How to Uninstall iMovie on Your Mac

Want to know how to uninstall iMovie on Your Mac?

Apple’s iMovie is a free editing app for editing home movies. It makes everything easier, especially if you have an iCloud account and use other Apple apps to create videos. You can quickly integrate clips and songs from your Photos and Music.

Most people start on iMovie. After a few months or years, they move on to professional editing software like Apple’s Final Cut Pro and Adobe’s Premiere Pro. Others encounter iMovie errors and want to uninstall it instead to free up some space. 

Whether you’ve already moved on from iMovie or don’t see the need to use it, we’ll help you uninstall it. In this article, we’ve listed different app removal methods. These come with step-by-step instructions. Here’s how to uninstall iMovie on your Mac.

Let’s jump in!

1. Drag to Delete iMovie.

iMovie is not a system application. So it’s easy to drag it to Trash and then empty the Trash to uninstall it. This drag-to-delete method works in all versions of macOS. But if you can’t empty the Trash with iMovie in it, try holding the Option key as you do it.

Note that emptying the Trash will wipe off Apple iMovie and other files currently in the Trash. Make sure you haven’t mistakenly deleted anything before emptying the Trash. 

Here’s how to carry out the drag-to-delete method:

  1. On your Mac, launch Finder.
  2. Select Applications on the left side. 
  3. Next, click Apple iMovie
  4. Drag Apple iMovie to the Trash. Alternatively, you can right-click on it and then select the Move to Trash option.
  5. Go back to your Home folder. Select Movies.
  6. Then, drag the iMovie Theater and files on the iMovie Library to the Trash.
  7. Lastly, right-click the Trash icon. Select Empty Trash to start the uninstall.
how to uninstall imovie on your mac

2. Delete iMovie Through Launchpad.

In this guide on how to uninstall iMovie on your Mac, we offer more options other than the drag-to-delete method. These include removing iMovie through Launchpad. 

Deleting iMovie through Launchpad is a quick tap-and-hold method. It’s a pretty straightforward trick. You no longer need to empty the Trash afterward. 

Here’s how to do it:

  1. Open Launchpad. Type “Apple iMovie” in the search box.
  2. Once the Apple iMovie icon shows up, click and hold it until it starts to wiggle.
how to uninstall imovie on your mac
  1. Next, click the X button that appears on the upper-left corner of the Apple iMovie icon.
  2. Lastly, when the confirmation pop-up box shows up, hit Delete.

Want another option to uninstall iMovie on your Mac? Learn more below.

It’s good you’ve uninstalled iMovie through the Launchpad or drag-to-delete method. But you may need to also address any lingering iMovie-related files and caches on your hard disk. Delete these components for the complete removal of iMovie on Mac.

Here’s how to remove iMovie-related components:

  1. Launch Finder
  2. Click Go on the menu bar. Then, select the Go to Folder option.
go to folder option on finder
  1. A pop-up box will show up. Enter the path: ~/Library/.
  2. Once the folder opens, look for any files or folders with the program’s name. Right-click on those items and click Move to Trash to remove them.
  3. Go back to the Go to Folder option. Enter the following paths in the pop-up box to look for more iMovie-related components and move them to the Trash: 
  • ~/Library/Caches
  • ~/Library/Preferences
  • ~/Library/Application Support
  • ~/Library/LaunchAgents
  • ~/Library/LaunchDaemons
  • ~/Library/PreferencePanes
  • ~/Library/StartupItems

With this step, you can ensure a complete iMovie removal. You can free up more storage space than you expected. Want a faster option? Check out the next method. 

4. Use Built-in iMovie Uninstaller. 

Some applications, including iMovie, come with dedicated uninstallers. By using the built-in uninstaller, you don’t need to delete all the iMovie components manually. That’s a great way to save time. All you have to do is locate the uninstaller and run it after.

finder icon

Here’s how to do it:

  1. Using Finder, locate the Apple iMovie installation file on your Mac.
  2. Open the file and look for the uninstaller. 
  3. Double-click the uninstaller file to run it.
  4. Follow the on-screen instructions to complete the uninstalling process.

Couldn’t find the uninstaller file on the Apple iMovie installation package? You have another option to ensure a complete uninstall of iMovie on Mac. Read more below.

5. Use a Third-Party Tool to Remove iMovie.

Most users want a clean and complete uninstall of unwanted applications. But hunting down apps and related components manually can be a time-consuming process. A built-in uninstaller can get the job done. But what if you accidentally deleted it before?

This is where a third-party tool comes in handy. This tool can make the uninstallation process easier and faster. Plus, it can be a lifesaver if you encounter problems when emptying the Trash or are unsure which files or folders belong to iMovie. 

how to uninstall imovie on your mac

Here are some third-party app removal tools we recommend:

  • CleanMyMac X is a third-party cleaner app notarized by Apple. It can rid of any meta-files related to iMovie like system scripts and installed languages. If not removed, these files can take up storage space. Plus, it can interfere with your next iMovie projects should you decide to re-install the app in the future.
  • MacRemover can uninstall iMovie on your Mac in three simple steps. It’s a lite but powerful tool that can help remove unwanted or corrupted apps thoroughly. 
  • Osx Uninstaller saves you the trouble of crawling over your Mac system to look for ambiguous iMovie remnants. It doesn’t remove only the app but also the software and plugins that don’t usually appear in the Application folder.
  • Nektony’s App Cleaner & Uninstaller allows you to uninstall apps like iMovie in under a minute. It finds all the service files related to the app you want to uninstall. It gives no chance for traces to stay and take up space on your disk.

This wraps up this guide on how to uninstall iMovie on your Mac. Hopefully, we’ve helped you perform a clean and complete app removal. Got more Mac-related tech issues? Feel free to leave a comment below. Our team will do our best to address them. We’re ready to give you more how-to guides and troubleshooting tips. 


  • Mako Young

    Mako is a staff writer at Saint. He's been writing about tech for more than a decade. When he isn't reading about the latest news on Apple, he's busy studying cybersecurity, cryptocurrency, cloud computing, and other IT-related sectors. His exceptional work graces technology and Apple-related blogs like How-To Geek,, Macgasm, onMac, PhotoWorkout, GameRant, and many more. He also has a Bachelors in Computer Science and has been writing since 2018, with over 400 posts published. LinkedIn X (Twitter)

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