We use dozens of applications on our devices every day. And we usually do not think about how they affect our computers. Here are some facts. Once installed, an app creates service files in the system folders on your Mac. You have probably heard about caches and logs, which are created by an app and used while it operates. When you delete an app, however, these temporary files are still stored on your Mac. If you want to uninstall an application on your Mac completely, we recommend that you delete its service files as well. In this post, we want to share with you two ways to entirely remove Slack for Mac. In addition, we also want to explain how to delete a Slack account.
- How to delete a Slack account.
- How to uninstall Slack manually.
- How to remove Slack using an uninstaller.
1. How to Delete Slack Account
Note, if you delete the account all the data will be removed. If you want just to remove the app from your Mac, go to the next section without removing the account.
Slack users create a workspace to communicate with each other. If you are a creator, a Primary Owner of some workspaces, you will have to complete two steps to delete your Slack account. If you are an invitee, go to the second step. So, to deactivate your Slack account on a Mac, take the following steps:
For a Workspace Primary Owner:
- Launch the Slack desktop application.
- Click on your workspace name in the top left corner. From the drop-down menu choose Administration → Manage members.
- In the next moment, your Workspace Primary Owner’s account will be opened on the Slack website. Click on the icon with three dots→ click Transfer ownership.
- Choose a new Workspace Primary Owner from the list of the group. Confirm the transfer by entering your password. Click Transfer Workspace Ownership.
- Confirm the transfer by clicking Transfer Ownership. You will see a confirmation of the successful transfer of ownership at the end.
- Repeat this step for all the Workspaces where you are a Primary Owner.
For an invitee workspace (Full) member:
- Launch the Slack desktop client.
- Click on your workspace name in the top left corner. From the drop-down menu, choose Profile & account.
- On the right part of the Slack desktop window, you will see your account data. Click on the More actions icon → choose Open account settings.
- In the next moment, your account settings will be opened on the Slack website. Scroll down to the Deactivate account section → click Deactivate your account. Enter your password. Confirm deactivation by clicking on Yes, deactivate my account. And finally, click Deactivate my account for the last time.
2. How to Uninstall Slack Manually
To remove the Slack desktop app from your Mac completely, follow the next steps:
- Quit Slack.
- Open the Applications folder, select the Slack.app file and drag it to the Trash.
- Slack service files are stored in the Library system folder. By default, it is hidden from users to avoid accidental removal of the critical files. However, since you have already deleted the Slack executable file, its service files can also be deleted. Thus, open Finder → click Go in the menu bar → select Go to Folder from the drop-down menu → in the window that appears, type ~/Library/ and hit Go.
- Here, in the Library folder, find and remove all files which contain the Slack application’s name or its developer’s name. Usually, service files are stored in the following directories:
- ~/Library/Application Support/Slack
- ~/Library/Saved Application State/com.tinyspeck.slackmacgap.savedState/
- The ~/Library/Caches/ and ~/Library/Containers/ directories can also contain Slack service files.
5. As soon as you find and remove all the leftover files, complete the Slack uninstallation by emptying the Trash.
3. How to Uninstall Slack Using an Uninstaller
Some developers offer to delete an app using its native uninstaller, which can be downloaded from the official website. Since Slack does not have a native uninstaller, you can use one of the third party uninstallers. We recommend trying the App Cleaner & Uninstaller software for Mac. It can easily uninstall the Slack app for Mac and more than 1,000 other applications as well. Moreover, App Cleaner & Uninstaller automatically removes apps and all its service files in less than a minute. Thus, to uninstall Slack using App Cleaner & Uninstaller, complete the next steps:
- Quit Slack.
- Launch App Cleaner & Uninstaller.
- Select Slack in the Applications tab and click Uninstall next to it.
- Review the items you want to delete and click Remove.
- Empty the Trash bin to complete the Slack uninstallation.
If you want to uninstall an app entirely, you also need to remove all its service files. You can select the manual removal of an app or use an uninstaller. Using App Cleaner & Uninstaller is more preferable in order to prevent an occasional deletion of useful service files of other applications.