If you want a Mac to automatically update applications from the Mac App Store, you can easily do this on MacOS Mojave 10.14 or later. This can be useful for using if you want to update Mac applications, but you regularly forget to update them manually or simply want the application update process to be automated.
This tutorial will show you how to enable automatic update of applications in MacOS Mojave or later, and also we will learn how to disable the automatic updates feature for Mac App Store applications.
For some quick backgrounds, the ability to automatically update Mac applications that were originally downloaded from the App Store has been known for some time, but the latest versions of MacOS have changed how the setting works and where it is located. This article is intended for modern versions of MacOS, including Mojave and above, if you have an earlier version of the system software for which you want to enable this feature, you can do it with these instructions.
How to enable automatic update of applications in macOS Mojave
Here is how you can enable automatic updates of the App Store in modern versions of macOS:
- Go to the Apple menu and select “App Store” to open the App Store app on Mac.
- Then open the “App Store” menu and select “Settings.”
- In the App Store settings, select the Auto Update check box to enable the App Store auto update.
- Close settings
Now, any applications that have been downloaded from the Mac App Store will automatically update when updates are available for these applications.
Applications that have been downloaded or installed from places other than the Mac App Store will not automatically update with this option.
If you like the idea of automatic software updates, you can also turn on automatic updates for MacOS system software, which will also keep your Mac OS kernel software up to date.
Make sure you have a good backup solution, such as Time Machine and regularly used if you plan to use automatic updates for applications and system software.
This obviously applies to Mac OS and Mac applications, but if you wish, you can also turn on automatic updating of applications on the iPhone and iPad. In addition, iPhone and iPad users can also enable automatic iOS software updates for these devices.
How to disable automatic update of applications in macOS
You can disable automatic App Store updates in modern versions of MacOS at any time by following these steps:
- Go to the Apple menu and select "App Store"
- Open the “App Store” menu and select “Settings.”
- Uncheck the "Automatic Update" box to disable the automatic update of the App Store at macOS
If this setting is disabled, the App Store applications will no longer automatically update, and instead you will have to manually update the Mac App Store through the App Store Updates tab.
Remember that the walkthrough is designed for modern macOS releases, including macOS Mojave 10.14 and later. Older Mac systems can still use automatic updates, and if you want to use Mac App Store automatic updates on High Sierra, Sierra, El Capitan and Yosemite, or automatic updates of OS X software on High Sierra, Sierra, El Capitan, Yosemite and Mavericks are also options, but the on and off process is different in older releases of system software.