Uninstalling an Application

Discussion in 'Mac Apps and Mac App Store' started by ivanwi11iams, May 26, 2016.

  1. ivanwi11iams Contributor


    Nov 30, 2014
    Kennesaw, GA
    The other day I was testing 1Password, the new 'Family' option. I installed 1Password 6, and it was working fine.

    I then went to uninstall it, for the purpose of reinstalling it later. There were a few issues with the app missing a sync field.

    In doing so, when I'd try to reinstall it, or update it, it would state, "Previous version exist, uninstall first".

    To uninstall, aren't the steps to either:

    - go to Applications, drag application to Trash

    - go to Applications, right click on the application and choose, "Move to Trash"


    I don't understand how the application isn't listed in Applications, yet, the OS seems to think that 1Password 6, is still installed.
  2. keysofanxiety macrumors G3


    Nov 23, 2011
    1) If the Trash hasn't been emptied, it will still detect it as being installed.

    2) Occasionally a few applications install components to multiple hidden folders, so when reinstalling it, they may still detect as being installed. If you've ever used any Native Instruments applications, they can write the book on this.

    For future reference, you can completely uninstall an application along with all its other components by dragging it into AppCleaner. Links are below:

    AppCleaner for OS X 10.10 to 10.11
    AppCleaner for OS X 10.6 to 10.10

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