How to Uninstall iTunes on a Mac

iTunes is one of the most popular applications from Apple, which is installed on all Mac computers and even on Windows computers when their owners have at least one iOS device. The need to remove iTunes from Mac happens rarely, but it may make sense when you want to reset iTunes or want to reinstall its’ older version. While the program can easily be deleted on Windows, uninstalling iTunes on a macOS is a trick, considerably more complicated. But don’t worry! Nektony, as always, knows how to uninstall programs on a Mac properly, even if it is a default Apple app. In this article, we describe how to safely remove iTunes on a Mac and all related programs.

If you have tried to remove iTunes to the Trash, you definitely have seen this error message that “iTunes.app” can’t be modified or deleted because it’s required by macOS.

In fact, Apple prohibits the removal of standard applications, as it may damage the viability of the system. Nevertheless, despite the warning, you can delete iTunes from your Mac. Read on to learn two ways to uninstall iTunes on a Mac.

Method 1 – Uninstall iTunes on a Mac Manually

To remove standard Apple programs like iTunes, you need first to disable Apple System Integrity Protection (SIP). The SIP limits the actions that the user can perform on protected parts of the Mac operating system. Follow the steps below to disable Apple SIP and uninstall iTunes.

  1. Restart your Mac and press Command+R key shortcut while the reboot is in progress.
  2. You will see an unusual startup window – this is the recovery mode. In the Menu bar click Utilities → select Terminal
  3. In the Terminal window paste the following command and press the Return key: csrutil disable. The Apple System Integrity Protection will be disabled. 
  4. Restart your Mac and login to your system through your admin account. This is optional as you can remove default apps only if you have the administrator rights.
  5. If you have signed into your administrator account, type the command cd /Applications/ and click the Return button. The application directory will be shown. 
  6. Now use the following command to delete the default Apple application.

sudo rm -rf iTunes.app/

Please note: when you remove iTunes via Terminal, it doesn’t ask for the system confirmation. Itunes will be deleted immediately. Also, after you have deleted iTunes, don’t forget to enable the System Integrity Protection in order to not remove other important apps by mistake. For this, restart your Mac again → use Command+R shortcut → open Terminal and this time type the command csrutil enable.

Well, the manual way of iTunes removal is not that easy. Fortunately, there is a much easier way for this task, and now we are going to move on and tell you about it.


Method 2 – How to Uninstall iTunes on a Mac using App Uninstaller

App Uninstaller is a special software tool from Nektony, which allows you to uninstall any app on a Mac, including default Apple apps. App Uninstaller finds all the service files of each app and completes the removal task correctly, safely and quickly – with just a few clicks. The application provides a Free Trial so that you can download and use it immediately.

Here are a few easy steps to delete iTunes after disabling Apple SIP:

  1. Launch App Uninstaller.
  2. Go to the Preferences.
  3. In the General tab enable the option Display System Applications
  4. App Uninstaller will automatically rescan your apps and show them in the left section of its window. Select iTunes from the list of apps and click the Remove or Uninstall button. 
  5. Then just confirm the removal by clicking the appropriate button. 

As you can see, it’s super easy to remove iTunes with App Uninstaller.

By the way, if you are looking for a way to reset iTunes, this uninstaller tool will also help you. For this, you will need to select and remove only its service files and keep its executable file, like on the screenshot.


Conclusion

Actually, App Uninstaller has a lot of additional great features, so much so that we recommend learning more about it by visiting its Product page and Help page. But again, once more we want to note that removing default Apple apps may damage your system, so do this only if you are a computer geek and understand what you are doing.