Mac Update Apps

Update from the App Store Update from the Updates pane: Click Updates in the sidebar, then do one of the following: Update all apps: Click Update. Update all apps: Click Update All. Update individual apps: Click Update beside each app that you. To have your Mac install app updates from the App Store automatically, select “Install app updates from the App Store.”. To have your Mac install system files and security updates automatically, select “Install system data files and security updates.”.

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Update your apps manually

On your iPhone and iPad, apps that you download from the App Store are automatically updated by default. But if there's an issue, you can update an app manually.

How to manually update apps on your iPhone, iPad, or iPod touch

  1. Open the App Store.
  2. Tap your profile icon at the top of the screen.
  3. Scroll to see pending updates and release notes. Tap Update next to an app to update only that app, or tap Update All.

How to manually update apps on your Mac

  1. Open the App Store.
  2. In the sidebar, click Updates.
  3. Click Update next to an app to update only that app, or click Update All.

If you didn’t get the app from the App Store on your Mac, contact the app developer to get help with updates.

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How to manually update apps on your Apple Watch

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  1. Open the App Store and scroll down to the bottom.
  2. Tap Account.
  3. Tap Updates.
  4. Tap Update next to an app to update only that app, or tap Update All.

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Turn on or turn off automatic updates

If you prefer to manually update all your apps, turn off automatic updates. When you do this, you receive notifications from the App Store each time an update for one of your apps is released.

How to turn on or turn off automatic updates on your iPhone, iPad, or iPod touch

  1. Go to Settings.
  2. Tap App Store.
  3. Turn on or turn off App Updates.

How to turn on or turn off automatic updates on your Mac

  1. Open the App Store.
  2. From the menu bar at the top of the screen, choose App Store > Preferences.
  3. Select or deselect Automatic Updates.

How to turn on or turn off automatic updates on your Apple Watch

  1. Go to Settings > App Store.
  2. Turn on or turn off Automatic Updates.

You can also open the Watch app on your iPhone, scroll to App Store and tap it, then turn on or turn off Automatic Updates.

How to turn on or turn off automatic updates on your Apple TV HD or 4K

  1. Go to Settings > Apps.
  2. Select or deselect Automatically Update Apps.

Ten years ago people didn’t bother to update their software much. If it still works, who cares, right? This type of thinking may cost you dearly in 2021. In fact, every single tip on Mac security today starts with the words “Update your apps.”

Depending on your situation, you can use one of the following ways to refresh your Mac software:

  • Software Updates center in Preferences
  • Mac App Store
  • Dedicated app updater
  • Update apps individually
  • Use Terminal

Reasons to update Mac software

The older apps get, the more vulnerable they are to security issues and the more likely they are to be incompatible with newer software. Really, it’s a hassle we don’t need.

The key to avoiding frustration and lost productivity for me has been to keep my applications as up-to-date as possible. Sometimes, though, this is easier said than done. Out of the box, my Mac doesn’t have a great way to update apps from third-party developers. And it’s not like I can do my job with just standard apps in the Dock.

Some of these updates are more straightforward than others, which is why a one-stop tool like CleanMyMac X has been a lifesaver for me. Below, I’ll walk you through how to update different kinds of apps on your Mac, and recommend some easy fixes to frustrating problems.

How to update apps on MacBook

The most straightforward way to update apps on your Mac is to use the Mac App Store. This feature collects updates to any app you’ve downloaded, as well as your Mac OS operating system.

When you open the update tab, you’ll always see the most recent available versions of your applications, so there’s no need to compare. Plus, the App Store’s updater makes it a snap to download and install all the updates you need at once.

Here’s how:

  1. Click the Apple logo in the top left corner of the screen.
  2. Select “App Store” from the drop-down menu (If you have updates waiting, that menu will show you how many).
  3. You can also open the App Store from the Dock and click the Updates tab to see which of your applications are out of date.
  4. Click the Update button beside each app to start downloading and installing the update, or hit Update All to do them all at once.

You can have the App Store remind you when it’s time to update your OS. In System Preferences, click Software Update and check the box that says “Automatically Keep My Mac Up To Date.” The app will prompt you with a pop-up alert the next time there’s an update ready to install.

Mac AppStore not updating applications? Here’s what to do

Unfortunately, the App Store method only works for software distributed by Apple and other developers through that store. That means that if you want to update any application that you downloaded from another source, you’ll need to find another method.

Some popular third-party apps like Spotify have their own update prompts that appear when new versions are available. Some even have background installers that can auto-update, leaving you one less thing to worry about.

Here’s an example of how to update a third-party app popular with Mac users, Google Chrome:

  1. Click the Chrome drop-down menu in the top left corner.
  2. Select “About Google Chrome”.
  3. Chrome will scan for new versions and let you know if you’re running the most up to date version.
  4. If your version is out of date, click the update button.

Some smaller third party applications might not have a built-in update check. You’ll have to visit the developer’s website periodically to check for new versions. Or, you can install an RSS tracker to monitor the developer’s website for updates, which should make the whole process easier.

Updates don’t always make your life easier. For example, starting macOS Catalina, Macs no longer support 32-bit applications. Many Mac users are finding that older apps don’t work after they install the new OS. If you’re worried about having to choose between apps you rely on and a new OS, it’s better to go without the update for now.

How to update apps on MacBook with CleanMyMac X

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This method is like a turbo-rocket because it updates all your apps at once. Trying to keep everything up to date ended up sapping my productivity. That’s when I decided to try CleanMyMac X. I was already using this powerful tool to cleaning junk off my hard drive and protecting my Mac from malware, but I decided to give the Updater tool a try.

Right off the bat, Updater felt different. It had the same smooth Mac-style interface as the app store, but it showed updates for ALL the apps I had installed. It also imported developer notes and preview screenshots from the App Store and from other sources so I could see exactly what was going to change.

Having it all in one convenient place saved me a lot of time–I can see myself adding an update check to my normal work routine easily.

Here’s how it works:

  1. Open CleanMyMac X — download a free version here.
  2. Select the Updater feature from the left-hand panel.
  3. Check the boxes next to the apps you want to update, or click “Select All.”
  4. Click the large “Update” button.

That’s all it takes! I already rely on CleanMyMac X to handle other tasks, and now I can add app updates to the list.

Recent changes to the Mac operating system mean that software not distributed through the App Store must pass Apple’s notarization process before it will run on macOS Big Sur. CleanMyMac X is already notarized by Apple and will work with Big Sur, so it’s a great tool for getting your other apps up to date.

And the last way is to use Terminal

The Terminal app isn't particularly appealing, but it can do almost anything, if you know the right commands. Updating apps is no different.
Open the Terminal app (you can type its name in the Launchpad)
Paste in the following command:
sudo softwareupdate -i -a

You'll be required to enter your password. This command automatically finds available updates for your software much like the Mac App Store method. But be careful using this method — Terminal is a risky nuclear option and you should double check what you're doing.
Okay, these were my favourite ways to update apps on Mac. Hope you've found something useful here.

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