How to Delete iMovie Off of Mac

If you want to uninstall iMovie from your Mac, open “Finder” and click on the “Applications” folder. Next, find the “iMovie App” icon and drag it to the “Trash” or right-click and select “Move to Bin”. Finally, to permanently delete iMovie, right-click on the Trash and select “Empty Trash”.

Hi! My name is Yana and for the past few years, I have been working with content daily. I switched to using a Mac last year and have gained experience using the iMovie application. However, due to the large amount of space that the app and iMovie files take up, I ended up deleting the app after some time.

In this article, I will provide you with a quick step-by-step guide on how you can uninstall iMovie from your Mac and also cover the most popular questions about this process.

Key Takeaways

  • Make sure to back up your iMovie projects before deleting the app to save your files.
  • Don’t forget to empty the Trash Bin, to remove the iMovie app and all related files.
  • If you ever need to reinstall the iMovie app, it’s a simple process. Just head over to the App Store and search for iMovie.

Step-by-Step Guide to Delete iMovie

If you want to delete iMovie from your Mac, follow the steps below. 

Tip: I recommend you back up all of your iMovie files and projects before deleting the app and its components. Otherwise, you will lose all of your iMovie projects along with the app. You can transfer all your files to an external hard drive or a cloud service.

Step 1. Delete the iMovie App

There are a few ways to delete the iMovie app off your Mac.

Method 1. Open Finder by clicking on the Finder icon in the Dock menu. Next, find the Applications folder on the left side menu and click on it to see the list of installed apps.

Select the iMovie app, right click and select the Move to Trash option.

Method 2. Another way to delete the iMovie app is to open up Launchpad and find the iMovie app icon. Click and hold down on the icon until the X-button appears next to it, then click on Delete.

Step 2. Delete iMovie’s Library and Related Files

After deleting the iMovie app, it’s important to also remove any remaining files associated with it, including cache files, support files, and other related files. In the Finder menu, click the Go tab and choose the Go to Folder option. You can also perform this action by using the keyboard shortcut Shift + Command + G.

To search for more iMovie files to delete, enter the following paths:

  • ~/Library/Application Support
  • ~/Library/Caches
  • ~/Library/Application Scripts
  • ~/Library/Containers
  • ~/Library/Preferences

You can also delete the iMovie files from the Library and Movies Folders

Step 3. Empty the Bin

Once all of the iMovie files have been gathered in the Trash, simply right-click on the Trash icon and select “Empty Trash”. This will permanently remove all of the iMovie files from your Mac.


Here are the frequently asked questions about deleting iMovie from a Mac computer.

What Happens if I Delete iMovie from Mac?

If you uninstall iMovie from your Mac, you will lose access to the iMovie app and any projects you’ve created in it.

Can You Delete and Reinstall iMovie on Mac?

Yes,  it’s possible to uninstall iMovie from your computer and reinstall it later if needed. To do so, simply go to the App Store and search for iMovie. Click on the “Install” button to begin downloading the app onto your Mac.

Does Uninstalling iMovie Delete Videos?

If you only uninstall the iMovie app but keep its library, your video projects will remain on your computer. However, if you delete all related iMovie files, you will also lose your projects.

Final Thoughts

Removing iMovie from your Mac can require some effort, but following the steps I mentioned earlier should make it a straightforward process. It’s important to remember to back up your videos and projects to an external hard drive or cloud storage service to ensure you don’t accidentally lose any of them during the deletion process.

Have you ever used iMovie for creating video projects? Feel free to share your experience in the comments section below.

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