A Complete Guide to Remove GarageBand on Mac

Everything you should know before removing GarageBand:

Before getting to uninstalling GarageBand from Mac, let us understand how the uninstallation procedure in a MacBook works. Ideally, most of the applications in Mac are bundled separately, containing all the executable and any associated resources for the app. Therefore, the user can easily uninstall any software that is not required, without much hassle.

Even though it is necessary to understand even after basic uninstallation, a stand-alone software may transmit some of its configuration files at varied locations. These files are rarely large-sized. However, not removing them may still affect the functioning of your MacBook. In any case, it is necessary to clean out the junk files from your MacBook for complete removal.

Now a lot of times users face inconvenience when confronted with a query, i.e., how to delete GarageBand. There are two ways of removing the application; one, by manual procedure, and second, by using a third-party application. So, let us discuss the effective steps to uninstall GarageBand from your MacBook.

How to remove GarageBand manually?-

To remove or uninstall GarageBand from your Mac, follow the below steps:

  1. Go to Finder and head to the /Applications/ folder.
  2. Locate “GarageBand for PC” and drag the icon to the Trash (or select the file and hit Command+Delete to send it to Trash).
  3. Go to Finder and head to the /Applications/ folder.
  4. Locate “GarageBand for PC” and drag the icon to the Trash (or select the file and hit Command+Delete to send it to Trash).

Now, with Mac OS X Mavericks these steps should work well to clean out the additional space. However, some versions of the Mac OS X require few additional steps to remove associated files:

  1. From the Finder, hit Command+Shift+G to summon Go To Folder, then enter: /Library/Application Support/GarageBand/
  2. Select and delete all files in the directory: /Library/Application Support/GarageBand/
  3. Empty the Trash once more.
  4. From the Finder, hit Command+Shift+G to summon Go To Folder, then enter: /Library/Application Support/GarageBand/
  5. Select and delete all files in the directory: /Library/Application Support/GarageBand/
  6. Empty the Trash once more

How to uninstall GarageBand using AppCleaner?-

There is another, easier, and quicker way to delete GarageBand. A third-party app, AppCleaner, removes the app and all the associated files, simplifying the process.

  1. Launch AppCleaner. If not available, install the app.
  2. Go to /Applications/ and select GarageBand, drag and drop it into AppCleaner’s Dock icon.
  3. Select the app and choose “Delete” to uninstall GarageBand.
  4. When finished, close the AppCleaner app.

Using AppCleaner once can remove GarageBand sound library like the sample instruments and sound files stored and other associated files around the Mac OS X file system.

Once you have successfully uninstalled GarageBand and its associated files, a lot of free space will be available as a result. Also, if you are unsure whether you will need the app in the future, you may delete another file or app in its place. It is always easier to use a pre-installed application that comes with no cost involved.