For some reasons you may want to remove Apple Mobile Device Support, which is one of the iTunes components. But most users don’t know that to achieve the complete removal, they need to get rid of the whole iTunes package. For users who need to remove any other related components or uninstall iTunes before reinstalling it, this article will be helpful as well.
If you’re worried that performing the removal would cause the loss of the media you brought from the iTunes Store or songs you import from CDs by, don’t be. Those files are saved in your My Music folder by default, and they won’t be deleted when you remove Apple Mobile Device Support by uninstalling iTunes.
Now take a look at what software components iTunes has:
You need to uninstall all these programs to completely uninstall iTunes. Although it’s highly unlikely that you’ll lose any of your iTunes Library when going through the steps below, it’s still good practice to regularly backup your iTunes library.
Uninstall iTunes to Remove Apple Mobile Device Support
In general cases, removing iTunes and its related components from the Control Panel will delete all supporting files belonging to those programs. Yet in some rare cases, files might be left behind. So I have listed all the necessary steps to perform:
1. Stop the iTunes process from running in the background. Hit Ctrl + Alt + Del to check the Task Manager, on the Processes tab, locate the iPodServices.exe (if it exists) in the list, and hit End Process
Skipping this, you may later receive a message saying “Cannot delete iPodService.exe: It is being used by another person or program.”
2. Right-click the iTunes icon on the desktop/in the Start menu, select Properties to find out which Local Disk your iTunes is installed on and remember it.
3. To open the list of currently installed programs:
Windows 7: in the Start menu, click the Control Panel > Uninstall a program.
Windows 8: right-click the Windows Logo in the bottom-left corner of your screen, and select Control Panel > Uninstall a program.
Windows 10: in the Start menu, click Settings > System > Apps & features.
4. Successively uninstall the following programs:
- Apple Software Update
- Mobile Device Support
- Apple Application Support 32-bit
- Apple Application Support 64-bit
(On some systems, iTunes might install two versions of Apple Application Support. This is expected. If both are present, be sure to uninstall both.)
Please note that uninstalling these components in a different order or only uninstalling some of them WILL NOT have intended effects. So, the point is to closely follow the steps that the program was designed to require.
5. Wait for the default uninstaller of each program to finish its job.
When you try to uninstall iTunes, remove Apple Mobile Device Support or any other related programs from your PC, you might see a “Windows installer package” error message saying “There is a problem with this Windows installer package. A program required for this install to complete could not be run. Contact your support personnel or package vendor.” Here are the solutions.
6. After you have uninstalled iTunes or all its related components, check for their leftovers:
Windows 7: In the Start menu, select Computer.
Windows 8: point to the upper-right corner of your screen, moving the mouse cursor down, click Search on the charms bar, type “File Explorer” in the box then click on the result.
Windows 10: Enter “File Explorer” in the taskbar box.
7. In Computer, open the Local Disk your programs are installed on (Found out in Step 2).
8. Find out whether my Windows is 32-bit or 64-bit.
32-bit version of Windows: go to the said Local Drive (X:)/Programs Files
64-bit version of Windows: check both Local Drive (X:)/Programs Files & Local Drive (X:)/Programs Files (x86)
Delete the following folders if they exist:
9. 32-bit version of Windows: go to the said Local Drive (X:)/Programs Files/Common Files
64-bit version of Windows: check both Local Drive (X:)/Programs Files/Common Files & Local Drive (X:)/Programs Files (x86)/Common Files
Open the Apple folder and delete the following folders if they exist:
- Mobile Device Support
- Apple Application Support
10. Right-click the Recycle Bin icon on the desktop, and select Empty Recycle Bin to completely remove Apple Mobile Device Support & iTunes.
Remove Apple Mobile Device Support & iTunes more Easily
There are many tools you can easily get on the Internet, the hard part is which to choose. If you have kinda lost your way, take my preparation — a good general-purpose tool that is available in most versions of Windows and works with types of programs:
1. Click the green download button on the page to download & install Max Uninstaller, then run it.
2. Find & select iTunes in the Programs list, and click “Run Analysis,” a list of all the related files will be displayed > hit “Complete Uninstall” and follow the prompts to proceed.
3. Click “Scan Leftovers” when the button turns to green. This is to scan for the program’s vestiges, which will also be displayed in a list. You can review the list for details, then hit “Delete Leftovers” to remove iTunes.
To check whether you’ve done the removal well, click “Back to Step1.” You will be brought back to the programs list, where you can see all the currently installed programs on the system. iTunes should be gone by now, and you get to remove Apple Mobile Device Support & the rest of iTunes components by performing the same 3 steps above.
Need to Reinstall iTunes and Related Components?
1. After you have successfully uninstalled iTunes, reboot your computer (if you haven’t already).
2. Download & install the latest version of iTunes.
3. For further assistant towards how to correctly remove Apple Mobile Device Support or iTunes, leave messages below to let us know or look for more information on the iTunes Support page.
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