How to Uninstall Chrome on Mac

It's super easy to uninstall Google Chrome

What to Know

  • People uninstall Google Chrome on Mac when they switch browsers, or just want to clean up unused apps and remove clutter.
  • To ensure your information is removed from Google servers, you should clear browsing data and profile information, too.

This article explains how to uninstall Chrome on Mac and includes information about removing profile information, bookmarks, and browsing history on your Mac.

The instructions in this article apply to macOS Catalina, 10.15, macOS Mojave 10.14, macOS High Sierra 10.13, macOS Sierra, 10.12, and older.

How to Uninstall Google Chrome on Mac

When you uninstall Chrome, you can also delete your profile information. While the data will no longer be on your computer, it could still be on Google's servers if you are syncing your data. Clearing your browsing data first will prevent this.

  1. Before removing Chrome, you need to ensure the browser isn't running. If the program is in your Dock, right-click Chrome, then select Quit

    The right click menu for Chrome on Mac.
  2. Open Finder and select the Applications folder, which might appear in the Favorites panel on the left-hand side of the Finder window. Otherwise, open the File menu at the top of the screen, select Find, then search for "Google Chrome." 

    A screenshot of Applications in the Finder Windows with Google Chrome highlight.
  3. To uninstall the browser, drag the Google Chrome icon into the Trash icon in your Dock. Alternatively, right-click the icon, then select Move to Trash

  4. If the application is still running when you attempt to uninstall it, a Force-Quit Applications window will open. Ensure Google Chrome is highlighted, then select Force Quit.

  5. To remove Chrome from your Mac, right-click the Trash icon in your Dock, then select Empty Trash.

    The Empty Trash option on Mac.

How to Remove Google Chrome's Profile Information

Chrome stores some profile information, bookmarks, and browsing history on your Mac. This data may be helpful if you intend to reinstall Chrome in the future. However, if you'd like a fresh installation of Chrome, or you want to remove all remnants of it, you'll need to delete this data too. 

  1. Open Finder and, using the menu at the top of the screen, navigate to Go > Go to Folder.

    The Go to Folder option in the Finder menu.
  2. Enter ~/Library/Application Support/Google/Chrome, then select Go.

    Enter the destination path in the Go to the folder dialog box.

    The data generated by Google Chrome is stored in this folder. Depending on your usage, this folder may be quite large. Once removed, the data is permanently deleted, so ensure you have backed up any necessary files before continuing.

  3. Select all folders inside Library/Application Support/Google/Chrome and move them to Trash. To do this, either right-click the selected folders then click Move to Trash or drag them into the Trash icon in your Dock.

    Screenshot of moving the Chrome files from the Library to the Trash.