Asya Karapetyan
Content marketer, who specializes in Mac how-to guides
30/01/2019
12 minutes to read

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Visual Studio for Mac is a software program that allows you to create mobile apps for iOS and Android platforms. But despite being a popular and useful tool, at some point, you may need to uninstall the program. So, in this post, we want to highlight two ways to uninstall Visual Studio from a Mac.

Contents:

  1. Uninstall Visual Studio manually.
  2. Uninstall Visual Studio automatically.

Uninstall Visual Studio for Mac version manually

First, let us remind you of the installation process of Visual Studio for Mac. When installing the program, the Visual Studio installer scans your computer and requires you to install additional necessary components. As users install Visual Studio for different reasons, you may have installed various additional apps on your computer along with the Visual Studio application. So, if you installed the components of Xamarin.Forms or ASP.NET Core, just keep them in mind. We will return to them later. Visual Studio for Mac installation window

It is important to understand that any program consists of multiple files, such as an executable file, logs, caches, libraries, service files and so on. If you wish to completely get rid of an application, you should remove all its service files from your disk. This step will help to prevent unwelcome technical issues with other programs on your computer in the future. Therefore, to uninstall Visual Studio for Mac manually, take the following steps:

  1. Quit Visual Studio.
  2. Open the Applications folder → select Visual Studio.app → right click and choose Move to Trash to delete the executable file.
  3. Choosing Move to Trash context menu command for Visual Studio in Finder

  4. Then delete the service files of Visual Studio. Generally, the service files are stored in the user’s Library folder. To get access to this folder, in the Finder’s menu bar click Go → Go to Folder → in the window that appears, type ~/Library and click Go. In the user’s Library folder, find and remove all files and folders related to Visual Studio. Check the following directories:
    • ~/Library/Caches/VisualStudio
    • Finder window showing Visual Studio Caches folder

    • ~/Library/Caches/com.microsoft.visual-studio
    • Finder window showing Visual Studio caches files

    • ~/Library/Preferences/VisualStudio
    • Finder window showing Visual Studio preferences files

    • ~/Library/Logs/VisualStudio 
    • Finder window showing Visual Studio Logs folder

    • ~/Library/Logs/VisualStudioInstaller 
    • Finder window showing Visual Studio Logs folder

  5. Complete the deletion of Visual Studio by emptying the Trash bin.
  6. Repeat the steps listed above to remove the rest of the Visual Studio components related to Xamarin.Forms or ASP.NET Core. Then empty the Trash.

To ensure that you have deleted all useless files from your Mac, we recommend that you use the free program – Funter. It scans your disk and finds files by name, even the hidden ones. Just launch Funter, type the name in the search box, and hit Enter. In the window that appears, you will see a list of items that you can reveal in Finder and delete them.
Search results for Xamarin in Funter window


Uninstall Visual Studio on a Mac automatically

Fortunately, you can use an easier and quicker way to uninstall Mac Visual Studio. Thanks to third-party uninstallation tools like App Cleaner & Uninstaller, you can get rid of useless apps and their remains in just a few clicks.

App Cleaner & Uninstaller helps to remove programs correctly and entirely. It has an intuitive interface and is compatible with OS X 10.10 or higher. To delete Visual Studio on your Mac using App Cleaner & Uninstaller, complete the following steps:

  1. Launch App Cleaner & Uninstaller.
  2. In the Applications tab choose Visual Studio, and all its service files will be selected automatically. Click on the Remove button to proceed.
  3. Visual Studio selected for removal in App Cleaner & Uninstaller window

  4. By the way, you can use the search field to find apps related to the Visual Studio Mac OS edition and delete them as well. You can also sort applications by name, date or size.
  5. Overview the items you are going to uninstall and click on the Remove button.
  6. Visual Studio icon

  7. Empty the Trash bin to complete the uninstallation of Visual Studio on your Mac.

Conclusion

Applications play a significant role in our daily operations on computers. Sooner or later, we need to clean up the ones we do not use. When we do, it is important is to uninstall programs correctly and entirely to help our devices work properly. Therefore, we recommend using App Cleaner & Uninstaller for this purpose.

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App Cleaner & Uninstaller

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Update
v. 7.4.1 June 2021
 

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