Why Are Native OS X Apps Hard to Uninstall – And Is It Possible?

Many find Native OS X Apps Hard to Uninstall ... is there a way to get rid of the ones you don't want?

As you know every Mac comes with certain apps installed by default, such as Safari, Mail, Chess, FaceTime, Photo Booth, QuickTime, and so on. Generally these apps are intended to make sure you have all the essentials that you need right from the get go – but over time you may find that you don’t really use some of them, and prefer some of the alternatives that are available instead.

However, you may find native OS X apps hard to uninstall; in fact, if you ever try to uninstall a native app normally by dragging it to the trash bin, an error will immediately pop up that states that it can’t be modified or deleted because it is required by OS X.

Needless to say this isn’t exactly true, and your Mac can function perfectly well without native apps. Unfortunately the error that pops up will prevent you from uninstalling any native OS X apps – which could leave you feeling stuck and not knowing what to do.

The good news is that it is possible to delete native OS X apps from your Mac, but the bad news is that trying to do so manually is complicated to say the least. If you want to remove a native app manually, you will need to use the command line which is something that you may not be comfortable with.

Rather than manually deleting native OS X apps however, you could use software to help make it easier. In particular you will find that Movavi Mac Cleaner can help you to remove Safari along with any other native apps you may not be using with its ‘Uninstaller’ feature.

Within the ‘Uninstaller’ feature of Movavi Mac Cleaner you’ll be able to choose the list of all OS X apps on your Mac and then select and remove the ones that you don’t need. If you want you can also use the feature to uninstall any other apps that you don’t require, and detect leftovers from apps and remove them as well.

Of course if you really want to free up space on your Mac then you should take advantage of Movavi Mac Cleaner and use it to delete all the junk files from your Mac as well. Frankly you’d be surprised how much space you’re able to free up by simply removing the junk that is on your hard drive, and it may even help you to speed up your Mac and improve its performance too.