“Adobe Creative Cloud is a software package that provides subscribers a set of applications used for graphic design, video editing, web development, photography and optional cloud services. With it you can quickly launch and update your Adobe desktop apps, and manage and share your assets stored in Creative Cloud.”
As Adobe has announced before, the price for Creative Cloud subscription plans will suffer different degrees of rose since April 16. Do the modest price increases bring you some concerns? At least for me, I may start to take time looking for some one-time fee alternatives to Lightroom, like Pixelmator Pro priced $29.99.
Anyhow, if you are considering to stop using Adobe Creative Cloud, or you just want to start a fresh installation of this app on your Mac, read through this page and learn the proper ways to uninstall Creative Cloud without leaving any trace on macOS.
Step 1: back up Adobe files you want to save
If you still consider to use Adobe products again, you are highly suggested to back up your files stored in Adobe product directories, including custom plug-ins or profiles you have installed. Otherwise, all the data will be lost after a thorough uninstall.
Step 2: uninstall all Creative Cloud apps
If you still have Creative Cloud apps installed, you should uninstall them using the Adobe Creative Cloud desktop application. Dragging the app files and folders to the Trash does not truly uninstall the app which is installed through Creative Cloud.
- Open Finder and launch Creative Cloud for desktop from the /Applications folder.
- Click the Apps tab to display a list of installed apps.
- Select an app, click the arrow icon next to Open/Launch, and choose Uninstall.
- Follow the onscreen instructions to remove the selected app.
Meanwhile, you can uninstall the Adobe apps by running their dedicated uninstallers, which are stored by default in the Applications > Utilities > Adobe Installers folder.
Step 3: uninstall Creative Cloud for desktop
After removing all apps, quit Creative Cloud, and proceed to remove Creative Cloud.
By default, Creative Cloud for desktop comes with a dedicated uninstaller in its folder. You should be able to find the uninstaller in either Macintosh HD/Applications/Adobe Creative Cloud folder or Macintosh HD/Applications/Utilities/Adobe Creative Cloud folder.
Or rather, you can use the Search feature in Finder to locate the uninstaller:
- In a Finder window, click Search on the upper right corner, then type Uninstall Adobe Creative Cloud (or Creative Cloud Uninstaller) in the search box.
- Double click to run the executive file named Uninstall Adobe Creative Cloud.
- Enter your admin password to allow the change, and then click Uninstall button.
- As the process completes, click Close to exit, and then reboot your Mac.
If you cannot find the uninstaller, Adobe offers the direct download of the tool.
Step 4: delete Creative Cloud files and folders
After performing the standard uninstall as shown above, you may still see Adobe folders in Finder. You can manually delete those so-called leftovers from your Mac.
- In Finder, head to the /Applications (or /Applications/Utilities) folder and delete these two folders if they still exist: Adobe Installers & Adobe Utilities.
- Click Go > Go to Folder from the menu bar, type ~/Library in the box and hit Enter.
- In ~/Library, click Search in upper right corner, and type Lightroom in search bar.
- Click Library under the bar to show the result in the specific folder.
- Move the matched items in the search result to the Trash, and empty the Trash.
That’s how you can uninstall Creative Cloud desktop and apps from Mac computer. Have you followed the correct steps to remove the app? What problems you’ve encountered when deleting other Adobe products? Feel free to leave your comments.
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