When I got my first Mac about 6 years ago, one of the things that I liked about it was that when I wanted to uninstall an app, I didn’t have to go and find the uninstaller for that app. I could just drag the app into the Trash and then empty the trash and the app would be gone, or so I thought.
Until about a year ago, this is what I had thought, and I can probably guess that a lot of people still think this. Part of this is because Apple really doesn’t explain any good ways to get rid of apps and apps hardly ever come with uninstallers when it comes to Macs as opposed to Windows. But as I found out, sometimes when you think you are deleting an app for your Mac, all files from the app may not be deleting and there could be some lingering files on your computer that you may not be aware of and may not even be able to find. Over time, these files start to take up more and more space that you may need. Well, I have an easy and cost effective solution for you.
Introducing to you, AppZapper.
AppZapper is a simple app that erases all the files of an application that you no longer want on your computer. First, go and download the app here. Once downloaded, start up the app and you will see the screenshot below.
Then all you need to do is go and find the app or apps that you no longer want to keep on your Mac. Once you do this, all you have to do is drag and drop the app into AppZapper.
Once the app is dropped into AppZapper you will see all of the files related to that app. For example, in the screenshot above, you will see that I put in a Fluid app that I made for Grooveshark. I no longer use the app so I dragged it into AppZapper so I could erase it. As you can see, not only is the actual application in there but a couple other files are there as well. I definitely wouldn’t have known to search for these files and erase them. When you are done, all you do now is press the Zap! button and you get this cool laser sound and poof, your app and all of its files are gone into thin air. Ok, not really, but they are now in your Trash can.
And now you are free to go and zap other apps that you no longer want, knowing that all parts of the app will no longer be left on your Mac. Very simple app that is so great to have. You can get AppZapper for $13. You would think for an app as simple as this, it wouldn’t cost that much, but I was surprised how much I use this app and how I definitely feel like I got my $13 worth and then some when it comes to hard drive space that all of these smaller files could be taking up if I didn’t use AppZapper. Highly recommend it for those of you that like to use a lot of apps or love to try out apps on a regular basis.