Even though digitization is the new way to operate. There are still some situations where you need a hard copy of your documents.
For example, when you need to print out your certificates for a job interview or print some photos to create an art piece for your kid’s school.
But these situations arise very rarely nowadays when you need to print something as digital documents are acceptable everywhere. In this case, there is no purpose in keeping a printer on your Mac, especially when your disk space is already running out.
In addition, if you are replacing your old printer, you need to install drivers for the new printer in System Preferences to run it. So, there is no need to keep your old printers on your system and increase their workload.
It is pretty simple to uninstall a printer from your Mac. You can both manually and automatically uninstall a printer. Let’s explore all the options in detail.
If you have replaced your old printer, you should delete it from your Mac. That’s because old printer drivers can conflict with the new driver files, disturbing the printer’s features. Plus, when you have no plan to connect a printer with your Mac, what is the purpose of keeping its drivers and overloading your disk space.
So, following these steps, you can quickly delete printer drivers on your Mac:
Step 1. Go to the Apple Menu and select System Preferences.
Step 2. After that, click on the Printers & Scanners pane.
Step 3. Navigate to the printer that you want to remove from the sidebar.
Step 4. Now, just click on the ‘-‘ sign from the bottom of the sidebar to remove printer drivers from your system.
When you delete a printer in System Preferences, it becomes unavailable in the Print dialogue box. But, it doesn’t completely uninstall your system.
For that, you need to delete all the files that a printer has installed on your Mac. Below we have explained 3 easy options to uninstall a printer on your Mac:
Option 1. Use the Printer Uninstaller File
If your printer manufacturer has an uninstaller, which will probably be available in your Applications folder, it is the best way to uninstall a printer on your Mac. Here’s how this option works:
Step 1. Head over to the Application folder on your Mac. Now, look for a folder with your printer’s manufacturer name that you want to uninstall.
Step 2. After that, scroll down to the Uninstaller file and double-click to open it.
Step 3. Simply follow the on-screen instructions to remove all the printer files from your computer.
Option 2. Go to Finder
If your printer manufacturer has no uninstaller, you have to manually find and delete the printer driver. Unfortunately, it is a time-consuming task as your printer drivers have installed several files in different locations on your Mac.
So, you have to find all the possible printer driver files and manually drag them to the Trash. To complete this mammoth task, follow these steps:
Step 1. Go to the Finder icon in the Dock.
Step 2. Select the Go Menu and next click on the Go to Folder.
Step 3. Paste the following path into the text field, one by one. At every location, look for the files with your printer manufacturer’s name and drag them to the Trash folder.
Step 4. Cross-check all the folders to ensure that no printer files remain behind. Once you are sure, empty the Trash to permanently get rid of all the printer drivers.
Option 3. Use Third-party Tools
In the absence of your printer manufacturer uninstaller, it is not easy to uninstall all printer files manually. It takes time, and you can also delete the important files by mistake. Thus, the easiest solution is to get a powerful tool like CleanMyMac X.
CleanMyMac X is the perfect tool to remove unwanted files from your Mac and maintain its performance. Using its Uninstaller module, you uninstall most applications, including print drivers.
Here’s how to uninstall a printer using CleanMyMac X:
Step 1. Install CleanMyMac X for free on your Mac.
Step 2. Launch the application and select the Uninstaller in the sidebar.
Step 3. Search for the printer name you want to uninstall in the search box.
Step 4. Once the drivers appear in the right-hand pane, check the box next to them and click on the Uninstall.
If you have to reconnect your old printer to your Mac machine by chance, maybe your new printer is not useful or needs repair. In that case, you can easily reinstall a printer on your Mac.
There you have several options to reinstall printers to your Mac, like:
With a USB
With WiFi or network
Via IP address
Or connecting to an AirPort Time Capsule
For this guide, let’s quickly see how to add a printer using a USB:
Step 1. Go to the Apple menu > App Store.
Step 2. Click on the Updates to install the latest software updates. If there are no updates available, your MacOS already has the latest updates on your printer’s software.
Step 3. Using the user manual, unpack your printer and install toner or ink cartridges.
Step 4. Test to ensure there are no errors.
Step 5. Connect the printer to your Mac using the USB cable. A message will prompt on your screen to download new software.
Step 6. Download and install the software.
Uninstalling a printer in System Preferences is simple. But unfortunately, it doesn’t completely uninstall the printer from the Mac. For that, you need to uninstall every file that printer manufacturers have installed on your system.
And doing that manually will take too much time. Thus, third-party tools like CleanMyMac X are the best option. It will not only uninstall printer drivers but also helps to maintain your Mac’s health.
Now, the choice is yours. We know you will make a wise decision.
If you find this post helpful, don’t forget to check our other Mac guides.