Nowadays, dozens of cool communication apps exist out there, and many more appear now and then to suit every need and taste. So if you mostly use Viber or Telegram or any other messaging app for business and private purposes more frequently than Skype, it makes no sense to keep it on your Apple computer. After all, any application eats up the hard drive space. That’s why many Mac owners ask, “Do I really need Skype?” This article will explain how to remove Skype from your Mac and deal with issues if you can’t get rid of it seamlessly.
Before discussing the ways to get rid of Skype fully, have a look at the easy method to toss away ‘the heart of the program.’ It does not guarantee a complete uninstallation, meaning the app’s leftovers (e.g., associated processes and files) may remain in the system.
That is a fast way. Below we’ll talk about uninstalling Skype completely on macOS Sierra and High Sierra and earlier Apple’s operating systems.
How to Delete Skype from Mac and Remove All Associated Files
The previous section has introduced the shortest but incomplete way to erase Skype on Mac. In order to eliminate the supporting items and related processes, the user should be familiar with how to work with the Library folder.
Most macOS apps are totally self-contained “packages,” so it is possible to eliminate such software by simply tossing it into the Trash bin. However, even the most popular applications create tons of useless files in Preferences. Not all of them have native uninstallers, and it makes the situation a bit trickier like the one with Skype. That is why a Mac owner should take the steps offered above and scan the /Home/Library/Preferences/ folder for the leftovers. Such leftovers always take up some space, and it does not make any sense to keep them after deleting the major app’s file.
One more location to check is /Home/Library/Applications Support/ folder. Skype may have the installation components over there. Try removing the folder you can find in the Applications Support. Why would these items stay and eat up the valuable disk space?
Skype may have startup items. Check whether it has something in the /Library/Startup Items/ folder. Another location to check is the /Home/Library/Startup Items/ folder. You can find Log in Items in the Accounts preferences. Their essence is similar to the startup items, so there is no need to keep them after Skype’s deletion as well. Here is a detailed guide on how to erase login items:
Who knows whether your Skype used startup daemons/agents. It is one of the recent OS features. Search for these elements in 3 different locations:
Look for the related stuff in the /Library/Receipts/folder. Search for the app’s or developer’s name. The extension of such elements would be “.pkg.” make sure to remove the item as other software might use it to define if it is already installed.
Mind that it is possible to detect other associated files with the help of Finder as well (use its search option). Just type the app’s name (Skype in our case) or the developer’s name (Skype Technologies). It will be your search term/keyword. You can not do the same in Spotlight, but the system allows changing its behavior.
How to Uninstall Skype for Business and Other Versions Using Third-Party Cleaner
No matter what you are using Skype for (business, family, other), the situation when you will want to remove this popular application from Mac is still probable. Unlike Apple’s built-in utilities that require plenty of time and manual actions, a third-party cleaning tool can solve the issue much faster. Besides, the user does not need any advanced knowledge at all. There is no need to launch any utilities and type the names of the tools you wish to eliminate like Skype or anything else completely. It is much safer for the newbie to apply a third-party cleaner than trying to delete the application with the help of Terminal, which for more experienced Mac owners.
So, in case a user does not find it convenient enough to remove Skype and the associated stuff from A to Z manually, one of the free/paid cleaning tools from the third-party developers will help. It is important to read the feedback and make sure that the software is safe before downloading and installing it. It is better to get such apps form the official developer’s websites or places like AppStore.
Once you obtain the cleaner, take the best of it by using the listed features:
After reading this guide, you can choose how exactly you would like to delete Skype once you realize you do not need it any longer. Perhaps, you should think about installing a third-party cleaner to make the process faster and simpler.