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    How to uninstall Chrome apps and extensions on Windows and Mac

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    Today, most web browsers have the “mini app” component built in or support it independently. Google Chrome is taking it to the next level with Progressive Web Apps. Several developers are opting for Progressive Web Apps (PWAs) which install their app's web-wrapper (also called Chrome app) on your PC or desktop. The problem arises when you want to remove these apps from your device. You can't follow standard methods to uninstall Chrome apps on Windows or Mac.



    In addition to Chrome apps, Google Chrome and other Chromium browsers also allow you to install extensions from the Chrome app store. While these extensions can be useful in certain situations, you need to keep track of installed extensions as a large number of unused extensions can slow down your browser. In this post we will talk about how to uninstall Chrome apps and extensions on Windows and Mac.


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    Let's uninstall the chrome extensions

    As mentioned above, you can install as many extensions from the Chrome web store. But a user shouldn't overdo it as some long-handed extensions could steal confidential browsing data. After some time, it is always advisable to check the list of extensions installed on the Google Chrome browser and remove the unnecessary ones. The procedure for removing the extension on the Chrome browser is the same on both the Windows and MAC platforms.

    Step 1: open the Google Chrome browser on your Windows or Mac device.


    Step 2: tap the three-dot menu in the top right corner and go to Settings.



    Step 3: you will find the extension in the left sidebar. Touch it.

    Step 4: a separate Extension menu will open in a new tab. Here you will see all extensions installed on your browser.


    Step 5: there are two options for you. You can disable the extension or remove it from your browser.

    If you need the extension for later use, you can disable the extension from the menu. It will hide the extension from the browser menu bar but remain accessible from the extension menu. Tap the Remove option to completely remove the extension from the browser.

    Alternatively, you can also right-click (or use two-finger click if using the trackpad) on the extension in the Chrome menu bar and select Remove from Chrome.


    Uninstall Chrome apps

    On sites like Twitter and Spotify, you will find the "+" icon in the address bar. When you tap it, the browser will ask you to install PWA (Progressive Web App) on Windows or Mac. The only problem is that you can't treat and remove them like traditional apps.

    You can remove Chrome apps from the browser itself. Follow the steps below to remove Chrome apps.

    Step 1: open the Google Chrome browser on Windows or Mac.

    Step 2: go to the Chrome apps section of the browser. Go to chrome: // apps in the address bar and it will open the Chrome apps screen.


    Step 3: here you will see all installed Chrome apps. Right click on an app and select the “Remove from Chrome” option.

    Mac and Windows also offer other ways to remove Chrome apps without using the Google Chrome browser.


    Remove Chrome apps from the apps menu

    You can uninstall the app directly from the app itself. Follow the steps below.

    Step 1: open the Chrome app on your Windows device.

    Step 2: tap the three-dot menu in the top right corner.

    Step 3: select the Uninstall Twitter option.


    The problem with this method is that you have to open every app you want to uninstall on Windows or Mac. Wouldn't it be great if you could remove Chrome apps without opening the app or browser? Thankfully, macOS allows you to uninstall Chrome apps from a dedicated folder.

    Your mac

    Follow the steps below to find and remove Chrome apps on Mac.

    Step 1: open Spotlight Search using the Command + Space keyboard shortcut.

    Step 2: type Chrome Apps and open the Chrome Apps folder.

    Step 3: here you will see all installed Chrome apps. Right-click the app icon and select Move to Trash.

    The process will remove the Chrome app from the Mac.

    The ability to offer your website as a PWA (Progressive Web App) makes sense for developers. They don't have to maintain various platforms, and the team can add features and fix those annoying bugs quickly and efficiently. You will need to master the uninstall process.


    Conclusion

    Using the tricks above, you can remove Chrome extensions and the Chrome app from Windows and Mac. Chrome apps have a bright future and I can only see other companies following Twitter and Spotify.

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