How to Completely Uninstall iTunes (Mac)

How to Completely Uninstall iTunes (Mac)

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These are instructions on how to do a clean and complete uninstall of iTunes from Mac OS X. This will remove all traces of iTunes from your computer.

Make sure you have quit iTunes before beginning this tutorial.

Step One
Click to launch a new Finder window from your Dock.
How to Completely Uninstall iTunes (Mac)

Step Two
Select Applications from the list of PLACES on the left side of your Finder window. Locate the iTunes application icon then drag it into the Trash Bin on your dock.
How to Completely Uninstall iTunes (Mac)

Step Three
With the Finder window selected choose Utilities from the Go menu.
How to Completely Uninstall iTunes (Mac)

Step Four
Double click to launch Activity Monitor from the Utilities folder.
How to Completely Uninstall iTunes (Mac)

Step Five
In the process list locate and select iTunes Helper.
How to Completely Uninstall iTunes (Mac)

Click the Quit Process button.
How to Completely Uninstall iTunes (Mac)

When asked if you really want to quit the process, click the Quit button.
How to Completely Uninstall iTunes (Mac)

Step Six
Select System Preferences from the Apple menu at the top left of the screen.
How to Completely Uninstall iTunes (Mac)

Step Seven
Select Accounts from the System Preferences window.
How to Completely Uninstall iTunes (Mac)

Step Eight
Select the Login Items tab from the Accounts preference window
How to Completely Uninstall iTunes (Mac)

Step Nine
Select the iTunesHelper entry then click the "-" button to remove it from the list
How to Completely Uninstall iTunes (Mac)

How to Completely Uninstall iTunes (Mac)

Step Ten
Select Restart from the Apple menu at the top left of your screen to reboot your computer.
How to Completely Uninstall iTunes (Mac)

Step Eleven
Once your computer has restarted hold down the Control key and click the Trash icon in the dock. Select Empty Trash from the popup menu that appears.
How to Completely Uninstall iTunes (Mac)
How to Completely Uninstall iTunes (Mac)

If asked whether you want to remove the items in the Trash permanently, click the OK button.
How to Completely Uninstall iTunes (Mac)

Step Twelve
Click to launch a new Finder window from the dock.
How to Completely Uninstall iTunes (Mac)

Select Go to Folder... from the Go menu at the top of the screen.
How to Completely Uninstall iTunes (Mac)

Type in ~/Library/ and click the Go button.
How to Completely Uninstall iTunes (Mac)

Locate the iTunes folder and then drag it to the Trash.
How to Completely Uninstall iTunes (Mac)

Step Thirteen
Select Go to Folder... from the Go menu at the top of the screen.
How to Completely Uninstall iTunes (Mac)

Type in ~/Library/Preferences/ and click the Go button.
How to Completely Uninstall iTunes (Mac)

Locate the preference files that have names beginning with com.apple.iTunes and drag them to the Trash. The file names should be com.apple.iTunes.eq.plist, com.apple.iTunes.plist, and com.apple.iTunesHelper.plist.
How to Completely Uninstall iTunes (Mac)

Step Fourteen
Select Go to Folder... from the Go menu at the top of the screen.
How to Completely Uninstall iTunes (Mac)

Type in /Library/ and click the Go button.
How to Completely Uninstall iTunes (Mac)

Locate the iTunes folder and then drag it to the Trash.
How to Completely Uninstall iTunes (Mac)

Step Fifteen
Select Go to Folder... from the Go menu at the top of the screen.
How to Completely Uninstall iTunes (Mac)

Type in ~/Library/Preferences/ByHost/ and click the Go button.
How to Completely Uninstall iTunes (Mac)

Locate the preference files that have names beginning with com.apple.iTunes and drag them to the Trash.
How to Completely Uninstall iTunes (Mac)

Step Sixteen
Hold down the Control key and click the Trash icon in the dock. Select Empty Trash from the popup menu that appears.
How to Completely Uninstall iTunes (Mac)
How to Completely Uninstall iTunes (Mac)

If asked whether you want to remove the items in the Trash permanently, click the OK button.
How to Completely Uninstall iTunes (Mac)
Ricco - December 28, 2015 at 6:00am
yup it worked... thank you!
mynameisjeff - December 22, 2015 at 11:19pm
thnx
Paul - February 17, 2014 at 9:08pm
This doesn't work
Mirek666 - November 11, 2013 at 4:02pm
I can do only Step One. When trying to complete Step Two, I get the following message: "iTunes" can't be modified or deleted because it's required by OS X. Any idea what to do?
Arthur382 - February 15, 2015 at 10:08pm
lol me have the same prob too
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