How to Completely Uninstall iTunes from Your Device

February 14, 2022Iris Walker
My iTunes always reminds me of updating to the latest version" But my iTunes is the newest. And sometimes, it cannot recognize mu iPhone and fails to sync iTunes files to my iPhone. I bear it too much. Who can tell me how to uninstall this software?

iTunes is the very important application released by Apple which has been installed on numerous Macs and Windows all over the world. But, not all people would like to use it and some users prefer to adopt other software, because it is not always in good-use, like sync music form iTunes to iPhone. Under such conditions, if you want to choose an iTunes alternative and switch to another media player or iOS backup or audio converter, you need to fully remove iTunes together with related apple software from your computer. At this time, you will encounter such questions. How do I uninstall iTunes 12 thoroughly? If I uninstall iTunes, will I lose my music? Or how can I totally remove iTunes on Mac/ Windows?

Uninstall iTunes
Then, here, we will show you the methods and steps to do that clearly and completely.

Before you uninstall iTunes, you need to find iTunes backup location to check if there are some important data that you do not to lose. If you did have some important backups, you should move iTunes to external drive.

Part 1. Best Way to Uninstall iTunes Completely

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How to uninstall iTunes Easily

Step 1:
Choose to Uninstall

Choose Toolkit on the left panel and select Uninstall from the main interface. Through this operation, you can uninstall iTunes from your Mac easily.

Run App Uninstaller on Mac
Step 2:
Clean Your Mac

In case that there are remained files or cache on your Mac. You can choose Cleaner on the left and clear the storage space of your Mac.

Main Interface

Part 2. How to Totally Remove iTunes on Mac OS X

It is trickier for Mac users to remove iTunes 12/11 from Mac OS X/El Captain compared to Windows users. Don't worry. Here is a relatively simple way to uninstall for you.

Step 1:
Ensure iTunes is not launching.
Step 2:
Find iTunes and drag it into the trash.
Find iTunes and Drag it into Trash
Step 3:
Open the Activity Monitor. You can find it after clicking Finder, Application and Utility.
Find iTunes and Drag it into Trash
Step 4:
Find iTunes Helper from the list and hit "Quit Process". In this step, when you are asked if you want to quit the process, just click "Quit" and you can quit Activity Monitor.
Find iTunes Helper and Quit Process
Step 5:
Remove iTunes Helper from Login Items.

You can find Login Items through this road: Apple icon→System Preferences→Accounts/Users & Groups→ Login Items. After finding the Login Items, just choose iTunes Helper entry, click the button of "-" and remove it.

Find Login Items and Remove It
Step 6:
Go to the button of "Go" on the top list and select "Go to Folder".
Select go to folder
Step 7:
Type "/System/Library/Extension" into the blank of the box, and then you can click "Go".
Type Content into the box
Step 8:
Drag the file AppleMobileDevicpSupport.pkg into the trash.

Here, you can ignore this step if there isn't this file.

Drag the file into trash
Step 9:
Remove files which have iTunes in the title and end in ".pkg".
Remove files
Step 10:
Empty your trash after restarting the computer.

Part 3. How to Completely Uninstall iTunes on Windows 11/10/8/7/Vista/XP

In order to fully remove iTunes 12/11 from your Windows 10/8/7/XP/Vista, you must make sure iTunes is not running together with related apple components like QuickTime Player and Apple Software Update which require to be uninstalled. Then you can adopt the ways below to operate if your computer is Windows 10/8/7/XP/Vista.

Step 1:
Click the "Start" menu and hit the "Control Panel".
Click control panel
Step 2:
Find "Programs and Features" from the control panel and click it.
Select programs and features
Step 3:
Select iTunes from the list and then choose "Uninstall" by right-clicking iTunes. When you are asked whether to remove iTunes or not, click "Yes".
Choose uninstall
Step 4:
Wait for several seconds until the iTunes uninstallation is finished. During this period, don't restart the computer.
Wait several minutes
Step 5:
After uninstalling iTunes, you should remove related apple software like Apple Software Update, Apple Mobile Device Support, Apple Application Support and Bonjour to fully uninstall the iTunes.
Uninstall related software
Step 6:
Restart your computer.
Restart the computer
Step 7:
Ensure the iTunes uninstallation has been completed totally.

Here, we should check and make sure iTunes and related components are fully removed. First, click the "Start Menu" and select "Computer". Second, open local Disc(C:) and make the Program Files folder open.

Third, delete the folders below one by one: QuickTime, iPod, Bonjour and iTunes. When finding them in the folder of Program File, you can right-click it and choose "Delete". Of course, if you don't find out them, you should relax because they have been removed completely.

Ensure complete uninstallation
Step 8:
Delete Apple folder in the same way after opening the Common Files folder.

First, click the "Start Menu" and "Computer". Second, open the folder of Windows and make the folder of "System 32" open. Third, select the QuickTime and QuickTime VR if you see them.

Check to delete apple folder
Step 9:
Click the "Empty Recycle Bin" by right-clicking the Recycle Bin.
Clear the recycle bin

After uninstalling iTunes, you are able to delete old backups from iTunes to free up storage on computer.

Part 4. Other Methods to Remove iTunes

Apart from methods above, you can have other tools to uninstall iTunes on Mac and Windows. Some software like iTunes Eradicator, CopyTrans Drivers Installer, etc. can also help you remove iTunes. However, you should download it from the website before using it, and there isn't any security guarantee for your computer. Moreover, you can't make sure if it can help you uninstall iTunes completely from your computer.

Part 5. FAQs of Uninstalling iTunes

How do I Uninstall iTunes on Windows 11?

Find iTunes from your Programs on your Windows. Click the uninstall button and start the uninstalling process.

What happens if I delete iTunes from my computer?

The music and the playlists in My Music will be lost. It’s better that you have a copy of that.

Can you remove iTunes from iPhone?

Yes. To remove iTunes from iPhone, you need to log out your account. Tap Store in Settings and remove it successfully.

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