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August 31, 2018 Uninstall Guides ,

How to Uninstall/Reinstall iTunes on Your Mac

For certain Mac users, they may have never used some built-in software like Garageband or iTunes, and they are considering how to remove those unused apps to reclaim disk space. Well, you can safely uninstall the built-in apps you don’t want to keep on your Mac, yet it should be pointed out that the removal of Apple’s dedicated apps may require more manual steps, compared with uninstalling the third-party apps.

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If you are confused about how to uninstall iTunes from your Mac, check out this post and follow the proper steps below to get rid of iTunes and clean up its remnants.

1.Quit all iTunes processes in Activity Monitor if the app is currently running

2.Open Finder and head to the Applications folder from from the sidebar or Go menu

3.Locate iTunes in the folder, and click File > Get Info from the top Menu Bar

4.In the pop-up window, click the triangle icon in front of the Sharing & Permissions

5.As the tab expands, click the Lock icon on the button right corner if it’s locked

6.Type in your admin password in the pop-up box and click OK to allow the change

7.To the right of the Everyone heading, click the arrow icon and select Read & Write

8.Click the Lock icon again to save the change, and close the Get Info window


9.Back to the Applications folder, then right click on iTunes icon and choose Move to Trash option form the sub-menu (or drag the app and drop it inside the Trash icon)

10.Right click on Trash icon, choose Empty Trash, and click Empty Trash button in the pop-up confirmation dialog, which will instantly remove iTunes from your Mac


Changing the privileges for “everyone” to “Read & Write” gives you complete control of the iTunes app so you can finally uninstall this app by “trash-to-delete” method. If you want to reinstall iTunes later, you can get the app from Mac App Store at anytime.

If you have no desire to restore this app, you should consider to completely remove all the components iTunes creates around the system. Now continue with these steps:

11.In a Finder window, choose Go > Go to Folder from the top Menu Bar

12.Type Library in the pop-up dialog and click OK button to access to the folder

13.When the folder opens, type iTunes in the search box, and click Library below

14.Locate and select the items whose names contain iTunes, and delete them all

15.Repeat the procedure to delete associated items in ~Library folder

After doing all these steps, you can restart your Mac to ensure everything associated with iTunes is gone. Meanwhile, you should be warned that mistakenly deleting files related to other apps may cause problems when you are trying to use these affected apps. So for the sake of avoiding unnecessary risk, we strongly advise you to move the iTunes-related files and folders to another location and use your Mac for a few days. If everything goes well, you can consider to permanently delete those junk files.

Have you fully removed iTunes yet? Is there any other built-in apps you want to get rid of? Like, Garageband? The uninstall method also works for other Apple’s apps on Mac computer. But if you are tired of repeating the complicated steps mentioned above, using a dedicated uninstaller for Mac becomes a more efficient option.

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