How to uninstall apps from a Chromebook

Chromebooks offer a streamlined experience, free from the bloatware and cluttered desktops of their Windows and Mac counterparts. But as you install apps for work, entertainment, and everything in between, even Chromebooks can begin to feel bogged down. Thankfully, uninstalling apps on a Chromebook is a breeze, and you can reclaim precious storage space and keep your device running smoothly in just a few clicks.

There are two ways to tackle the app-removal task: using the Launcher or through the Settings menu. Both methods are quick and easy, so choose whichever one feels most intuitive for you.

Method 1: Launcher removal

  1. Open the Launcher: This circular icon is usually located in the bottom left corner of your screen. It displays all your installed apps, both web-based and Android.
  2. Find the app you want to uninstall: Scroll through the list or use the search bar at the top of the Launcher.
  3. Right-click (or two-finger tap) the app: This will bring up a context menu.
  4. Select “Uninstall”: A confirmation message will appear.
  5. Click “Uninstall” again: The app will be removed from your Chromebook, along with any associated data.

Method 2: Settings menu removal

  1. Click the clock in the bottom right corner of your screen: This opens the system tray.
  2. Select the gear icon: This opens the Settings menu.
  3. Click “Apps”: This takes you to the app management section.
  4. Select “Manage your apps”: This displays a list of all installed apps.
  5. Find the app you want to uninstall: You can scroll through the list or use the search bar.
  6. Click the three dots next to the app name: This opens a menu.
  7. Select “Uninstall”: A confirmation message will appear.
  8. Click “Uninstall” again: The app will be removed from your Chromebook, along with any associated data.

Tips for efficient app removal:

  • Sort your apps: Click the “Sort” button in the “Manage your apps” section to arrange your apps by name, size, or last used. This makes it easier to find the ones you want to remove.
  • Free up even more space: After uninstalling an app, check the “Manage your apps” section for any leftover files. Some apps may store data even after they’re uninstalled. You can click the “Clear app data” button to remove these files.
  • Uninstall extensions too: Extensions can also take up space and slow down your Chromebook. To uninstall an extension, open Chrome, click the three dots in the top right corner, select “More tools” and then “Extensions.” Find the extension you want to remove and click “Remove.”

By following these steps, you can easily uninstall apps from your Chromebook and keep your device running at its best. Remember, a clean and uncluttered Chromebook is a happy Chromebook!

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