I love my Chromebook and I love making use of the Linux environment to add some fun functional to my Chromebook. Such as being able to play Minecraft on my Galaxy Chromebook. However, removing apps on Chromebooks isn’t nearly as simple as it is on Windows or Mac. There isn’t a centralized uninstall all the programs menu and at first, it isn’t clear.
Search & Uninstall Method
One such method is to perform a search for the app you’re looking to uninstall and you know the name, such as Minecraft. After you perform the search click it with two fingers and select the unnistall from the menu.
As you can see you simply need to click uninstall and then it will go ahead and remove the app while keeping Linux in place.
Option 2 Terminal
If you’re not afraid of using Terminal you are able to uninstall any app so long as you know it’s name. You can adapt this code to any app so long as you know it’s name.
sudo apt-get remove minecraft
Naturally, all you need to do is swap out Minecraft with the name of the app you’re looking to delete. Functionally this works just like the above method it will remove all files to reclaim your disk space. It’s really a matter of personal preference sometimes you might have difficulty finding the app via searching if you have many apps installed.
Option 3 Uninstall Linux For Chromebook
Finally if you have many Linux apps installed and you want to start anew you can simply uninstall the entire Linux instance. This will remove any Linux apps you have installed as well but it is a good way of getting back to the start if that’s what you’re looking for. To uninstall Linux open up the Chrome OS settings (by searching for settings or clicking the cog in the notification center).
After this you need to click Linux (Beta), tap on Linux and then check remove next to Remove Linux For Chromebook like the above picture.
These are all of your options for removing Linux Apps on your Chromebook. Personally I just search for the app and remove it unless I already have terminal open (which happens when I am installing another app or running updates). If you have any questions about the above methods please feel free to ask in the comments below and I will try to help you out!