How to uninstall a printer on your Mac

Oryna Lienkova
Apple certified support professional
May 18, 2023
7 minutes to read

Going to replace your old printer with a brand new model? That would also mean you would need to delete printer drivers from your Mac, which can be confusing at times. This is because the process of removing a printer from a Mac is not the same as uninstalling standard applications. Per request from our users, we have written this guide to explain how to delete printer drivers with a step-by-step screenshot tutorial.


How to manually delete printer drivers from your Mac

Follow these steps to delete printer drivers:

  1. Open Mac System Settings.
  2. Click on Printers & Scanners in the sidebar.
  3. Click on the machine you want to delete and click the Delete button.
  4. Confirm uninstalling the printer from your Mac.
  5. Printers and scanners in Mac System Setting window

    Please note that you will also need to delete the driver software from the printer manufacturer. In order to completely delete printer drivers, follow the steps below:

  6. Open Finder and go to the Applications folder.
  7. Depending on your printer’s manufacturer, your related files may be named differently. You will need to move them to Trash. Here is an example, specific to HP printers:
  8. Applications folder with HP utility selected

  9. Once that is done, you will also need to delete any cache and service-related files to your printer manufacturer. Usually, those files can be found in the following folders:
    ~/Library/Application Support

hp printer service files in finder

Don’t forget to clear your Trash afterwards in order to make sure that the apps have been deleted completely.

If you find the manual removal method time consuming for you, keep reading this article. We’ll explain two more methods on how to uninstall a printer on your Mac.

How to delete printer drivers using HP Uninstaller

HP Uninstaller is an official application provided by the printer manufacturer. You can use the utility to uninstall your HP printer driver. If you have a different brand of printer, please find the brand’s official website to locate the software needed to uninstall their products.

  1. Launch HP Easy Start on your Mac (you can download it from the official website).
  2. hp easy start window

  3. Proceed to click on HP Easy Start in your menu bar above and then select Uninstall HP Software…
  4. menu bar - uninstall hp software command

  5. Follow the required for the HP uninstalling steps.
  6. hp uninstaller window

  7. If prompted, provide your username and password to grant permission to make changes.
  8. Confirmation window to uninstall hp printer

  9. Allow HP Uninstaller up to a few minutes to erase your files.
  10. confirmation window to uninstall hp printer

  11. If you wish to reinstall your HP software, simply click on Set Up New Device and follow the instructions.

HP uninstaller window showing task complete

Unfortunately, even by using the official method provided by HP, you will still need to delete remaining cache & service files by yourself. As mentioned previously, see the following folders to locate them on your computer:
~/Library/Application Support

How to delete printer drivers from Mac using App Cleaner & Uninstaller

With the utility App Cleaner & Uninstaller, the whole process of uninstallation becomes quick and easy. Once set up, your entire computer is scanned for any related files that were originally installed with the app. This uninstalling tool detects all supported files saving you time and headache. Follow the steps below:

  1. Download and launch App Cleaner & Uninstaller.
  2. As the HP products are recognized as mandatory system files by macOS, you will need to enable the Display System Applications feature temporarily for the process of uninstallation. For this, click on App Cleaner & Uninstaller Pro in the menu above and go to its Settings.
  3. App Cleaner & Uninstaller settings
  4. Enable Display System Applications .
    *Please don’t forget to switch this option off after you finish the uninstallation.
  5. App Cleaner & Uninstaller settings window
  6. Select all of the applications related to your printer manufacturer. In our case, that would be HP Smart printer.
  7. Click to remove the printer and confirm the action.
Removing printer with App Cleaner & Uninstaller

And that’s it! All of the files related to your Printer Manufacturer have been permanently deleted from your macOS in just a matter of a few clicks.

Now, simply remove the machine from System SettingsPrinter & Scanners. If you still have not done that, just check the step-by-step guide in the first section of the article.


As you can see, uninstalling HP Printer products, either manually or using their internal software, is hardly a straightforward process. In order to have the programs completely erased, you still need to delete any remaining service files or cache on your own. This is practically the same for all other printer manufacturers.

On the other hand, if you use App Cleaner & Uninstaller, you will have a complete overview of all the folders and files related to the program, even if they are located in hidden folders.

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