I uninstalled Google chrome by deleting it from the Applications folder and I also deleted the associated profile data from ~/Library/Application Support/Google/Chrome.

But I have failed to remove all the Chrome apps icons from launchpad.

I would greatly appreciate it if you can point to the location where google is keeping those app launchers. I have looked for them in the hidden folders as well as Google folders in ~/Library but I have had no luck.


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Open Finder, select Go/Go to Folder... (G), paste in:

~/Applications/Chrome Apps.localized

Delete the apps from there.

(Note that ~ means your user folder, not the regular Applications folder which is at /Applications without ~.)

Finally, empty the trash to remove from launchpad.

If you use Chrome Canary: it will have its own additional folder in ~/Applications.

  • Hi, I've remove the chrome apps as described in the above answer, and now i want to restore them. However, i couldn't do so even if re-installing chrome all over again. the folder ~/Application/Chrome Apps.localized still missing. any idea how it can be solved ?
    – Zohar81
    Feb 22, 2016 at 16:12
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    @Zohar81 - reinstall them using the Chrome Web Store. Feb 23, 2016 at 17:04
  • Awesome! this was simple and straight. Thank you!
    – sud007
    Jul 11, 2022 at 4:54
  1. Go to Finder
  2. Open your home folder (i.e. "/Users//")
  3. Open "Applications"
  4. You should be able to see a folder named "Chrome Apps"

Either you can delete this folder or open it and delete the apps one by one.

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    Thanks, thats it! You have to delete the apps form the trash too.
    – Benno
    May 15, 2015 at 23:56

How to delete an app, removing it from Finder, Launchpad and Dock Menu:

Keep in mind that this permanently deletes the apps in question from your Mac.

  1. Drag the app from launchpad and add it to the dock menu
  2. Right click app on the dock menu, choose 'Options' then 'Open in finder'
  3. Once in Finder, right click on the app and choose 'Move to trash'.
  4. Finally, just grab the app from the dock and let it go in the middle of the desktop. You should see a dissolve cloud and hear a poof-like sound.

You can then empty your 'Trash' whenever you wish. I chose to do it immediately after.

Here is a minute long video that gives a good visual: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=bQwjGqR34ZU

  • it is really simple!
    – moonvader
    Oct 23, 2015 at 5:32

I think launchpad icons are in a database. You can find the database with find /private/var/folders -name com.apple.dock.launchpad. There will be one database per user.

Then use sqlite3 /private/var/folders/your_db/db/db "delete FROM apps WHERE title='Google Drive';" to delete the icons.

  • This feels so dirty, like messing with the registry in Windows. But it worked for me after nothing else did, so thanks!
    – Joe Enos
    Jun 15, 2022 at 4:21

If you open your User>(Your username)>Applications> folder (not the /Applications folder), you'll see a folder called "Chrome Apps".

All the apps, including the Chrome Launcher app are in here. You can delete them at will and they will be removed from your Dashboard.


Open the Terminal, you can find typing Spotlight in "Terminal", and copy and paste this sentence there:

rm -r /Users/$USER/Applications/Chrome\ Apps.localized/

I found easiest way to delete this chrome created apps from lunched. All you have to do is click on finder from the doc, then on the finder window there is a search bar, now search each name of the apps, like youtube, and you will see on the application part similar icon comes up. drag and trash it. Thats all. You don't need any codings.


In the latest version of Chrome, you can navigate to chrome://apps, and right-click to Remove from Chrome. This also will remove from launchpad automatically.


Go to finder, click on the applications folder and drag google chrome into the trash. Once this is done, just empty the trash :)


If you want to just remove from only the Dock, you can drag it off launch pad until it show "remove" word and let go.

To remove from launch pad, there needs to be uninstalling of the app.

To uninstall, I found there's a bug to work around as well.

  1. if you chrome://apps/ in your Chrome browser URL, and then right-click and uninstall that would remove from everywhere.

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  1. Otherwise you could delete from ~/Applications/Chrome Apps, but I found it wouldn't delete from the Chrome's apps list.

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