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How to Completely Uninstall Spotify on Mac: Easy Guide
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June 15th, 2024 by Arvee Saren

Contrary to popular belief, deleting the Spotify app does not completely uninstall Spotify, especially for Mac users. In this blog, we provide the steps on how to manually uninstall Spotify from your Mac completely in just a few clicks.

 

How to Uninstall Spotify on Mac

 

1. Quit Spotify

 

Ensure Spotify is not running by quitting the application. You can do this by hovering over the Spotify icon in the menu bar. Right-click and select Quit Spotify or Quit.

 

spotify quit

 

If the Spotify app doesn't close, use Activity Monitor to quit any active Spotify processes. Type Command + space bar and search for Activity Monitor.

 

spotify activity monitor

 

On the search bar in the upper right corner, type Spotify. Or, you can manually look for the Spotify app processes.

 

spotify search spotify

 

Click Spotify, then click the X icon at the top.

 

spotify select stop

 

Click Quit.

 

spotify quit or force quit

 

Note: Selecting the X icon at the top of the Spotify app will not quit Spotify.

 

2. Delete the Application

 

Go to Finder.

 

spotify finder

 

Open the Applications folder.

 

spotify applications folder

 

Find Spotify, drag it to the Trash, or right-click and select Move to Trash. This will delete the Spotify app from your Mac.

 

spotify move to trash

 

3. Remove Spotify Related Files

 

Spotify files are typically stored in the hidden Library folder. Type Command + space bar to search for this folder. In the search field, type ~/Library and press Enter (Return).

 

spotify library folder

 

Find and remove all support files of the Spotify app from the Library folder. Check the following locations for those files:

 

~Library/Application Support/Spotify

~Library/LaunchAgents/com.spotify.webhelper.plist

~Library/Saved Application State/com.spotify.client.savedState

~Library/Caches/com.spotify.installer

~Library/Caches/com.spotify.client

~Library/Preferences/com.spotify.client.plist

~Library/Preferences/com.spotify.helper.plist

 

4. Empty the Trash

 

Emptying the Trash in your Mac finalizes removing the Spotify app from your Mac, ensuring there are no leftover Spotify application files.

 

empty trash

 

For those preferring a simpler method, consider using a third-party app uninstaller tool like CleanMyMac X, AppCleaner, or AppZapper. These tools can help automatically find and delete Spotify and its associated files, simplifying the process.

 

If you face difficulties with any of these steps or encountering issues, you can refer to some basic troubleshooting steps below.

 

Troubleshooting Steps

 

Spotify app not quitting. If the Spotify application does not quit, you can force quit via the Activity Monitor. Just follow the instructions in Step 1.

 

Can't find Spotify-related files. Try using the search function on the Finder app to locate the Spotify files. Look for folders named Spotify in Application Support, Caches, and Preferences. Removing these folders and leftover files will help to uninstall Spotify completely.

 

Spotify is still in launchpad even after uninstalling. This is a common issue even after uninstalling Spotify - the icon still appears on the launchpad due to the way Launchpad indexes applications. To resolve this, use a command-line tool such as Terminal to reset Launchpad’s database or just delete or remove the icon from the dock.

 

Reasons to Uninstall Spotify

 

There are several reasons why a Mac user wants to completely uninstall Spotify. Here are a few of those:

 

  • App Crashes: Spotify is not opening or crashing frequently.

  • Playback Issues: Inability to download music and play a podcast.

  • System Stability: Mac system crashes following Spotify installation.

  • Audio Quality: Poor audio quality or crackling sounds during playback.

  • Battery Drain: Excessive battery usage while running the app.

  • Storage Optimization: Freeing up system resources and disk space.

  • Other Digital Music Provider: They may have Apple Music already or are streaming music on a different platform.

 

Frequently Asked Questions

 

Why can't I uninstall Spotify on Mac?

It may be due to the Spotify app still running in the background or files still being used. Before uninstalling, make sure that you quit Spotify entirely, including closing any background processes. Review any associated files to completely uninstall Spotify.

How do I reinstall Spotify on Mac?

Visit the Spotify website and download the latest version of the Spotify app suited for Mac OS. Open the downloaded file and follow the prompts to install Spotify on your Mac. Reinstalling Spotify will not restore all the deleted files and cache.

Can I access Spotify on my Mac without installing the app?

Yes. You can log in to your Spotify account on the web version to stream music or podcast, create playlists, download tracks and everything else you can do on the Spotify app.

 

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