Welcome to the ultimate guide on how to uninstall Steam on your MacBook! Whether you're running out of storage space or simply want to remove Steam from your Mac, we've got you covered. In this comprehensive guide, we will walk you through the step-by-step process of uninstalling Steam and all its associated files from your MacBook. So, let's get started!
Table of Contents
- Why Uninstall Steam?
- Back Up Your Game Data
- Uninstalling Steam
- Delete Remaining Files
- Reinstalling Steam (Optional)
Why Uninstall Steam?
Before we dive into the uninstallation process, let's take a moment to understand why you might want to uninstall Steam in the first place. There could be several reasons:
- You need more storage space on your MacBook.
- You no longer play games and want to free up resources.
- You want to reinstall Steam and start fresh.
- You encountered technical issues with Steam and want to troubleshoot.
Now that you have a clear understanding of why you might want to uninstall Steam, let's proceed to the next step.
Back Up Your Game Data
Before uninstalling Steam, it is important to back up your game data to ensure you don't lose any progress. Steam provides a built-in feature called Steam Cloud that automatically syncs your game saves to the cloud. However, not all games support this feature. Therefore, it is recommended to manually back up your game data.
To manually back up your game data, follow these steps:
- Open the Steam application on your MacBook.
- Click on the “Steam” menu in the top-left corner, and select “Preferences” from the dropdown menu.
- In the Preferences window, navigate to the “Downloads” tab.
- Click on the “Steam Library Folders” button.
- Make a note of the location of your Steam Library Folder.
- Open Finder and navigate to the location of your Steam Library Folder.
- Copy the game folders you want to back up to an external storage device.
Once you have successfully backed up your game data, you are ready to uninstall Steam.
Uninstalling Steam from your MacBook is a straightforward process. Here's how you can do it:
- Open Finder and navigate to the “Applications” folder.
- Locate the “Steam” application and drag it to the Trash.
- Right-click on the Trash icon in the Dock and select “Empty Trash” to permanently delete Steam.
Congratulations! You have successfully uninstalled Steam from your MacBook. However, there are still some remaining files associated with Steam that you need to delete to completely remove it from your system.
Delete Remaining Files
To ensure a clean uninstallation of Steam, follow these steps to delete the remaining files:
- Open Finder and press
Command + Shift + Gon your keyboard.
- In the “Go to the folder:” dialog box, type
~/Library/Application Support/and click “Go”.
- Locate the folder named “Steam” and move it to the Trash.
- Go back to the “Go to the folder:” dialog box and type
~/Library/Caches/and click “Go”.
- Locate the folder named “com.valvesoftware.steam” and move it to the Trash.
- Finally, go back to the “Go to the folder:” dialog box and type
~/Library/Preferences/and click “Go”.
- Locate the file named “com.valvesoftware.steam.plist” and move it to the Trash.
Once you have deleted all the remaining files, Steam will be completely uninstalled from your MacBook. However, if you decide to reinstall Steam in the future, you can follow the optional steps below.
Reinstalling Steam (Optional)
If you want to reinstall Steam on your MacBook, follow these steps:
- Visit the official Steam website at .
- Click on the “Install Steam” button.
- Open the downloaded file and follow the on-screen instructions to install Steam.
- Once the installation is complete, log in to your Steam account and start downloading your games.
That's it! You have successfully uninstalled and reinstalled Steam on your MacBook. Now you can enjoy your games or free up valuable storage space.
In conclusion, uninstalling Steam from your MacBook is a simple process that can be done in a few easy steps. By following this ultimate guide, you can ensure a clean and complete uninstallation of Steam, freeing up storage space and resources on your MacBook. Remember to back up your game data before uninstalling and deleting the remaining files to avoid any loss of progress. Whether you decide to reinstall Steam or not, you now have the knowledge and confidence to uninstall Steam on your MacBook. Happy gaming!