How to Uninstall and Reinstall iTunes on Mac (macOS Sierra)

Want to uninstall iTunes on your Mac but find it is not easy to finish? Read this post to learn steps to uninstall and reinstall iTunes on Mac (macOS Sierra included).

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Uninstalling iTunes on Mac requires some skill and tricky. On a Windows PC, you can easily uninstall iTunes from Start menu > Control Panel > Uninstall a program.

However, iTunes is a default application of Mac OS and when you try to drag the iTunes application file to the Trash, a warning message will pop up and say “iTunes” can’t be modified or deleted because it’s required by OS. Don’t be upset. Here in the following, we will show you how to delete iTunes from Mac, and also share you the way to reinstall iTunes. Keep on.

How to Uninstall iTunes on Mac

How to Uninstall iTunes on Mac

Part 1. How to Uninstall and Reinstall iTunes on Mac (macOS Sierra)

Step 1. Go to the Applications folder and find the iTunes app.

Step 2. Right-click on iTunes and select Get Info.

Step 3. Locate and click on the padlock icon at the bottom right of the window, and you need to enter your admin password.

Step 4. Click and expand the Sharing & Permissions section. Change the privileges for “everyone” to Read & Write. This will give you complete control of the iTunes application so you can uninstall iTunes from your Mac.

How to Uninstall iTunes on Mac

How to Uninstall iTunes on Mac

Step 5. Close the Get Info window and drag the iTunes application to the Trash. You can still put back iTunes if you haven’t emptied the Trash.

How to Uninstall iTunes on Mac

How to Uninstall iTunes on Mac

Step 6. To reinstall iTunes, just go to App Store or download from the Apple website.

Part 2. An iTunes Alternative Tool to Manage iOS Files on Mac

If you feel disappointed about iTunes and want to manage your iOS files on Mac in a more flexible way, try an iTunes alternative tool – AnyTrans. It is a 100% safe yet professional iOS File Manager works on PC and Mac, allowing you to export, import as well as backup files on iPhone, iPad, iPod, like music, ringtones, videos, photos, contacts, messages, and other up to 31 file types.

Also, it allows you to manage your iTunes library and iCloud backups, viewing backup details and transferring certain items to computer or deviceWith AnyTrans, you can also transfer files from iPhone to iTunes/Mac/PC, and even to another iOS device. More than anything, unlike iTunes, it will not erase any existing data on your device while syncing. Now, download AnyTrans to have a try >

iTunes Alternative Tool to Manage iOS Files on Mac – AnyTrans

iTunes Alternative Tool to Manage iOS Files on Mac – AnyTrans

Part 3. An iTunes Alternative Tool to Restore Backup

If you choose to uninstall or reinstall iTunes just for restoring backup, then you may have another better choice. PhoneRescue – iOS Data Recovery can easily get back all your lost files from iTunes backup, like photos, videos, messages, contacts, notes, voice memos, etc. even it’s damaged or encrypted. To ensure maximum recovery rate, it offers you 3 recovery modes: Recover from iOS Device (without backup), Recover from iTunes Backup, Recover from iCloud Backup

Also, it allows you to preview and selectively recover the files. That’s to say, you can retrieve the files you needed most, but not a blind full restore. The primary one is that it will not wipe any previous data on your device while restoring from iTunes/iCloud backup. Give it a try to restore your backup now.

iTunes Alternative Tool to Restore Backup - PhoneRescue

iTunes Alternative Tool to Restore Backup – PhoneRescue

The Bottom Line

That’s all for how to uninstall and reinstall iTunes on Mac, hope this guide can bring you convenience. If you feel this article is helpful, you can share it with your friends.

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Joy Taylor

Member of iMobie team as well as an Apple fan, love to help more users solve various types of iPhone related issues.