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Fail to Completely Remove Airfoil for Mac? Get Help Here

  • Jenny
  • May 13,2019
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>> What is Airfoil & should I remove it?

Airfoil developed by Rogue Amoeba is an audio management application that could stream audio wirelessly from any app on your Mac to other computer and AirPort devices, including Apple TV, HomePod, Google Chromecast, Sonos devices, and Bluetooth speakers. The Airfoil Video Player is built inside and the Airfoil Satellite is a free companion for Airfoil. However, some users may encounter synchronization issues when using this software, which could negatively affect users’ experience.

Here are some reasons why Mac users decide to uninstall Airfoil:

  1. 1Airfoil Video Player frequently crashes on the older version of Mac OS X;
  2. Some issues which could cause the malfunction of Airfoil have not been fixed;
  3. Airfoil’s Instant On component/plugin is not working well in macOS High Sierra;
  4. The updater in Airfoil could not update to the latest version/uninstall the older one;
  5. Airfoil fails to find your remote speaker (it is not appearing in Airfoil window)…….

Well, whether you choose to uninstall Airfoil permanently or you still want to use it after a clean uninstall, you should get to know some tricks to uninstall Mac apps.

>> What should you do before the uninstall?

Prior to the uninstall, you should check if the application is active or not. You will not be able to delete an open app as the uninstall will be interrupted by an error message.

There are four available ways to (force) quit the active Airfoil on macOS / Mac OS X:

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  • If Airfoil shows up in the Dock, right click on its icon and choose Quit;
  • When Airfoil is active, click Airfoil in the Menu Bar and choose Quit Airfoil;
  • Launch Activity Monitor, select Airfoil, click X icon in upper left, and choose Quit;
  • Press Command–Option–ESC(Escape) to bring up the Force Quit Applications window, select the app you want to stop running, and click Force Quit button

If Airfoil remains in Dock, right click on it and chose Options > Remove from Dock.

A quick way to fully remove Airfoil for Mac (Osx Uninstaller):

Wondering how you can get rid of Airfoil without any trace left? If you are desired to remove any unwanted app in an easy way, consider to use a dedicated uninstall tool.

Osx Uninstaller

Osx Uninstaller – a lightweight but powerful removal utility designed for macOS

To begin with, download Osx Uninstaller from the homepage, and install it on your Mac. After launching it, click Register button in the upper right corner of the interface, and follow onscreen prompts to complete the registration. Then do the followings:

  • Select Airfoil in the interface and click Run Analysis button

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  • After the scanning, click the Complete Uninstall button to start the uninstall
  • Click Yes button in the confirmation window to perform the final removal

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  • Click Back to Interface button to re-scan your Mac, and then quit Osx Uninstaller

That’s the whole process of uninstalling apps by using Osx Uninstaller. To be honest, the workflow is rather intuitive and streamlined so that once you acquire the tool, you will get in love with the convenience and high efficiency it brings for your Mac.

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Standard methods to uninstall Airfoil on macOS / Mac OS X:

Typically, you can move Airfoil from the Applications folder to Trash to stop using it, but to truly remove it from your Mac, don’t forget to delete it again in the Trash.

  • Open up Finder from the Dock, and access to the Applications folder from sidebar (if it does not appear there, click the Go menu on the top bar and choose Applications)
  • Right click on Airfoil, and then choose Move to Trash option

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Once throwing Airfoil into Trash, you can choose empty the Trash from the Finder menu to clean it up there. But since emptying trash is an irrevocable act, if there are other items in your Trash, we suggest you to delete Airfoil individually in the Trash.

  • Open up Trash, right click on Airfoil icon in Trash, and choose Delete Immediately
  • Click Delete button in the pop-up window to permanently delete Airfoil

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Now Airfoil has been permanently removed from your Mac. But is the removal over?

Go deep down…how to manually remove invalid files pertaining to Airfoil?

You may have known the existence of Airfoil remnants. But how to detect them in the hidden system folders? Luckily you can use the Search feature in Finder to locate and delete items pertaining to Airfoil. Here is how to manually remove Airfoil leftovers:

  • In a Finder window, click Go from the Menu Bar, and choose Go to Folder
  • Type ~/Library in the box and hit Enter key (or click Go button) to open it up
  • Click the Search in upper right corner, and then type Airfoil in the search bar
  • Click Library under the search bar to show the search result in this hidden folder
  • Select the files and folders whose names contain Airfoil, and move them to the Trash
  • Repeat the steps to delete any Airfoil components in the /Library folder as well

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Warning: don’t delete other irrelevant items in the ~/Library folder. After throwing associated items to Trash, use your Mac for a period to see if it still functions well.

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