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Except funny emoticons there is one more thing about Skype on your Mac: it creates too many system files that occupy your hard drive and remain even after you have deleted the app. Its size may be even bigger than the size of the app itself. For this reason, you may decide to uninstall Skype on your Mac. Learn how to completely and correctly remove the messenger.

Contents:

1. Uninstall Skype manually.
2. Uninstall Skype using App Cleaner & Uninstaller.


How to Uninstall Skype Manually

To manually uninstall Skype from your Mac, follow these steps:

  1. First, quit Skype.
  2. Then remove Skype from the Applications folder.
  3. Choosing Move to Trash context menu command for Skype in Finder

  4. After this, you have to find and remove Skype system files. Note that these files could be somewhere inside the system, in various folders that are usually hidden. Please, check the following system folders to find them:
    • ~/Library/Application Support/Skype
    • ~/Library/Caches/com.skype.skype
    • ~/Library/Caches/skype.skype.Shiplt
    • ~/Library/Containers/com.skype.skype.shareagent
    • ~/Library/Cookies/com.skype.skype.binarycookies
    • ~/Library/Cookies/com.skype.skype.binarycookies_tmp_429_0.dat
    • ~/Library/Logs/Skype
    • ~/Library/Preferences/com.skype.skype
    • Finder window showing Skype Caches folder

    • *Learn how to get the hidden Library folder.
  5. The last step is to empty your Trash to permanently get rid of Skype.

Now let’s learn an easier way to uninstall Skype on your Mac.


Uninstall Skype Using App Cleaner & Uninstaller

App Cleaner & Uninstaller provides you with an ability not only to remove the Skype app but rather all system files that are associated with it, thus optimizing space on your hard drive. Follow these steps to remove the Skype messenger with all its system files and caches, that usually are left after simple deletion to Trash.

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Now let’s see the separate steps to remove Skype using App Cleaner & Uninstaller.

  1. Run App Cleaner & Uninstaller.
  2. Select Skype and all the files associated with the app.
  3. Click the Remove button.
  4. Skype selected for removal in App Cleaner & Uninstaller window

  5. Confirm removing of selected items.
  6. Skype selected for removal in App Cleaner & Uninstaller window

    If you have deleted Skype before in a regular way, you can find its service files in the Remaining Files section, as it’s shown in a screenshot below.

    Skype selected for removal in App Cleaner & Uninstaller window


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