Questions: What is the correct way to uninstall SwitchResX on a Mac? And how can you fully remove all files and folders created by SwitchResX from your system?
As a paid utility software, SwitchResX for Mac allows you to adjust the display resolution and other monitor settings. Yet, installing SwitchResX can be confusing for novices, and uninstalling it also create troubles if you follow the wrong procedure.
In this post we will demonstrate two approaches to uninstall SwitchResX for Mac. You can either follow manual steps to remove the unwanted application, or more efficiently, adopt an automatic uninstall tool to solve the task with minimal efforts.
Typically, you will need to go through three steps to achieve a hassle-free, clean removal of Mac apps: (1) checking if SwitchResX is active (and quit it if so), (2) deleting SwitchResX in Applications folder, and (3) detecting SwitchResX remnants.
Before uninstalling any app, you should check first if the app is currently running. An active app cannot be deleted, so please make sure SwitchResX is deactivated.
To quit SwitchResX, right click on it in the Dock and choose Quit to shut down the app. If the app is frozen or stops responding, you can choose Force Quit instead.
An alternative way to force quit an app: press the Command – Option – Esx keystroke to activate the Quit Applications windows, then choose the app in the list, click Force Quit button below, and click Force Quit again in the pop-up dialog.
If you are not sure whether the app or it related process still runs, use this little trick:
After that, if SwitchResX remains in Dock, right click on its icon again and choose Options > Remove from Dock. And then you can go ahead to the standard uninstall.
Here are the regular steps to uninstall an app in all versions of macOS/Mac OS X:
Note that emptying the Trash will permanently remove all the items inside. Before that, make sure that everything in Trash is no longer needed. To avoid any risk in this step, you can delete the app individually in Trash like this: open up Trash, right click on SwitchResX, choose Delete Immediately, and click Delete in the pop-up dialog.
For the apps that are installed from the Mac App Store, you can also adopt this way:
If there is not X icon appearing in the app icon, that means this app is not installed through Mac App Store and therefore cannot be uninstalled by this dedicated option.
Not sure if you have fully removed SwitchResX from the system? You can utilize the Search feature in Finder to locate and delete items that are pertaining to SwitchResX.
There are the common system folders that may store files associated with target app:
~/Library/Caches/, ~/Library/Preferences/, ~/Library/PreferencePanes/, ~/Library/ApplicationSupport/, ~/Library/LaunchAgents/, ~/Library/LaunchDaemons/, ~/Library/StartupItems/
To begin with, you need to access to the hidden ~/Library (or /Library) system folder:
Then you can scan out SwitchResX components using Finder’s Search feature:
Warning: Mistakenly deleting unrelated items in those hidden system folders could affect the normal use of other apps or even the system. Don’t rush to empty your Trash before you are sure you only delete the target application’s components.
If you lack confidence in this detection task, you prefer to carry out app removal in a hassle-free way, continue reading to know how you can easily remove SwitchResX.
As a lightweight yet powerful removal utility, Osx Uninstaller allows you to thoroughly remove SwitchResX or other unwanted apps in three simple steps.
In order to use this tool on your Mac, click the Download button below to get the installation file, open up the file, and drag the app icon to your Applications folder.
Here is the procedure to completely uninstall SwitchResX using Osx Uninstaller:
With the help of Osx Uninstaller, you no longer need to search for the app vestiges in different system directories, and don’t need to take the risk of mistakenly deletion.
Finally, please note that this dedicated tool requires a valid license to work smoothly. If you don’t want to give it try, the aforementioned approach could also work.