How to Enable Automatic App Updates for Mac Apps in macOS

Uzair Ghani
Enable automatic app updates for apps on Mac

You can enable automatic app updates for apps which you downloaded from the Mac App Store in macOS. Here's how to enable it.

Automatic App Updates are Disabled by Default in macOS, Here's How to Enable the Feature and Stay up to Date All the Time

If you have a lot of apps downloaded and installed on your Mac from the Mac App Store, then it's a good idea to have them update themselves whenever a new version is released. For some reason, Apple doesn't enable automatic app updates for apps downloaded from the Mac App Store, which means there's a high chance you are missing out on a lot of new features and changes which developers push out to you.

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In today's tutorial, we will show you how you can enable automatic app updates on the Mac so you are always up to date when it comes to the latest releases of software downloaded from the Mac App Store.


Step 1. Launch the Mac App Store.

Step 2. In the menu bar, click on Mac App Store and then click on Preferences.

Step 3. Now enable the Automatic Updates option.

From now on, whenever there is a new app update, your Mac will install it whenever you're on Wi-Fi. You don't have to launch the Mac App Store manually to install updates from here on in. The entire process will be automated and happen in the background on its own.

While this feature is great to have, there is one downside which some people must consider - it will eat away your bandwidth if you have a ton of apps installed on your Mac. See, we don't have truly unlimited internet connections at home, therefore it is a great idea to give this feature a little thought before enabling it. If you absolutely hate manually updating apps, then this feature is for you. If you cherish your data allowance more than anything else, then consider keeping it disabled. No wonder Apple didn't enable this feature by default for everyone out there.

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