Just like the latest catwalk trends, Apple loves to keep their infinite array of exciting apps updated with the latest technology and helpful functions. If you fancy yourself as a techy Anna Wintour (editor or vogue) wannabe, then here are some helpful tips on how to stay ahead of the times and keep your apps up-to-date…
As Apple aim to forever improve the quality of their products, they periodically release updates for both their applications and their OS X operating system. Thankfully, to updated any ‘Apple’ related product you need only visit one place – your App Store!
Unfortunately updating third party apps (applications and programs that have been developed by someone other than the Apple brand) is a little more tricky. If you would like to find out how, check out our step-by-step tutorial ‘How to Update Third Party Mac Apps’.
How to Update Mac Software Automatically
Wouldn’t it be amazing if your house could clean itself or your bins could grow legs and take themselves out? Whilst we patiently wait for these ingenious ideas to be invented, we can at least take comfort in the fact that our Macs can check for software updates ‘automatically’.
On your Mac, you can activate a very handy tool that regularly connects to your app store and checks all of your Apple programs for the latest releases. If it finds any, you will then be instantly alerted with a pop up.
Check for Mac App Updates Automatically…
1.) Begin by clicking on the Apple logo sitting in the top left of your toolbar.
2.) From the Apple menu, select the option ‘System Preferences’.
3.) A new window will pop up housing a some key Apple icons. Browse through until you see the ‘App Store’ icon. Click on it.
4.) The primary App Store window will show. Inside you will see several options you can activate and cancel.
5.) If you wish to save yourself the hassle and get your Mac regularly scanning for Mac software updates on auto, make sure the option ‘Automatically Check For Updates’ has a tick in the box next to it.
How to check for Mac App Updates Manually?
If you suspect that one or few of your apps are in need of an update, or you have been very naughty and ignored all your update alerts and now wish to finally act on them, you will need to check for Mac app updates manually…
1.) To find out which apps are in need of an update straight away, simply follow steps 1 – 5 above.
2.) So by this stage you should have reached the primary App store window. Towards the bottom you will see a button marked ‘Show Updates’. Click on it and you will discover which apps are embarrassingly untrendy and in need of boosting to the newest version.
3.) Your App store should automatically open up on the ‘Updates Window’. If you have any old fluffy apps in need of a modernize, they will all be listed here.
4.) If your Updates window displays out of date applications, next to them you will see a grey button marked ‘update’. Click this is upgrade individual apps or alternatively tap the ‘Update All’ button at the top of the window.
Tip: It can be easy to get confused once inside the App Store. If for some reason your App Store does not open automatically on the updates page, use the category tabs at the top of the window to navigate there.
Don’t Fret – Some Apple and apps and softwares, such as OS X system updates, may require you to restart you Mac in order to take positive effect. If this is required you should be instructed to do this. However, if you suspect an update has not sprung in to action, try restarting you mac and the mac app update should kick in.
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