Once you receive a new Mac, the first things must include installing personalized apps for your own studying, working or entertaiment. Yet, as day goes by, you may find there are too many apps installed on macOS and they take up considerable storage space. Well, at this moment you realize you need to delete those unused apps and free up storage space. Then how to track down large apps and delete them all?
The latest version of Mac operating system, renamed as macOS, provides a very handy tool – Storage Management – to hunt large applications installed on the system, to view the last time they were used, and to delete unwanted apps easily from the Mac. To use this feature, you need to upgrade your Mac to macOS Sierra 10.12 or later.
To delete apps with Storage Management on macOS, follow the instructions below:
- Head to the Apple menu on the top, and choose “About This Mac” option.
- Click on the “ Storage” tab, and then click on the “Mange…” button.
- Choose the “Applications” on the sidebar to display detailed infomation.
- In the right side, click on the “Size” to make the little arrow next to it face downward, so that installed apps can be sorted by size from largest to smallest.
- Scroll down to locate the app you don’t want to keep on your Mac, and hover the cursor around the app name until a little “X” button appears next to the app name.
- Click on “X”, and when prompted, choose “Remove” in the confirmation window.
- Repeat the steps with other apps you decide to get rid of from your Mac.
You can take a look at the column of “Last Accessed” to identify when the app were used last time, so as to help you decide whether to delete the app. Unlike removing an app to the Trash, you cannot undo the act of deleting apps in Storage Management.
Storage Management helps your find out the large yet rarely-used apps. It lists apps not only in the Applications folder but also anywhere on your Mac. You may just find Adobe Photoshop CC you installed has not been used for a long time while it takes up quite large space, so you decide to uninstall Adobe Photoshop CC to free up some space. Surely, you can also uninstall unwanted apps by trashing them, or by using 3rd party uninstall tools (like Osx Uninstaller), without macOS version limitation.
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