Questions tagged [deleting]

the destruction of a document, or file. Often, on the most common operating system, the file is compressed, and moved to a folder - dubbed "Trash" on OSX. The file must then be permanently deleted, before all remnants of the file are truly destroyed.

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I can't delete photos on my iPhone 4s even though the delete button is there, why?

I've selected the photos I want to delete but, the delete button isn't turning blue. They were all taken on the iPhone but, the sim card has been removed. Do I need the sim card or not to delete the ...
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Undeletable Knowledge and com.apple.internal.ck file in macOS Catalina Beta

I wanted to test out the just-released macOS 10.15 Catalina Beta, so recently, I used my old 2015 MacBook Air to install the update (just to avoid losing my personal data on my current laptop), then I ...
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Does the Console app in macOS keep a log of when I deleted a certain file?

Today a weird thing happened while I was copying two large files from my Mac to my hard drive. The two files vanished from the original folder on my Mac during copying! And in the end, I got a warning ...
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How to delete app data from iCloud?

I had an app called Ulysses classic. I'm not using it anymore, so I want to delete it. I select Delete documents & data under System Preferences → iCloud → Manage, but it didn't work and app ...
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Can't delete text messages

I want to delete certain texts within a coversation on my Iphone 8+ version 12.1.2. I've rebooted my iphone and i am still only getting "copy" at the bottom of the screen instead of "more." I do I ...
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How do I delete data on my iPad Mini 3?

I would like to start over on one of my games. But each time I deleted it and downloaded it again, my data was still there. I’m not sure how to get rid of it. It is updated.
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How do I recover lost photos from iCloud. They are not in recently deleted

My sister has lost upwards of 400 pictures in an accidental deleting spree. She deleted the photos from her iPhone and it chose to delete it from iCloud too, which is not a big deal in itself, but ...
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Delete certain file from TimeMachine using tmutil [duplicate]

I want to delete a certain file from TimeMachine. Using "Delete all backups of..." from the gear/context menu doesn't do anything. No warning/error message appears. What I've found is that messing ...
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How do I delete qmasterd in Incompatible Software folder?

I have this pesky file "qmasterd" that has been moved to the "Incompatible Software" folder by the macOS Installer. It must have been lying around on my Mac from years ago when I had Final Cut Pro v6 ...
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How do I get rid of a null app [duplicate]

I have a null app which is quite annoying, I’ve searched up how to delete it but they all say go to storage and delete it from their but the app isn’t in storage and I haven’t found a way to delete it ...
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How to securely `shred` a file in Mojave/APFS?

I just came across this thread about securely deleting files: If, by stroke of misfortune, you're on a magnetic medium, have journalling disabled and, for some reason, can't encrypt the disk, ...
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Delete all backups of specific file/folder with tmutil

I'm trying to delete all backups of specific items through the command line. I can accomplish this using the GUI through the following steps: Enter Time Machine Navigate to the file to be deleted ...
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Delete specific Time Machine backup via GUI

I would like to delete specific Time Machine backups, but not the oldest backup (which Time Machine will do automatically) but one in the middle. Simply dragging it (i.e., a folder such as for example ...
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“Cleaning…” phase when deleting apps

I am currently on iOS 12 beta 2. I noticed a new phase when deleting apps and was wondering what it is and what it's doing. After pressing the "X" on the app I want to delete and select "Delete" on ...
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Deleting already sent texts

If I send a text and then change my mind and delete it, will the other person still see it on their phone?I clicked on the body of the text and the window popped up, giving me the option to delete the ...
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Files disappeared, no trace

Yesterday, my wife imported 350 images from her camera's SD card from her sister's wedding (thus, quite important images), and as we have BackBlaze installed on her macbook for cloud backup, we have ...
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Wipe the SSD of a barely-booting MacBook Air

I have a Macbook Air (mid 2011) that had a RAM problem. Sometimes it turns on, and while still booting macOS it would crash and hang forever due to bad RAM. I want to sell the machine for parts, but ...
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How to delete /var/run/com.cyberghostsrl.CyberghostPrivilegedHelper.socket?

how can I delete this file? if I run netstat -an this gets listed /var/run/com.cyberghostsrl.CyberghostPrivilegedHelper.socket it is probably an old installation of cyberghost, but I realy think ...
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Deleting all photos from iCloud immediately 2018 [duplicate]

I would like to delete all of my photos from icloud immediately. The only way I have found to do this is select each individual picture and delete it. There does not seem to be a select all option ...
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Mac OSX Recovery Mode Terminal: rm -rf doesn't delete anything

I have a seemingly broken MacBook Air that doesn't boot, but I can get into the recovery console. If I try to reinstall Mac OSX on the main disk (Macintosh HD aka /dev/disk1s2), the installer ...
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Securely erase all user data on an old iBook

I have an old iBook (Model A1007) that I would like to donate, but first I need to delete all of the last user's data so that it is not recoverable. With Windows machines, I usually do this by running ...
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Recover Files and Folders deleted from iOS Files App

I accidentally deleted files and folders from the new 'Files' app on my iPhone and that action ended up deleting those files and folders from my Macbook (it's like syncing to the Desktop). My iCloud ...
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What will occur if the .DocumentRevisions-V100 folder is deleted?

This post concerns the folder located at the following file path: /.DocumentRevisions-V100 I right-clicked this folder in Finder.app and selected Get Info. After several minutes of waiting, the "...
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How to use a variable inside a path in AppleScript?

tell application "System Events" name of current user end tell tell application "System Events" set answer to name of current user end tell tell application "Finder" delete ((POSIX file "/Users/answer/...
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How can I stop my iPhone from auto deleting app data left and right?

