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Here is a full removal guide on how to uninstall Android Studio from Mac. We will share three different ways to remove the Android Studio Mac program.

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How to uninstall Android Studio manually

The manual way will require some time and energy, as Android Studio creates tons of service files, which you will need to find and remove manually. Here are the steps you should follow:

  1. Quit Android Studio and remove it from the Applications folder. 
  2. Finder window - applications folder - Android Studio app selected for removal

  3. If you want to delete your projects as well, find the AndroidStudioProjects folder in your Home folder and remove it. 
  4. Finder window showing Android studio projects folders

  5. Now it’s time to go to the system Library folder and find and remove all the service files created by the app while you were using it. Check the following subfolders for them:
    • ~/Library/Android (by removing this folder you will also uninstall Android SDK)
    • Finder window - Library folder - Android studio support files

    • ~/Library/Preferences/AndroidStudio
    • ~/Library/Preferences/com.google.android
    • ~/Library/Preferences/com.android
    • Finder window - Library folder - Preferences Android studio support files

    • ~/Library/Application/Support/AndroidStudio
    • ~/Library/Logs/AndroidStudio
    • Finder window - Library folder - Android Studio logs

    • ~/Library/Caches/AndroidStudio
    • Finder window - Library folder - Android Studio cache files

In order to simplify this process and make sure that you will not leave any traces, we recommend that you use the free application, Funter, which finds all system hidden files in any location on Mac. Download Funter from directly from our website → launch the app → type Android in the search field and get the results in several seconds. You can open these files in Finder or remove them right in this window by clicking the Trash button. Funter app window showing searching for ANdroid Studio support files

As soon as you find and remove all the leftovers of Android Studio, empty Trash for a complete removal.


How to uninstall Android Studio using Terminal

As we mentioned before, you can’t just drag and drop the Android Studio app to Trash. The reason is that in this case, applications leave their service files on your Mac. To uninstall Android Studio with all its service files at once, use the Terminal command line. Follow the steps below:

  1. Open Mac Terminal. Terminal icon in Launchpad
  2. Execute the following commands from the Terminal:
    • rm -Rf /Applications/Android\ Studio.app
    • rm -Rf ~/Library/Preferences/AndroidStudio*
    • rm -Rf ~/Library/Preferences/com.google.android.*
    • rm -Rf ~/Library/Preferences/com.android.*
    • rm -Rf ~/Library/Application\ Support/AndroidStudio*
    • rm -Rf ~/Library/Logs/AndroidStudio*
    • rm -Rf ~/Library/Caches/AndroidStudio*
    • rm -Rf ~/.AndroidStudio*
    • rm -Rf ~/AndroidStudioProjects
    • rm -Rf ~/.gradle
    • rm -Rf ~/.android
    • rm -Rf ~/Library/Android*

    Terminal window with commands to remove Android studio support files

This will delete all related files, including Android SDK.


How to uninstall Android Studio using
App Cleaner & Uninstaller

If you are unfamiliar with Terminal and feel unsure about working with it, we have one more method of removing Android Studio to share with you. You will find this one the easiest and quickest. Moreover, you can use this way to safely uninstall any application on your Mac.

We are talking about a special program, App Cleaner & Uninstaller, designed to completely remove apps and their leftovers on a Mac.

  1. Download App Cleaner & Uninstaller and launch it. You will see a list of the apps installed on your Mac.
  2. App Cleaner & uninstaller - overview window

  3. Select the Android Studio app. In the right section, you will see a list of all its service files.
  4. uninstall android studio mac

  5. Click the Remove button and confirm the removal. 
  6. Finder window - Library folder - Android Studio cache files

What is great about App Cleaner & Uninstaller is that it finds the leftovers of previously-removed apps as well. You can view them in the Remaining Files section.

App Cleaner & uninstaller showing leftovers of Android studio



Conclusion

As you can see, dragging and dropping apps to Trash is not enough to for their complete removal. Some apps provide their own uninstaller tool. Use App Cleaner & Uninstaller as a universal way to uninstall apps on Mac. Also, this tool allows to manage startup programs on Mac and disable unneeded system extensions.


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