This article describes how to purchase (download and install), update and remove Mac OS X apps (free or paid).
How to install, update and uninstall applications (from the Mac OSX App Store)
How to install
1.You may easily install apps from the Mac App Store (Mac OS X v10.6.6 or later). Here is how:
- Open the Mac App Store. There are multiple ways to launch the Mac App Store. For instance; (a) You may open the Mac App Store by clicking App Store from the Apple Menu () (b) You may open the Mac App Store by clicking the App Store icon in your Dock and (c) you may also launch the Store by double-clicking the App Store icon in your Applications folder.
2.After opening the App Store, you may browse apps. There are several ways to browse for apps:Featured, Top Charts, Categories. Find an app that you want to download and use.
3. Find an app to install (free or paid) then click the app’s price (it may also say free) then click Buy App for paid app or Install App for free app. If you are installing a paid app, the cost of the app will be charged to your Apple ID bank account. If you do not have an Apple ID account, you may easily create one.
4.After installing, apps are automatically installed in the /Applications folder.
1.You may download purchased apps on all your Mac computers by choosing System Preferences > Store > Auto Download Purchases from Other Macs, if you are using multiple Macs.
2.If any apps could not be downloaded successfully for any reason (e.g. no Internet connection), you may check them by going Store > “Check for Unfinished Downloads.”
How to update
To update your apps, you may choose Software Update from the Apple menu () OR open the Mac App Store and click “Updates”. You may also change app update settings in System Preferences (System Preferences > App Store).
How to remove
To remove apps that you downloaded from the Mac App Store, open Launchpad and hold down the app’s icon until all the app icons jiggle, and then click the delete button (x). Note that you may re-download your purchased apps by going to Mac App Store > Purchases. You cannot delete built-in apps like Safari, FaceTime etc.
How to install, update and remove apps (from the Web)
You may also download and install apps from a web site, however this process can be little more complicated. Here is how:
1.Note that steps described here may vary among different software publishers.
2.By default, Mac OS X only allows users to install apps from verified sources. You may want to change this settings by going to System Preferences > Security & Privacy > General tab > select Anywhere under the section named Allow apps downloaded from:.
3.After you find an app, download it on your Mac. After downloading, it must be un-packaged. Usually app developers package their software in two ways: Zip files or Disk images (dmg files). Simply, double click to open. If it is a dmg file, by double clicking , you “mount” the disk image into the machine. Now it will appear as another device under Devices in the Finder. Once you install the app, you can uninstall the .dmg file by clicking the eject button in the Finder and you may also delete the downloaded .dmg file.
4.You may copy the app to your Applications folder by dragging it to the Applications folder. You may add the app to the Dock by dragging its icon to Dock, if you like that.
How to remove
1.First, drag the app or folder of programs that you want to uninstall to the Trash. Also note there may be some (preferences, support etc) files left on the hard drive. You may want to remove them also.To do this, search for files with the program’s name or developer’s name in the “~/Library/Preferences/” (user’s library); and “/Library/Preferences/” (system-wide), and the “~/Library/Application Support/” and “/Library/Application Support/” folders; them move any files you find to the Trash.