I have noticed that an app I use has been requiring me to download tons of data whilst in the app despite there not being any new (internal, I.e. non-AppStore based) updates. As far as I can tell at ...
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If I get an app that contains a monthly fee and I delete it, do i still have to pay?

I got a palm reading app, not knowing that it included a monthly fee of $9.99. I have the iPhone 7 so I put my fingerprint in my phone. My fingerprint lets me pay for stuff, download apps, and open my ...
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Apple iPad Wifi 2017

How Do I delete apps with the new iOS 11 update? I does not allow me to delete the app when I hold it down and it wiggles
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How delete an application that is bundled with macOS?

Backstory: I am running macOS Sierra and use TextEdit a lot. The problem is that I hate the Versions save schema that causes the universal Save As shortcut of CmdShiftS to instead create a copy of ...
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How to stop iTunes from automatically re-downloading?

I have deleted my iTunes application (using a terminal command) several times already and it keeps popping back up. I have to delete it every time it downloads. Is there a way to stop iTunes from ...
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Folder with nothing in it is still using up space

I have a folder with absolutely nothing in it. Zero. I made sure there was no hidden files in it, by typing "defaults write com.apple.finder AppleShowAllFiles YES." into my terminal. There is ...
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How to delete photos from MacBook Air

I have a MacBook Air and run out of space so want to remove all my photos. I have deleted all of them by going into photo and also searching for jpg but it still says I have 32 GB of photos but I can'...
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How to recover photos that were deleted during an import from an iPhone to Photos?

Two weeks ago, we had some friends over and one of them wanted to show us some of her photos, so she used my Mac to import them and do a slideshow on the TV. Now she just realized that the photos aren'...
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Hidden Documents folder after turning off iCloud Drive

I recently tried iCloud Drive for syncing my Desktop and Documents folders. However, Documents was already being synced via Dropbox and I noticed that iCloud Drive and Dropbox don't get along. ...
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Deleting a 'No such file or directory' file

I recently swapped out the CD drive on my Macbook Pro late 2011 for a hard drive. On that hard drive there were some files that I wanted to delete, as per usual I moved them to the Trash. Now that ...
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Cannot delete contact from Address Book

I have a particular contact I cannot delete from Address Book. There was a birthday event in calendar for a person I didn't recognize, so I tried to delete it. However, Calendar said that I needed ...
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How to remove a file that 'ls' finds it but 'rm' does not? [duplicate]

I have a weird situation with a file that sticked into my file system and apparently there is nothing I can do to remove it. There is a file in the Trash folder of my external hard drive, and it can ...
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How do I delete a file that doesn't appear in finder

I messed up and made the file name ... full name ....fbx. I don't really know why around the terminal. And after seeing How to move files to trash from command line? saying that rm "not permanently ...
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How do I override the terminal command “rm” to perform the “rm -i” command by default?

The command rm nukes files. rm -i asks for confirmation before nuking the files. When I use rm, I want rm -i to happen.
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How to delete all photos from iPhone using mac or pc

I'd like to delete all of the photos and videos from my iPhone 5S. I am willing to use [free] software on a mac or PC. Image Capture on a Mac does not have a delete option, before or after import. I ...
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Trying to delete an application that always says it is open (in this case AVG AntiVirus.app)

This is the troubleshooting I've done so far: Went to Applications>Utilities>Activity Monitor and force quit the process. Shortly after doing that AVG shows up again in activity monitor. I went to ...
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Can't delete email from Junk/Trash folders

Late last week I started noticing that I can't delete emails from either Junk or Trash folders in my Mail program. In addition the Mail program seems to run very slowly when sending emails and I ...
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Deleting password from Keychain in terminal

I'm having trouble deleting the github credentials from Keychain Access. Keychain Access just freezes everytime I try. Is there a command to force deletion of an item in the Keychain from the terminal?...
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What happens if you used “rm -rf *” in /Users or /Users/someUser?

Note: Don't type rm or any variation of it into terminal under any circumstances if you are not experienced with the command line Does the Mac OS X block you from using rm in those directories to ...
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Saving Calendar entries when deleting exchange account

Recently left a job and am deleting the Exchange account from my MacBook Air associated with the company. I no longer have access to the account (password has been changed, naturally) but I would ...
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Deleted account still being detected (OS X El Capitan)

I recently got a Macbook and easily set up my user account (admin), plus a standard and guest account. One day, I opened the computer and the screen was frozen. After waiting a few mins, I ...
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consequences of `sudo rm` apps that shipped with the OS (like Photos, Messages, Mail) [duplicate]

I've got numerous OSes installed on my Macintosh laptop for certain reasons. So I'd like to be as lightweight in my OS X as possible. What are the consequences of sudo rm -rf'ing the following ...
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Automatically deleting files that contain a specific content

I would like to make use of the command that looks for a specific phrase in a file: grep -lr "text to find" * provided here and delete all of the found files. How can I generate the relevant ...
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How to delete a list of files and folder generated via find in terminal?

I'm generating a list of files and folder that meet certain criteria with use of a command: find ~/ -iname "whatIwantToRemove" The command will generate some results: /Users/me//.Trash/...
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How to remove app which is greyed out, can't be deleted, won't open and doesn't appear in apps list?

I have this app with a greyed out icon which I'm trying to delete. I tap and hold, and it asks me if I want to delete it and its data. I confirm and nothing happens. I try to open it and nothing ...
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Undeletable directory with several subdirectories

I have noticed a folder on / called "Previous System". After checking that it did not have anything I need, I moved it to the trash. However, when emptying the trash, I get a "file in use" error. ...