How to completely uninstall Setapp

Asya Karapetyan
Content marketer, who specializes in Mac how-to guides
July 12, 2023
7 minutes to read

If you want to uninstall Setapp from your Mac, read this article. We’ll provide a step-by-step guide on how to remove Setapp completely without leaving any files behind.

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How to manually uninstall Setapp from Mac

For the manual way to uninstall Setapp on a Mac, you will have to find its temporary files in your file system and remove them. Since the Setapp application helps install third-party applications on your computer, it often has more support files than the average software program. We recommend you carefully follow the steps below to avoid missing any leftovers.

Important notes and the methodology used to prepare this Setapp uninstall guide:

  • Every application creates additional support files on your computer to work properly. That’s why dragging and dropping programs, including Setapp, into the Trash, will not completely remove them from your Mac. Cache files are still stored on your disk after the executable file is deleted. To completely uninstall any application from Mac, you must remove all its temporary files.
  • This guide will explain how to remove Setapp entirely along with all of its support files – both manually and using App Cleaner & Uninstaller from Nektony.
  • At Nektony, we’ve been building an uninstaller tool for Mac for many years. As a result, we regularly check apps for all service files they create in the system, and we know all about the temporary files applications create on Macs.
  • If you have questions about uninstalling apps from your Mac, feel free to contact Nektony’s support team. Our Apple-certified professionals will be happy to help you correctly remove unneeded apps from your Mac.

How to uninstall Setapp with all its support files:

  1. Open Setapp.
  2. In the menu bar, click Help and select Uninstall. setapp menu showing the uninstall option
  3. Select Keep Applications. This will uninstall the Setapp program only. setapp uninstall popup
  4. Provide your user password to confirm deletion. Wait until the progress bar finishes. uninstalling setapp bar progress
  5. Go to the Library folder to find Setapp associated files. For this, in Finder press the Cmd+Shift+G shortcut, type ~/Library, and press Return. search panel with the Library directory
  6. Check the following folders for Setapp associated files, and remove all files associated with the program. You can recognize them by the word “setapp” in file and folder names:
    • ~/Library/Application Support
    • ~/Library/Application Scripts
    • ~/Library/Caches
    • ~/Library/Saved Application State
    • ~/Library/Containers
    • ~/Library/Group Containers
    • ~/Library/Preferences
    • ~/Library/Cookies
    • ~/Library/Launch Agents
    Library folder showing Setapp files
  7. Once you’ve cleared all leftover Setapp files, empty your Trash.
  8. Finally, this step is not mandatory, but we recommend you restart your Mac.

How to uninstall Setapp with a few clicks

App Cleaner & Uninstaller is a program that uninstalls applications from Mac quickly and completely. It can help you easily uninstall Setapp with all its reamining files.

How to uninstall Setapp with App Cleaner & Uninstaller:

  1. Close Setapp.
  2. Download and launch App Cleaner & Uninstaller.
  3. Select Setapp from the list of apps.
  4. Click the Uninstall button and confirm the deletion.
app cleaner uninstaller showing setapp

If you manually removed Setapp, you can check your Mac for its leftover files. For this, switch to the Remaining Files section, select the leftover files and click to remove them.

How to uninstall apps installed with Setapp

If you want to remove particular applications you installed using Setapp, do the following:

  1. Open Setapp.
  2. Switch to the “On This Mac” section in the sidebar.
  3. Find the app you want to uninstall and click it.
  4. Click the arrow icon on the blue button and click Uninstall.

If you want to remove the Setapp program itself together with all apps installed by it , do the following:

  1. Open Setapp.
  2. In the menu bar, click Help and select Uninstall.
  3. In the pop-up window, choose Uninstall Completely. setapp uninstall popup

Note, in both cases, when you remove apps installed with Setapp, this doesn’t remove them completely. Their support files will remain on your Mac. We recommend you use App Cleaner & Uninstaller for any apps you need to uninstall from your Mac.

  1. Launch App Cleaner & Uninstaller.
  2. Select the app you installed with Setapp.
  3. Click the Uninstall button.

If you’ve removed apps from Setapp using one of the methods above, switch to the Remaining Files section to remove their leftovers.

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