How to uninstall Steam on your Mac

Asya Karapetyan
Content marketer, who specializes in Mac how-to guides
January 30, 2024
7 minutes to read

If you are running low on disk space you might want to uninstall Steam on your Mac and free up some space. This article will show you how to uninstall Steam on Mac in a few simple steps, as well as how to remove any leftover files and folders that might remain after the uninstallation process.

Uninstalling Steam

Before we start

Below you can learn two ways on how to entirely remove Steam from Mac. However, if you don’t have much time to read the guide, download and use App Cleaner & Uninstaller from Nektony. This uninstaller removes applications completely with all of their support files. It also can find the leftovers of previously removed applications.

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What is Steam?

Steam is a system for delivering content to a user’s computer via the Internet. It was created by the Valve Software company and was originally designed to distribute its games. Today this platform is open, and each developer can add his own games. The subscribers can download the most popular games, including the Half-Life series, Counter-Strike and many others as well as download the latest updates and modifications to them.

Also, Steam has a good social option. Gamers can communicate with each other, add friends, share their games library and screenshots, create groups and so on.

Well, as you can see, Steam is a popular and convenient platform for game lovers. However, you may have some reason to delete the games, for example, to stop wasting your time on games or spending too much money on them. Or, you may want to free up more disk space on your computer and optimize its performance, or remove your profile from the service to create a new one, or clear the history of your account, and so on. Whatever your reason, if you cannot delete the software on Mac or are just looking for the easiest and best way to get rid of the software, this article is for you.

How to uninstall Steam on Mac manually

The procedure for uninstalling Steam is the same as for any application on Mac. First, you should delete the app executable item and then remove its leftovers. Here is how to do it:

  1. Quit the app.
  2. Go to the Finder → Applications folder.
  3. Move Steam to the Trash.
  4. Moving Steam to Trash

  5. Go to the Library folder. For this, press Cmd+Shift+G in Finder and type ~/Library in the search field. Press Enter.
  6. Open the Application Support folder and remove the Steam subfolder from there.
  7. Also, you should check other subfolders in the Library, where the software data may be stored, and remove them from there. Check the following locations:
    • ~Library/Caches/…
    • ~Library/Logs/…
    • ~Library/Preferences/…
    • ~Library/Cookies/…

    Choosing move to Trash command for Steam Application Support folder in Finder window

  8. After that, don’t forget to empty Trash to get rid of the program completely.

How to remove Steam on Mac with one click

Another way to completely remove Steam from Mac is to use a special tool App Cleaner & Uninstaller. App Cleaner & Uninstaller is designed to uninstall apps on Mac completely so that you don’t need to look for the app’s support files manually. The program does this task instead of you.

  1. Quit Steam.
  2. Download and launch App Cleaner & Uninstaller.
  3. Find and select Steam in the left section.
  4. Click the Remove button.
  5. Confirm the removal.

Steam selected for removal

How to uninstall Steam games from your account

Some users complain that, after removing Steam on their computers, the games downloaded from the platform still remain on their disks, and then they have trouble removing them. To avoid such a situation, we recommend that you first uninstall the games on the platform. Follow the steps below but please note, that these steps will completely uninstall games from your account.

  1. Open the Steam app → go to your Library → select the game you want to remove.
  2. Click “Support” from the right section.

Steam window when Library view activated

  1. Then click “I want to permanently remove this game from my account.”

Steam window displaying game removal window

  1. You will see two options, one with a confirmation requirement and the other to cancel the operation. Select “Ok, remove the listed games from my account permanently.”

How to delete your Steam account

To delete your account, you need to write to the technical support team that you want to remove it.

If you are completely sure that you no more need the software, clean up your bank card numbers and other payment information. Also, you should unsubscribe from all sorts of mailing from Steam coming to your mailbox.

Note that uninstalling Steam deletes the app and all the games you downloaded.

Please note, you will be asked to provide the Proof of Ownership to complete your request.  Later, you will receive an answer by email asking whether you are sure you want to delete it. Usually, the account removal is done in stages. First, it is blocked for a while, and then, after a certain period of time, it is completely removed from the system.


That’s all! As you can see, the Steam removal procedure is easy, especially if you use the uninstaller from Nektony. We hope you’ve got all the answers you want about deleting your account as well as the games and platform software tool.


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