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Completely Uninstalling Chrome on Mac

Completely Uninstalling Chrome on Mac

Completely Uninstalling Chrome on Mac

Google Chrome is a popular web browser that many Mac users prefer due to its speed, user-friendly interface, and synchronization capabilities. However, there may come a time when you need to completely uninstall Chrome from your Mac. Whether it's due to performance issues, troubleshooting, or simply trying out a new browser, this guide will help you through the process.

Understanding the Uninstallation Process

Uninstalling Chrome from your Mac involves more than just dragging the Chrome app to the Trash. It's important to understand that this action only removes the application itself, not the data associated with it. This data includes your browsing history, bookmarks, saved passwords, and other settings. If you want to completely remove Chrome, you need to delete this data as well.

Moreover, Chrome also creates service files for its smooth operation. These files are stored in various hidden folders on your Mac. While they don't take up much space, they can cause conflicts if you decide to reinstall Chrome in the future. Therefore, to completely uninstall Chrome, you need to remove these service files too.

Steps to Uninstall Chrome on Mac

Now that you understand what the uninstallation process entails, let's dive into the steps. Please note that before you proceed, make sure to sync your Chrome data with your Google account if you want to retain your data for future use.

Quit Chrome, Before you can uninstall Chrome, you need to make sure it's not running. To quit Chrome, click on the 'Chrome' menu in the top-left corner of your screen and select 'Quit Chrome'. Alternatively, you can use the keyboard shortcut 'Command + Q'.

Remove the Chrome Application, Next, navigate to the Applications folder, find the Chrome app, and drag it to the Trash. You can also right-click on the app and select 'Move to Trash'. To empty the Trash, right-click on the Trash icon in the Dock and select 'Empty Trash'.

Delete Chrome Data, As mentioned earlier, simply removing the Chrome app doesn't delete your browsing data. To do this, you need to navigate to the Library folder. Here's how:

  1. Open Finder and click on the 'Go' menu at the top of the screen.
  2. Hold down the 'Option' key. You'll see the 'Library' option appear in the drop-down menu.
  3. Click on 'Library' to open the folder.

Once you're in the Library folder, you need to delete the following files:

  • ~/Library/Application Support/Google/Chrome
  • ~/Library/Caches/Google/Chrome
  • ~/Library/Saved Application State/

Simply select these files and move them to the Trash. Don't forget to empty the Trash afterwards.

 Remove Chrome Service Files, Finally, you need to remove the service files that Chrome creates. These files are located in the hidden Library folder in your Home directory. Here's how to access it:

  1. Open Finder and click on the 'Go' menu at the top of the screen.
  2. Select 'Go to Folder'.
  3. Type '~/Library' in the text box and click 'Go'.

Once you're in the hidden Library folder, delete the following files:

  • ~/Library/Google/GoogleSoftwareUpdate/Google Chrome Brand.plist
  • ~/Library/Google/Google Chrome Brand.plist
  • ~/Library/Preferences/

Again, move these files to the Trash and empty the Trash to complete the uninstallation process.

Using Third-Party Apps to Uninstall Chrome

If the manual method seems too complicated, you can use third-party apps to uninstall Chrome. These apps not only remove the Chrome app but also its associated data and service files. Some popular options include AppCleaner, CleanMyMac X, and AppZapper.

While these apps are easy to use, they are not necessary. The manual method described above is more than sufficient to completely uninstall Chrome from your Mac. However, if you regularly install and uninstall apps, these third-party apps can be a handy tool to have.


Uninstalling Chrome from your Mac is a straightforward process, but it involves more than just deleting the app. You also need to remove the browsing data and service files associated with Chrome. Whether you choose to do this manually or use a third-party app, this guide has got you covered.

Remember, before you uninstall Chrome, make sure to sync your data with your Google account if you want to retain it. Also, always empty the Trash after moving files to it to ensure they are permanently deleted. Happy uninstalling!

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