How To Delete Preloaded Apps in Mac OS X

Posted on April 18, 2012 by Nikhil P Naik

Bought yourself a new Apple Mac? Of Late, the customers who have purchased the Mac would have noticed that their Device has already been preloaded with various applications and softwares, out of which the majority of them are of no use to many users. To them, Those applications can just be considered as a resource hogger that has already eaten up the disk space before you installed anything. But wait, Can you really delete them directly? Sadly, The answer is NO. But here is a way on how to delete those apps without wasting much of your time.



First of all, make sure that You don’t delete the Safari or any other core applications.

Here are two ways by which the applications can be deleted. You could use the one that is convenient to you.

Using The Terminal

  • Open up a new terminal window and go to your application folder by typing the command “cd / Applications/”.
  • Type “sudo rm -rf”. Now change the name of application that you want to delete.
  • It might ask you for your password. If so, enter it and over. You are done!

Another method:

Using The Finder

Open Finder and right click the app you want to remove. Click on “Get Info”.

  • In the window, click on ‘lock’ at the bottom.
  • In the pop-up enter your password if prompted.
  • Change all privileges to “Read and Write”.
  • Click on the Lock icon once again.
  • Drag it to the trash. That’s it! It’s done.

NOTE: If you are unfamiliar with The terminal, its better that you use the finder method instead because if you enter something wrong in the terminal, you could be in mess and it might harm your PC as well.

About Nikhil P Naik

Nikhil Naik has a Master's Degree in Information Systems, and is currently working as a Software Engineer at Microsoft. He also loves playing cricket, listening to music, and traveling. Twitter Handle - @buzz_nikhil.

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