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How to Manage App Updates And Downloads In The App Store in Mac

How to Manage Updates And Downloads In Your Mac's App Store

When you need or want to download an app on your Mac, probably the first place you look for it is the App Store as it's the fastest and simplest way to download and update apps. The App Stores has about 1.96 million various apps ranging from games to productivity to apps that can help you develop other apps.

How to Manage App Updates And Downloads In The App Store in Mac

In the App Store, you can easily manage app downloads and their updates. With a few clicks, you can find and download an app or update it if a newer version is released. With the App Store, you can also turn on Automatic Updates, which will update all your apps automatically. Enable Automatic Downloads that will save you time and download all purchased apps on all your devices connected to the same Apple ID. There is also a possibility to cancel any update or download while the process is in progress. This option can be very helpful if you accidentally clicked on the button to update or download the app.

Although the App Store is quite convenient, sometimes you may run into problems. For example, the update or download process can get stuck, or the app doesn't update itself when you click on the "update" button. These issues can be irritating and waste your time, but the issue is usually nothing big, and you can solve it in a couple of minutes.

In this article, you'll find information on how to turn on and off Automatic Updates and Automatic Downloads, how to cancel app download and their updates, and how to troubleshoot download and update problems.

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How to Enable or Disable Automatic Updates

To keep your apps from the App Store updated all the time, you can enable automatic updates for all downloaded apps.

To turn on Automatic Updates, follow the steps below:

1. Launch the App Store.
2. In the menu bar, click on "App Store" and go to "Preferences".

Go to App Store preferences

3. Then, check the box next to "Automatic Updates".

Enable automatic updates

You might need to enter your Mac's admin password

Now the App Store will automatically download and install app updates.

To turn Off Automatic Updates, follow the steps below:

1. Launch the App Store.
2. In the menu bar, click on "App Store" and go to "Preferences".
3. Then, uncheck the box next to "Automatic Updates".

When you turn off Automatic Updates, you will need to update all apps manually.

To update apps manually, follow the steps below:

1. Launch the App Store.
2. Then, go to "Updates".
3. To update apps individually, click on "Update" next to the app. In the upper right corner of the window, you can click on "Update All" to update all apps.

Updtae apps in the App Store

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How to Cancel App Update in The App Store

Suppose you started to update an app but seconds later decides you don't want to update it. You can quickly cancel the update with one click.

To cancel app update, follow the steps below:

1. Find the app in the Update window.
2. When the app is updating, you will see a square in the middle of a circle. Click on it to stop the update.

Cancel app update in the App Store

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How to Enable And Disable Automatic Downloads

When you purchase and download an app in the App Store, the app isn't automatically downloaded to your other devices. By enabling Automatic Downloads, the app will be automatically downloaded to your other devices as well, so you don't have to download it manually again.

To enable Automatic Downloads, follow the steps below:

1. Launch the App Store.
2. In the menu bar, click on "App Store" and go to "Preferences".

Go to App Store preferences

3. Then, check the box next to "Automatically download apps purchased on other devices".

Enable automatic downloads in the App Store

You might need to enter your Mac's admin password.

Every time you purchase something in the App Store on one device, it will be downloaded to your other devices. Keep in mind that you have to be logged in with the same Apple ID on other devices.

To disable Automatic Downloads, follow the steps below:

1. Launch the App Store.
2. In the menu bar, click on "App Store" and go to "Preferences".
3. Then, uncheck the box next to "Automatically download apps purchased on other devices".

When Automatic Downloads are disabled, you will have to download purchased apps on other devices manually.

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How to Cancel App Download in The App Store

Suppose you accidentally started a download or changed your mind while the app is downloading. In this case, you can cancel the download while it's still downloading.

To cancel app download, follow the steps below:

1. Locate the app in the App Store.
2. When the app is downloading, you will see a square in the middle of a circle. Click on it to stop the download process.

Cancel app download in the App Store

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What to Do If a Download or Update is Stuck In The App Store

Sometimes, when an app is updating or downloading, data transmission can get stuck. Fortunately, there are few things you can do to fix the issue.

  • Force Quit App Store Using Activity Monitor

If you never used Activity Monitor, it's a great tool to quit unresponsive apps, view your Mac's performance, see all running programs, and more.

To force quit App Store, follow the steps below:

1. Launch Activity Monitor from the Launchpad, Spotlight, or Utilities.
2. In the app list, find "App Store" and click on the "X" button located in the Activity Monitor menu bar.

Click on the X button in Activity Monitor

3. Then, click on "Force Quit".

Fore quit the App Store

  • Log Out and Back Into The App Store

Try to log out and then back into the App Store and check if the problem is solved.

To log out and back into the App Store, follow the steps below:

1. When the App Store is opened, in the upper menu, click on "Store".
2. Then, click on "Sign Out".

Sign out of the App Store

3. When you're signed out, click on "Sign In" located in the bottom left corner of the App Store window.

Sign in to the App Store

4. Enter your Apple ID and password.

  • Clear App Store Cache Files

Try removing App Store cache files as sometimes a few of them might be corrupted, consequently interrupting App Store operations.

To clear the App Store cache, follow the steps below:

1. Quit the App Store.
2. Open Terminal from the Launchpad, Spotlight, or Utilities.
3. In the Terminal window, enter the line: open $TMPDIR../C/com.apple.appstore/

Open App Store cache files using Terminal

4. Find and delete the file: com.apple.AppStore

Delete App Store cache

5. Launch the App Store and try downloading or updating the app again.

  • Check Your Internet Connection

If your internet is slow or the connection is breaking, updates or download might take very slow, giving the impression that it's stuck. If possible, try connecting to a different network or a mobile hotspot and check if the process speeds up.

  • Update Your Mac's Operating System

Check if there are any available updates for your macOS. There could be a bug in the system that's affecting the App Store.

To check for system updates, follow the steps below:

1. In the menu bar, click on the Apple logo.
2. Go to "System Preferences".
3. Then, go to "Software Updates".

Go to Software Updates

4. Wait while your Mac looks for updates. Update your Mac if found any.

Check for software updates

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We hope this article was helpful!

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