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How to uninstall Steam (Brief)

Nadia Kovach

Nadia Kovach is a dedicated analyst for software development and marketing companies reviews.


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Steam is a popular platform among gamers all over the world, with a vast array of video games and frequent discounts. Also, it is a huge community of gamers. On the flip side, it is a high-power  application that would eventually slow down an average computer. For this or any other reason (maybe you’d like to take a break from gaming), users might want to remove Steam games. So, we’ll try to help uninstall Steam in several ways, including manually, via external software, in Steam account. Also you can check our list of best uninstallers.

How to uninstall Steam manually on Mac

Before starting to uninstall Steam you should completely close the application since it may complicate the process. 

Step 1. Right-click the Steam icon on DockPanel and choose Quit option.

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Step 2. Open Steam via Finder – Application folder.

Step 3. Right-click Steam and choose Move to Trash. Or just drag-and-drop the icon to the Trash on the DockPanel. 

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Step 4. Now, as you’ve removed the .app file from MacOS computer, service files and other leftover data are still there. Open Finder – Application folder again.

Step 5. Press Command + Shift + G and type ~Library in a popup window. Press Go. 

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Step 6. Open the Application Support folder. 

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Step 7. Select the Steam folder and right-click it. Choose Move to Trash.

Step 8. Empty the Trash bin. Now you’ve completely removed the Steam application from the computer. 

How to remove Steam with uninstaller software

This method will definitely save a lot of time and effort. Special tools provide the opportunity to uninstall Steam in just a few clicks. In case you do not know which to choose, we have 7 best uninstallers article to assist. For guidelines, we have chosen CleanMyMac and IObit MacBooster as examples.

Same as with manual method, before using an uninstaller program you should quit Steam. First example is CleanMyMac.

  • Step 1. Right-click the Steam icon in the DockPanel and choose Quit.
  • Step 2. Open CleanMyMac X via Launchpad or Finder – Application folder.
  • Step 3. Choose Uninstaller on the left sidebar.
  • Step 4. Choose All Applications.
  • Step 5. Find Steam in the list and put a checkmark next to it. 
  • Step 6. Press the Uninstall button at the bottom of the window.

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Our second tool, that could help uninstall Steam completely, is MacBooster, as example for MacOS devices.

  • Step 1. Open IObit MacBooster via Launchpad or Finder – Applications folder.
  • Step 2. Choose Uninstaller on the left sidebar.
  • Step 3. In the list of applications put a checkmark next to Steam. 

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  • Step 4. Press the Uninstall button to remove Steam once for all. 

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The biggest benefit of using MacBooster for this task is that you can see and delete all the service files (preferences, support files, logs, etc.) in one place. 

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How to uninstall games from Steam account

  • Step 1. Open Steam via Launchpad or Finder – Applications folder.
  • Step 2. Click the Library tab at the top and view the entire list of games. 
  • Step 3. Select the game you would like to uninstall and right-click it. Press Manage and then Uninstall. Or select the game on the left sidebar and do the same. 
  • Step 4. Press Uninstall in the popup window to confirm the action. 

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How to uninstall games without Steam

If you want to uninstall games without Steam or you had already removed Steam and some games left on your computer follow the next steps. 

  • Step 1. Open the uninstaller program (CleanMyMac in our case here).
  • Step 2. Press Uninstaller and go to All Applications.
  • Step 3. Select a game or games you want to uninstall.
  • Step 4. Press the Uninstall button. 

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So, this is how we can delete Steam platform or Steam games. Nothing special but we hope it helps. 

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Nadia Kovach
Nadia Kovach

Nadia Kovach is a dedicated analyst for software development and marketing companies reviews.

Nadia Kovach is an analyst and researcher. She applies various business analysis methods to evaluate and report on leading IT companies, startups and enterprises. Over the years, she has collaborated with Yarza Twins, Brights, Avex Design, Creative Repute, and Digital Operative. As of 2020, the number of her readers exceeded 500K.