How to uninstall Chrome on Mac

Asya Karapetyan
Content marketer, who specializes in Mac how-to guides
March 5, 2024
7 minutes to read

You may need to uninstall Chrome for a variety of reasons, such as to solve a browser issue or to switch to a different browser. In this article, we will provide a detailed guide how to uninstall Google Chrome on Mac safely and completely.

Quick Video: How to uninstall Google Chrome

Should I uninstall Chrome from my computer?

Google Chrome is a popular web browser among computer users around the globe. It is regularly updated, works fast, and provides numerous additional extensions, which make working with this browser even more pleasant and convenient. The executable file itself is only 500MB, which is not very large compared to some other applications on Mac, especially game apps. However, if you check how much disk space the browser and all of its system files occupy, you will probably be very surprised. Sometimes its volume can even exceed 5 GB.

As an example, we decided to scan our applications using App Cleaner & Uninstaller and discovered that Google Chrome’s caches, preferences, and other application support files take up a total of 4.62GB of disk space.

Check Chrome system files wight

Therefore, if you find a more convenient browser for your preferences or do not use Google browser at all, we recommend that you uninstall the browser and all its support files to free up space on your computer.

How do I delete my Google Chrome history?

If you need to quickly clear browser’s history and other browsing data, there’s no need to dig through the menu in search of the right section. This can be easily done with a keyboard shortcut and a few mouse clicks.

To delete Chrome’s history, first launch the browser and press the following keyboard shortcut: Command + Shift + Backspace. This will open the Settings tab with the Clear History pop-up window. Select the desired period and items to clear, then click the Clear data button.

Clear data button highlighted in Clear browsing data window

After this, your history will be cleared for the selected period of time.

The easiest way to uninstall Chrome from your Mac

The easiest way to completely delete applications from Mac is to use App Cleaner & Uninstaller. This utility automatically finds all the service files for each program so that you don’t have to search for them manually. Here’s how to use it:

  1. Quit the browser.
  2. Download and launch App Cleaner & Uninstaller.
  3. Find and select the Google`s browser.
  4. Click the Remove button.
  5. Confirm uninstalling the browser.
Chrome selected for removal with App Cleaner & Uninstaller
Please note that if an app is deleted using the regular method of dragging and dropping its icon into the Trash folder, App Cleaner & Uninstaller can help you find and remove all its service files as well. To find leftovers from apps you previously removed using this method, go to the Remaining Files section. There you will find any related leftovers, which you can select them and click to remove.

How to uninstall Google Chrome from Mac manually

Before you move Google Chrome to Trash, you need to delete all information from its servers (browsing data, cache files and profile information). To do this, follow these steps:

  1. Launch the browser.
  2. Go to the Control panel by clicking the “three dots” icon in the top right corner of the window.
    google chrome settings
  3. Select History from the drop-down menu. You can also do this by using the Command+Y key shortcut.
  4. Click Clear browsing data in the window that appears.
    google history
  5. For the time range, select “All time” and mark all checkboxes in the Clear browsing data section. Then click Clear data. clear browsing data
  6. Go to the Applications folder and move Chrome to the Trash Bin.
    remove google chrome
  7. Remove Chrome’s other service files. Note that even though you do everything highlighted above, not all files related to Chrome may be deleted. That’s why we recommend you check the system Library folder for Chrome’s support files.
  8. Open the Library folder from Finder. To do this, press Command+Shift+G and type ~/Library. Then click Go.
  9. Go to the Application Support folder → Google and remove the Chrome subfolder.

    ~/Library/Application Support/Google/Chrome. Finder showing Google Chrome system folder In our case shown in the image above, Chrome’s service files took up 3.91 Gb. That’s huge!

  10. Finally, don’t forget to empty Trash.

This option for uninstalling an application is more or less suitable for the Chrome browser. Some other apps may contain data not only in the Library folder, but spread across several different system folders on Mac. That’s why we recommend using a more reliable and quick method for uninstalling apps on a Mac – App Cleaner & Uninstaller.


If you have decided to remove Google Chrome from your Mac, you should remember that in addition to removing the application’s executable file, you should also remove its service files. In this article, we described both manual and automatic ways to uninstall Chrome as well as all of its service files from your Mac.

However, based on our 10 years of experience in developing applications for cleaning Mac computers, we can say that manual removal may not be as effective as automatic. With manual deletion, there is always the possibility of missing service files. Moreover, this method is very time consuming. For this reason, we recommend that you follow the automatic method for uninstalling apps and use App Cleaner & Uninstaller. It will help you quickly and safely delete all of Chrome’s service files and keep your Mac running quickly and effectively.

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