How to Delete Safari, Mail, FaceTime, Photo Booth, and Other Default Mac OS X Apps
If you have tried to delete Safari, Mail, FaceTime, Chess, Photo Booth, Stickies, QuickTime, or any of the other default Mac OS X apps before, you’ll know the Finder prevents you from doing so. Try to move one of these apps to the trash to uninstall it and you’ll get a message saying: ‘”Safari.app” can’t be modified or deleted because it’s required by Mac OS X.’
That message is more to dissuade you than anything else, because there is a way to delete any of these default apps that are required by Mac OS X, it’s just generally not recommended to do so.
For apps like Safari and QuickTime Player, this is particularly true, as other apps may use Safari or it’s elements to function properly (including other web browsers), but for apps like Stickies, Chess, FaceTime, and Photo Booth, you can safely delete them without any mal effects.
How to Delete Safari, Mail, FaceTime, Photo Booth, & Other Default Apps
Warning: There is no undoing the app deletion without reinstalling the individual application or Mac OS X. This will result in permanent removal of the specified applications and could result in abnormal system behavior or improper functionality. If you don’t know exactly what you’re doing and why, this is not recommended. Perform a backup beforehand, and proceed at your own risk.
- Launch the Terminal, located in /Applications/Utilities/
- Type the following at the command line to change to the Applications directory:
Now that you are in the Applications folder, you can start deleting apps. You will not get a confirmation of the removal, the app will simply be deleted completely. The following commands will only work when used in the /Applications/ directory.
sudo rm -rf Safari.app/
sudo rm -rf Mail.app/
sudo rm -rf FaceTime.app/
Delete QuickTime Player
sudo rm -rf QuickTime\ Player.app/
sudo rm -rf Stickies.app/
sudo rm -rf Chess.app/
Delete Photo Booth
sudo rm -rf Photo\ Booth.app
If you’re comfortable enough with the command line, you could supply the full application path with /Applications/Appname.app but considering the potential for catastrophic error with sudo rm -rf we used the safer method.