How to delete (uninstall) Mac screensavers (Apple Mac OS)

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These are the screensaver uninstall instructions for Mac.
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Mac screensaver uninstall method:

Mac screensavers can be uninstalled from the panel where you go to configure them: the "Screen Savers" panel within "System Preferences".

  1. Go to the "System preferences"
    Apple Mac preferences icon
  2. then to "Desktop & Screen Saver"
    Apple Apple Mac preferences desktop and screen saver
  3. then to the "Screen Saver" tab.
    Apple Mac preferences screen saver screenshot
  4. Select a different screensaver from the one you want to delete.
  5. Scroll (if needed) in the list of available screensavers to locate the one you want to delete
  6. Right-click on it and select "Delete" (under MacOS Catalina) or "Move to trash" (under other MacOS versions).
    How to remove uninstall screensaver
  7. Close the "System preferences"
  8. Empty the Trash

Alternative screensaver uninstall method:

Mac screensavers are stored in these two folders:

  • /Library/Screen Savers
    for screensavers that are available to all users
  • ~/Library/Screen Savers
    for screensavers of the current (logged in) user

Open both these folder with finder and delete the screensaver that you want to delete. Empty the Trash.

FAQ category: 


Thanks for the uninstall instructions. I want to remove some old screensavers from my macbook.

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Hi. On our iMac I have the screensaver time set at "never" in System Preferences, but this isn't accepted as a preference, and it starts up anyway. I don't want a screensaver, just the selected desktop image. Can you please advise me how set this up? Thanks, Geoff.

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Geoff, which screensaver is getting started? The one selected in the screen saver preferences or a different one? Maybe you have an application installed that behaves as a screensaver on it own (bypassing the screensaver preferences)?

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