detailed steps to complete a clean, thorough removal of Mailbox:
- Click Finder icon in Dock to open up a Finder window
- Click Applications from the sidebar to access to this folder
- Locate Mailbox, and drag it into the Trash in Dock. Alternative, you can right click on this app and choose Move to Trash (or choose Move to Trash under File menu).
- Choose Finder > Empty Trash from the menu bar. To avoid the risk of deleting other useful items, you can head to the Trash and individually delete Mailbox over there.
Tip: If you cannot move an item to the Trash or cannot empty the Trash on your Mac, make sure to first quit related app or process that is using the item. If that still not work, try to reboot your Mac to kill the background processes, or reboot your Mac into Safe Mode to prevent related login item from opening automatically. To enter into Safe Mode, press and hold the Shift key when your Mac is starting up. After the deletion or emptying Trash, restart your Mac normally to exist out of the Safe Mode.
So far Mailbox (Beta) for Mac should have been gone from your Mac. You can end up the uninstallation in this stage, but if you wish to clean up other items created by this app which are scattered around your system directory, go ahead with the next stage:
- In a Finder window, click Go > Go to Folder from the menu bar
- Type ~/Library in the box and hit Enter to open up the folder
- Click Search on the upper corner of the window, type Mailbox in the search bar
- Select the items whose names contains the keyword, and move them to the Trash.
Note: Those app-related files and folders usually don’t occupy too much disk space on your Mac, and it has no much harm to leave them where they are. This stage is recommended to those who have the need or ability to wipe out all app components. To avoid any risk in this stage, make sure to only delete the items pertaining to the target app, and don’t rush to empty the Trash yet. You can use your Mac for a couple days, and if any problem occurs, you can still put back related items from the Trash.
That’s how you can correctly uninstall unwanted, incompatible, problematic or stubborn apps from your Mac. If you want to uninstall other Dropbox products, refer to the steps in this post to complete a thorough deletion of target app as well as all its related items.