How to uninstall Teams on Mac
Microsoft’s Teams is an app that integrates with the rest of Microsoft’s Office suite and combines the features of Slack, such as messaging and sharing files, with the video calling features of apps like Zoom and FaceTime. You may have installed Teams to try it out or in order to work on a project for a client and no longer need it. If that’s the case, you should uninstall it to free up space on your Mac. We’ll show you how to do that.
What is Teams?
Teams is a Microsoft app that works on Mac, PC, iOS, and Android. It allows you to message individuals or groups, make audio or video calls, hold meetings, and share your screen. It integrates with Microsoft’s Outlook so that your Outlook calendar appears in Teams, and you can start and join meetings set up in Outlook in the Teams app. It can also be used in a web browser.
Why uninstall Teams?
If you no longer use Teams, uninstalling it will free up space on your Mac. It will also prevent potential conflicts with files from other apps you install at a later date. Even if you think you might use Teams occasionally in the future, you can always log in using a web browser and run it there instead of having the app on your Mac.
How to delete Teams on your Mac manually
To uninstall Teams, you need to get rid of the application file in your Applications folder and all the additional files it has placed on your Mac. Tracking down all those files can be time-consuming, but if you follow the steps, you’ll be able to find them all and get rid of them.
- Go to your Applications folder and drag the Teams application to the Trash.
- Click on the Finder in the Dock and then click on the Go menu.
- Choose Go to Folder.
- In the text box, type the following:
- Locate the two files below and drag them to the Trash:
- Return to the Go to Folder text box and type this path:
- Drag the Teams folder to the Trash.
- Empty the Trash.
An easier way to uninstall Teams
As you can see, manually uninstalling Teams involves quite a few steps. However, there is an easier way. You can use a dedicated uninstaller tool to uninstall Teams. The app will track down all the additional files for you and remove them all within a few moments. We recommend CleanMyMac X. As well as uninstalling any app, CleanMyMac X can track down leftover files from previous installations that weren’t completed and reset misbehaving apps. You can download it for free here.
- Open CleanMyMac X.
- Choose Uninstaller in the sidebar.
- Search for Teams — or click Microsoft in the central pane labeled Vendors — and locate Teams in the right pane.
- Select the box next to Teams.
- Click Uninstall.
How to use Teams after you’ve uninstalled it
If you realize that you need to use Teams after you’ve uninstalled it, you don’t need to reinstall it. If you have the app on another device, say an iPhone or iPad, you can sign in on that. If you don’t, you can go to teams.microsoft.com in a web browser — Chrome is the best choice in this case, as Teams is still in beta in Safari — and use it there.
How to check Teams is really uninstalled
If you uninstalled Teams manually, or if you have previously tried to uninstall it by just dragging the application to the Trash and emptying it, you can check to see what files have been left on your Mac and then remove them using CleanMyMac X’s Leftovers tool.
- Open CleanMyMac X.
- Choose the Uninstaller module.
- Click Leftovers in the middle pane.
- On the right, you’ll see all the files that have been left on your Mac by apps you previously uninstalled.
- Select the files and click Uninstall to remove them.
Microsoft’s Teams is a team-working app that combines many of the features of Slack and Zoom and allows you to chat, call, hold meetings, and share files with other users. It’s widely used by companies and organizations, and so if you’ve worked for or with a company that uses it, it may still be on your Mac. If you no longer use it, you should uninstall it to free up space. Follow the steps above to do that. If you need to use Teams again, you can always log in on Chrome or a mobile app.