How To Uninstall Chromebook Apps?

There could be several reasons to uninstall applications on a Chromebook device. You may want to remove pre-installed apps just because you are not sure to use them in future. You may want to free up system memory by removing apps. Can’t figure out how to remove a certain app from your Chromebook or other ChromeOS device? Here is a helpful guide on uninstalling installed apps on Chromebook.

Uninstall from Launcher

Click on Chromebook’s launcher, which is similar to the Start menu of Windows operating system. Now, click on the up arrow icon to expand the launcher and see all the apps (see the following screenshot):

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Right click on any app’s icon, which should open a contextual menu with an option to remove the app.

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The Chrome OS app launcher lists both types of Chrome apps, packaged applications and hosted apps or website launchers.

Use Extension Manager

The Extension Manager is a small Chrome extension, which enables users to easily manage their Chrome extensions, apps and themes. Install it from this link and open it. You would see list of all installed extensions, apps and themes on its page.

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Click on any item to see its details. On individual item’s details page, you can find option to uninstall it just with a single mouse click, as shown in the above screenshot.

Using non Chrome OS Device

On Windows, Linux and Mac, you can see all installed Chrome apps and their properties right from a special Apps page (type chrome://apps/ in the address bar and hit enter key). This Apps page is not accessible on ChromeOS devices, may be because Google wants you to use the App Launcher.

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So, if you have a non Chrome OS device like a laptop running Windows or Linux, and you are using Chrome browser with the same Google account on it, you can benefit from Chrome sync. Open chrome://apps page on Google Chrome running on your non Chrome OS device, and uninstall desired apps by right clicking on them. Once removed from your Windows or Linux device, it should be removed automatically from Chrome OS as well, thanks to Chrome sync.

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Posted by Arpit Gupta

Arpit maintains several browser-based tools including many popular extensions. Follow him on Twitter, or email at editor@browsernative.com.
Article published on August 29, 2016, Last updated on .

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11 Responses

  1. Liz Armstrong says:

    This did not work on my Acer Chromebook, and believe me – I tried many, many times. All right-click does is open the app.

  2. Denise says:

    didn’t work on mine either!

  3. Alina says:

    DId not work on mine as well. Can you finally give solution for Asus C300?

  4. Jennifer says:

    ditto – on an Acer it just launches the app

  5. Arpit Kumar says:

    @Alina and @Jennifer: Please right click on app icon (tap the touchpad with two fingers simultaneously)

  6. Joan says:

    Didnt work on mine either. I tried Arpit Kumars advise above, that didnt work either.

  7. lee martin says:

    post something that will work

  8. Erik says:

    it does work with 2 fingers douple tap fast and a small white list will have uninstall as 3rd option

  9. Will says:

    I couldn’t get this to work either when I 2-finger clicked in the icon in the app launcher, BUT, try doing the 2-finger click on the app name, not the icon. Then I got the drop down list to uninstall.

  10. Amanda says:

    for anyone who cant figure it out please listen and follow my directions. open your chrome web store. then click on the settings icon next to your email address there you will see “My Extensions & Apps” click on that. Then you will come to a page that has Installed and Library. Click on Library after that you will be able to remove the apps or extension. Good luck and enjoy

  11. David says:

    edit::::: this will only delete the apps and extsions you preveiosly downloaded sorry

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