Uninstalling & Reinstalling

By uninstalling Typeface you make sure the app doesn’t activate or deactivate any fonts. This may be helpful when troubleshooting activation issues.

Removing the app

Before uninstalling Typeface make sure to export a backup of your tags first. This ensures that you’ll be able to restore your tags at a later time — you don’t want to lose your carefully organised library!

Once you’ve double checked you’ve created a backup quit the app by choosing Typeface > Quit Typeface from the main menu. There are no secret processes running in the background, so when you quit Typeface nothing will be running on your Mac anymore.

You can uninstall Typeface app by simply removing it from the /Applications folder. Since Typeface does not install any separate processes or plugins, removing the app is all you need to do.

  1. Choose Typeface > Quit Typeface, or press CommandQ to quit the app
  2. Open Finder
  3. Navigate to the /Applications folder
  4. Locate Typeface.app
  5. Click and hold the application icon, then drag it to the Trash icon in the Dock. Alternatively, you can right-click (control-click) the application icon and select Move to Trash.

Cleaning up app data

Typeface does not copy or move your font files, so there are no hidden locations you’ll need to remove to save disk space. Your imported font files remain stored in their original location on your Mac.

The app does store some information such as backups, logs, settings etc. in the app data folder. If you’d reinstall Typeface the app uses this same data, so all imports and settings will be restored and available again.

To remove all app data you can manually remove the appropriate folder, depending on which version of the app you had installed:



Mac App Store






You can find and remove the app data folder in Finder:

  1. Open Finder
  2. Choose Go > Go to Folder, or press CommandShiftG
  3. Copy and paste one of the paths above, then press Go
  4. Move the highlighted Typeface folder to somewhere else, for example to your Desktop, if you’d like to keep a backup. Otherwise you can move the folder to the Trash. If you only see a Data folder and Container.plist, choose Go > Enclosing Folder from the Finder main menu to go up one level. The Typeface folder should show a small fox icon.

⚠️ Caution: Please be aware that the data folder may contain personal user data such as your license file, preferences, backups and synced Google Fonts. Make sure to create backups if you’re not sure you’ll need this data later. You may lose access to personal data.

Removing helper files

If you’ve used Auto Activation or the Font Switch feature Typeface may have installed some application helpers. These helpers allow communicating with other apps. Without Typeface running these helpers do nothing, they’re not automatically started when you launch design apps.

You can remove them by following these steps:

  1. Open Finder
  2. Choose Go > Go to Folder, or press CommandShiftG
  3. Copy and paste one of the following paths, then press Go


~/Library/Application Scripts/com.criminalbird.typeface.standalone

Mac App Store

~/Library/Application Scripts/com.criminalbird.typeface


~/Library/Application Scripts/com.criminalbird.typeface-setapp


~/Library/Application Scripts/com.criminalbird.typeface.beta

The folder may be empty if Typeface did not install any helpers. The app will recreate the helper files when necessary.

Reinstalling Typeface

To reinstall Typeface first download the latest version of the app. Make sure to download from the same store you’ve used to purchase the app. The Standalone, Mac App Store and Setapp versions all use a different folder to store app data. So if you install a different version the app will use a different library.

If you haven’t removed any application data your imports and settings will still be there after reinstalling. It’s like the app has never been gone!

If you did remove all app data then Typeface will launch with an entirely fresh library and will start to import system fonts from Font Book. Don’t forget to restore your license to register the app again.