I was updating Xcode and macOS High Sierra at the same time. The OS restarted and then Xcode was in update "paused" state. I tried but couldn't restart/resume it so I deleted the app hoping it would be fixed. Now the app is removed but I still have that icon in my Launchpad.

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How can I remove this?

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You can try these steps:

  1. Open Launchpad, press and hold the Option key. If you see a cross icon towards the top left side of the app (Xcode) icon, click on it.

  2. Make sure that Xcode is really removed by checking for its absence in /Applications directory. Then restart your computer.

Either one of the two steps should remove the icon from the Launchpad. You can install Xcode afresh thereafter.

  • I did this before, it shows the cross button but clicking on it does nothing. I also restarted multiple times
    – Reyraa
    Commented Apr 9, 2018 at 7:30
  • Is Xcode deleted from /Applications directory and removed from Trash?
    – Nimesh Neema
    Commented Apr 9, 2018 at 7:35
  • yes, it's removed and the trash is empty
    – Reyraa
    Commented Apr 9, 2018 at 8:57
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    You can try reinstalling Xcode from the App Store.
    – Nimesh Neema
    Commented Apr 9, 2018 at 9:35

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