Macs don’t come with Google Chrome. Considering the popularity of this web browser, plenty of Mac users install it on their macOS desktop or laptop devices.
But there comes a time when you don’t need Chrome anymore and want to uninstall it. So it begs the question, how to uninstall Google Chrome Mac?
Hello, I’m JP. I’m a software engineer who likes to tinker with apps on macOS.One of the more common questions I come across is how to uninstall apps. Rest assured, uninstalling the Chrome application on your Mac device is as easy as pie.
All you need to do is follow a few steps to get it done.
And that’s why I’m bringing to you a guide on how to completely remove Google Chrome from Mac. Stick around to find out.
Easy Steps to Uninstall Google Chrome on Mac
Before I go ahead and explain the easy steps, there’s one thing to mention. When you uninstall Google Chrome, you don’t remove your profile information.
Profile information includes bookmarks, browsing history, and other information Google Chrome collects from you while using the browser.
That isn’t anything nefarious or strange – it’s just what most apps do when you use them.
So if you’re thinking of leaving once I show you how to uninstall Chrome, make sure to stick around as I will also tell you how to clear out your profile information.
But for now, let’s see what steps you need to take to uninstall Chrome from your Mac.
Step 1: Make sure Chrome isn’t running. Navigate to the app in the Dock, select Google Chrome, right-click, and click “Quit.”
Step 2: Find the Google Chrome file directory. There are two ways to do that. The first method is to go to the File menu and search for “Google Chrome” in the search bar. The second method is to open “Finder” > “Applications” > “Google Chrome.”
Step 3: Right click on Google Chrome and select “Move to trash”. This will effectively uninstall Chrome from your Mac.
If Chrome is still running while performing this step, it will notify you with a pop-up message, where you’ll need to click “Force Quit.”
Step 4: Clear out the trash by right-clicking on the Trash icon in the Dock and selecting “Empty Trash.”
Now you have removed Google Chrome from your Mac. By the way, this is also the way to remove any app from your Mac.
With that out of the way, let’s look at how to remove Chrome profile information.
How to Remove Chrome Profile Information from Mac?
I should mention that the profile information can be handy if you’re thinking of installing Chrome at a later time.
Since the Chrome browser stores your browsing information, it remembers websites you’ve visited, login credentials, and other information. But maybe you want a clean slate. If so, go ahead and perform the following steps.
Step 1: Navigate to the Finder menu, right click on it and select “Go to Folder.”
Step 2: Enter the following in the file browser menu ” ~/Library/Application Support/Google/Chrome,” and press “Enter.”
Step 3: Select everything in the folder and place them in Trash in the Dock.
Step 4: Clear the trash by right-clicking the Trash icon and selecting “Empty Trash.”.
That’s it. Now you have removed all Chrome profile information from your Mac, including browsing history, bookmarks, and general profile information.
Note: you don’t have to do this if you ever want to use Chrome again. Feel free to skip this part as chances are you want your bookmarks and website log-in credentials to be remembered by Chrome.
But there is a way to export passwords and bookmarks before removing the profile information. After exporting your passwords and bookmarks, you can go back to Chrome, import the specific files, and gain access back to crucial browsing data and credentials.
Why Can’t I Uninstall Google Chrome from Mac?
Some Mac users are reporting an issue where they can’t uninstall Google Chrome. The reason why this happens is down to the app running in the background. To uninstall any Mac app, you need to first quit the app.
Navigate to the Dock, and find Google Chrome. Right-click and select “Quit.” You will be able to uninstall Chrome after that.
That concludes this short guide on how to uninstall Google Chrome from Mac. As you can see, you need to perform a few steps to completely remove the browser. I hope you found this article helpful.