Having difficulty in using Visual Studio? Not satisfied with the Mac version of Visual Studio? Read through this post to know how to remove Visual Studio from your Mac.
Visual Studio is an integrated development environment published by Microsoft, which means it is well integrated with the system, and it could be hard to get fully removed. If you don’t want to keep this app on your Mac but have not idea how to properly and entirely uninstall this app, perform the following steps in correct order.
Some Mac beginners may not be aware of this point: prior to the uninstall, make sure to check if Visual Studio has been deactivated. If an app is active, you will not be able to delete it to the Trash as an error message will pop up to interrupt the deletion.
Here are the available options to quit a running/frozen app on macOS/Mac OS X:
(1)Right click on the app icon appearing in Dock and choose Quit
(2)Head to Visual Studio at the menu bar and choose Quit Visual Studio
(3)Launch Activity Monitor, select any process pertaining to the target app under the Process Name, then click X on the upper left corner, and click Quit button
(4)Press the Option – Command – Esc keystroke to bring up the Quit Applications window, select Visual Studio in the list and click Force Quit button
Most third-party apps can be shut down without trouble, but if you are dealing with large software or malicious app, those Quit options may fail. The last option is to (5) reboot Mac into Safe Mode to kill the app, and continue with the regular uninstall.
Roughly you have two solutions to remove Visual Studio from your Mac, and we list both of them below.
Wondering how to uninstall Visual Studio with minimal effort? Here we would like to recommend you to adopt a time-saving, hassle-free approach, i.e. using the professional Osx Uninstaller to handle the task. As a lightweight tool optimized for the latest macOS, Osx Uninstaller allows you to remove apps within several clicks.
Watch this video clip to better understand how this tool works in removal task:
In this test, Visual Studio can be effectively removed by Osx Uninstaller (about 1.17 GB size of files are deleted automatically), and the whole thing may last even less than one minute. Very quick and intuitive procedure, right? With this tool in hand, you don’t have to search for the associate Visual Studio creates outside the app package.
Prefer to manually uninstall Visual Studio without using Osx Uninstaller? Here are the conventional steps you can follow to delete Visual Studio the app itself on Mac:
Warning: Emptying Trash is irrevocable and everything in the Trash will be deleted from your Mac immediately, so check the items in the Trash before emptying it permanently. If you want to avoid any risk in this process, you can just delete Visual Studio in the Trash. To do so, open up Trash, right click on Visual Studio, choose Delete Immediately, and then click Delete button in the pop-up window.
Typically, this trash-to-uninstall method is feasible to uninstall third party apps in all versions of macOS / Mac OS X. If you cannot trash the app, make sure to quit all its processes first. Or rather, you can turn to Osx Uninstaller to save the laborious work.
For some Mac users, the uninstall has been complete since the app has gone from their Macs. However, they may neglect the fact that, most apps would create related items or plugins which reside in other system directories rather than the installation package. If you wish to thoroughly remove Visual Studio, continue with the steps:
Here are some directories that may contain Visual Studio components:
~/Library/Caches, ~/Library/Preferences, ~/Library/Application Support, ~/Library/Saved Application State, ~/Library/LaunchAgents, ~/Library/LaunchDaemons, ~/Library/PreferencePanes, ~/Library/StartupItems
Warning: Again, once you delete items in Trash, the items cannot be restored (at least by normal means). Before deleting the files pertaining to Visual Studio, we strongly suggest you to reboot your Mac and use it for a day to see if any problem happens. If issues occur, go back to check if you mistakenly delete any thing there.
Now you should have uninstalled Visual Studio and removed (at lease most of) its traces around the system. Still, we would remind you that manual detection may not guarantee a 100% removal of all components of Visual Studio. If you fail to locate and remove Visual Studio leftovers, consider utilizing Osx Uninstaller to get the job done.
Though it is a paid software that requires you to purchase a valid license, you may think it worthy when it helps you to delete unwanted apps quickly & perfectly.