How to uninstall, reinstall, and update Zoom on Mac

How to uninstall, reinstall, and update Zoom on Mac

Zoom is a real-time messaging, cloud-based video conference solution, that enables the sharing of digital content as part of the features of the communication and conferencing platform ZOOM. Zoom Meetings for desktop and mobile provide a virtual meeting platform to make every meeting a great one. It is a very secure, reliable video platform that powers all of your communication needs, including meetings, chats, phone, webinars, and online events. Here are some interesting guides: How to install Zoom video conference software in Linux System, how to download a shared ZOOM recording, how to fix unable to access the microphone on Zoom, Virtual Background: Why is the Zoom blurred background option not available to you on Mac, and how to stop Zoom App from launching automatically at startup on Mac. In this guide, you will learn how to uninstall, reinstall, and update Zoom on Mac.

One may ask, why would you uninstall and re-install Zoom? If you are having issues with your current version and wish to perform a new installation, this guide will help you to remove Zoom from your device. If you want to remove Zoom completely from your device, this guide is also for you.

Note: Uninstalling Zoom on Mac from version 4.4.53932.0709 and above is pretty straightforward. If your version of Zoom is lower than the version here, kindly head over to the section on how to uninstall Zoom version 4.4.53909.0617 and below. Here are some related guides as well: How to install Zoom on macOS Big Sur, Mojave, Catalina, High Sierra, and Capitan, how to remove a user from a Slack Channel, and how turn off calls from iPhone: How to unlink FaceTime from Mac.

Uninstall Zoom

Open the Zoom desktop application as shown below. Select zoom.us at the top of your screen and select Uninstall Zoom.

Uninstall Zoom application

Select OK to confirm uninstalling the Zoom desktop application and all of its components

Click on OK to uninstall

You will be required to enter your password in order for the Zoom installer to make the required changes to your PC. When you are done, click on OK.

Enter Password and click OK

Uninstall Zoom version 4.4.53909.0617 and below

Since the uninstallation of Zoom version 4.4.53909.0617, below are the steps to complete the uninstallation.

1: Open Finder.
2: Select Go at the top of your screen.
3: Select Go to Folder...
4: Once opened, input ~/.zoomus/
5: Move ZoomOpener to your trash.

Once completed, repeat steps 3 through 5 for the following folders and files:
-  Folder: /Applications/ Move to Trash: zoom.us.app
-  Folder: ~/Applications/ Move to Trash: zoom.us.app
-  Folder: /System/Library/Extensions/ Move to Trash: ZoomAudioDevice.kext
-  Folder: ~/Library/Application\ Support/ Move to Trash: zoom.us

Note: Zoom may not be installed in both the /Applications and ~/Applications folders. Once completed, download Zoom from our download center and reinstall as discussed below. 

Note that if you installed Zoom on another directory, you will have to find all the indicated files on those directories instead. You can use the Finder to search for individual files rather than opening specific folders.

Install Zoom Desktop Client

Now that you have uninstalled Zoom, you can proceed with the steps below to have Zoom installed. Head over to the Zoom download centre. Next, click on the Zoom Desktop Client as shown below to download it.

Note: At the bottom left of your screen, the Zoom installer (That is the zoomusInstallerFull.pkg for macOS) will automatically start downloading the Zoom desktop client. 
Download Zoom Desktop Client

Oftentimes, this Zoom installer will start automatically. If this does not happen, double-click on the Zoom installer to begin the desktop client install. On the Welcome to the Zoom installer, please on continue to proceed.

Click on Continue

The installation is very basic. Therefore, I will skip over the Destination selection. On the “Installation Type”, Click on Install. If you wish to specify a different Install Location, you can do it also in this window.

Click Install

As you can see below, you will be required to authenticate in order for the installer to install Zoom. Kindly enter your password and click on Install Software.

enter password and Click Install software

As you can see, the installation has started and was completed successfully.

Upgrade Zoom Application

Zoom regularly provides new versions of the Zoom desktop client app to release new features and fix bugs. They recommend upgrading to the latest version whenever is available in order to receive the best video and audio experience. Also, you can also automatically keep Zoom up to date.

To update Zoom, launch Zoom and select zoom.us at the top of your screen. Next, you will have to select “Check for Updates” as shown in the image below.

Launch Zoom Application and Check for Updates
Alternatively, to upgrade Zoom, sign in to Zoom desktop client, and click your profile picture then click Check for Updates.

If there are updates, you will be prompted to install, and when the installation completes, the following screen will be prompted. Kindly click on Done when complete.


When there are no installation updates, the following Window will be prompted below.


I hope you found this blog post on How to uninstall, reinstall, and update Zoom on Mac helpful. Please let me know in the comment session if you have any questions.

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