How to Uninstall iTunes on Mac OS X?

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Issue: How to Uninstall iTunes on Mac OS X?

Hello. When trying to uninstall iTunes on Mac OS X, I keep receiving an error message that says that Mac OS requires it. Could you please help me with this issue?

Solved Answer

 snapshotThank you! You’ve touched a really heated issue that has already caused various discussions on the Internet. Some people claim that iTunes did not recognize iPhone/iPad, that all of a sudden iTunes starts displaying an error message, that it does not respond and so on. These are just a few examples of why people decide to uninstall/re-install iTunes on Mac. Unfortunately, that’s not so easy as you may think at first.

To start with, we want to stress the fact that ‘uninstalling’ is not the same as ‘removal’. Actually, removal can be called an incomplete uninstalling. To remove the program on Mac you need:

  1. Go to the Applications folder;
  2. Click and hold the iTunes icon;
  3. Drag this icon to Trash;
  4. Select Empty Trash.

Yes, that’s removal, but not a complete uninstalling of a software. In order to uninstall a software completely thus preventing future slowdowns, crashes, errors, and increasing free space, you should also remove all system logs, cache files, file settings, app libraries, and other relevant files. Of course, this requires much time because various locations of the system have to be checked. Even more, you may be confused about what kind of files should be removed to uninstall iTunes on Mac OS X completely. That’s why we highly recommend using the help of CleanMyMac or MacKeeper programs that are are considered as Mac optimization tools.

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Usually, the software can be removed on Macs manually. This can be done by removing the main file of the program and them finding all relevant files on various locations, including /Library/Application Support/ and /Library/Preferences/. However, in this case, manual removal probably will not work. Users have reported that when trying to drag the icon to trash they have been presented with an error message saying:

“iTunes” can’t be modified or deleted because it’s required by OS X.

After receiving such a notification, users are not allowed to initiate any other operations. It means that there is no way to uninstall iTunes on Mac manually. Fortunately, there is a solution for that. We recommend using CleanMyMac which is a free tool for optimizing Macs. It will remove iTunes automatically and will find all unnecessary files that are lurking on the system. CleanMyMac is free to use. So, you should try it right now. A detailed guide explaining how to uninstall iTunes is given down below:

  • Download CleanMyMac 3 from the official website;
  • Double-click on the installation file;
  • Finish up with the installation.
  • Launch CleanMyMac 3 and then open Application folder on your Mac;
  • Find iTunes icon and drag it to the CleanMyMac 3 window. You should drop the icon on the “Uninstaller” tab.
  • When a notification informing about iTunes stop will show, click “Select” to proceed;
  • After that, you should receive the whole list of files that compose iTunes app.
  • Finally, click “Uninstall” button. For that, you may be asked to click “Continue” or type in a CleanMyMac 3 password. Do as required and wait a few seconds while CleanMyMac 3 is uninstalling iTunes on Mac OS X.

This will grant that all supporting files are removed, what means that you will be able to re-install iTunes.

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Olivia Morelli is a young, but a perspicacious IT expert who is currently just a year away from a Bachelor’s Degree in Software Systems. Her primary passion is cyber security, however, thanks to her detailed understanding of computer networks, operating systems and hardware, she can find a fix for any PC or Mac issue...

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