How to permanently uninstall and remove Wakefy from your Mac

If you've been using Wakefy and after uninstalling it the alarm keeps firing, you might want to keep reading to learn how to safely and completely uninstall remove Wakefy from your Mac permanently.

The reason this happens is because you probably uninstalled Wakefy while an alarm was set up, essentially giving Wakefy no time to turn any active alarms off.

This is a known bug that occurs under certain systems when you move the app to the Trash while the app is still open and it has an armed (i.e.: not muted) alarm. This happens because Wakefy relies on some system files to work properly and when you suddently remove the app, you prevent it from firing any uninstall or alarm muting routine.

Most tutorials out there won't work because they don't remove those system files that Wakefy relies on. But don't worry, we've prepared an easy uninstall script and a step-by-step tutorial that you can follow and get Wakefy uninstalled in no time.

Solution 1: Workaround without completely uninstalling Wakefy

The quickest workaround would be to download the app again or recover it from the trash, and mute the alarm from there. Renaming or moving the location of the Spotify app will also prevent Wakefy from firing.

Solution 2: Completely uninstalling and removing Wakefy from your Mac with the official uninstall script

Please follow these steps carefully:

  1. Download the uninstall script
  2. Extract the .command file
  3. If it says something about not having enough permissions when double clicking it, there's a couple of additional steps:
    • Open "Terminal". A screen where you can write commands should pop up.
    • Write:
      chmod u+x
    • and add space after the x
    • Now drag and drop the uninstall .command file to the Terminal window. The file path to that script should be added after the x , resulting in something like:
      chmod u+x /Users/username/Downloads/uninstall-wakefy-script.command
    • Press enter
    • This chmod thing should have granted appropriate permissions to the script on your computer, allowing it to run.
  4. Now try to open the script. It should just work by double clicking it. Please follow the instructions.
This should completely uninstall Wakefy from your system. If you're still having any trouble, please reach out at hi@wakefy.com.

Solution 3: Manual removal in case the uninstall script doesn't work

If you've followed the steps above (recommended) and it still doesn't work, here's how you can manually remove and uninstall Wakefy so the alarm doesn't keep firing:

  • Open "Terminal". A screen where you can write commands should pop up.
  • Copy and paste the following line:
    crontab -l | sed -e '/#wakefy/s/^#*/#/g' | crontab -
  • Press Enter.
  • Remove Wakefy.app from the Applications folder
  • Turn scheduled startup off:
    1. Go to System Preferences. Click on the Apple icon at the top-left corner of your desktop, then click System Preferences.
    2. Open the Energy Saver section.
    3. Click the "Schedule..." button that's located at the lower right corner
    4. In the dialog that pops up, make sure the "Startup or wake" option is deactivated. If not, uncheck it.
    5. Click "Ok" and close the System Preferences window. This should prevent your computer from automatically turning off at the scheduled alarm time.
This should completely uninstall Wakefy from your system. If you're still having any trouble, please reach out at hi@wakefy.com.

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