Observe This Information to Replace Each Single App on Your Mac

Updating the apps on your Mac isn't always as easy as you'd like it to be, especially when you have a mix of Stock, App Store, and non-App Store apps.

Keeping the apps on your Mac updated is the best way to fix known bugs, improve performance, and access newer features. However, the procedure for installing updates varies for App Store apps, native programs, and applications that you downloaded through your web browser.

So if you are feeling confused, this is exactly what you need to do to update all the apps on your Mac.

Update apps from the Mac App Store

The Mac App Store makes downloading and installing apps a breeze. It also allows you to update them just as quickly. Here's how:

  1. Open that Appstore.

  2. Choose Update from the sidebar. Then wait a few seconds and you will see a list of pending app updates.

  3. Choose To update next to the app you want to update. Or choose Refresh all to apply any available app update.

Alternatively, you can search for an app in the App Store seek Bar. If there is a pending update for the app, a To update Option directly in the search results.

Related: Learn about Apple's privacy labels on the App Store

Enable automatic App Store updates

If you forget to update the apps you downloaded from the App Store, you can tell your Mac to keep them up to date on your own. Here's how:


  1. Open that Appstore.

  2. Choose Appstore > settings in the menu bar.

  3. Check the box next to Automatic updates.

Update stock apps with a macOS update

Standard apps – like Calendar, Music, and Notes – don't get updates from the Mac's App Store. The only way to update them is to update the Mac's system software. This is how it works:

  1. Open that Apple Menu and select System settings.

  2. Choose Software update. Then wait a few seconds while your Mac checks for the latest system software updates.

  3. Choose Update now.

You can also configure your Mac to automatically keep its system software up to date by checking the box next to Keep my Mac up to date automatically.

On rare occasions, Apple releases optional updates for its default apps – like Safari – that you can install separately. If you see one Other updates are available Section within the software update screen, select More info, select all available app updates, and select Install now.

Related: How to Update Safari on Mac

Update apps using the app settings

The App Store doesn't list updates for apps you've installed by downloading them directly from your browser. So if you have an app that wasn't from the App Store, you'll need to look for a Check for updates Option in the app itself. You can usually find this in the menu bar of the app, in the status menu (if the app inserts a status symbol) or in the internal area of ​​the app settings or settings Page.

If you're having trouble updating an app, open yours Above Screen and write down the version number. Then compare the versions by going to the developer's website. If you can find a more recent version, remove the app from your Mac and install the newer version.

Some apps (such as third-party browsers like Chrome and Firefox) can update themselves automatically and don't offer a manual update option.

An easier way to keep apps up to date on your Mac is to use app updater tools like MacUpdater and CleanMyMac X. You can use them to check for newer versions of App Store and non-App Store apps. You can then perform the updates manually or upgrade to a paid plan and configure the updater tools yourself to apply the updates.

Download: MacUpdater (Free, Premium Version Available)

Download: CleanMyMac X (Free, subscription available)

Always keep your Mac apps up to date

If you take the time to update the various apps on your Mac, everything will stay in tip-top shape. This is also an excellent opportunity to review and delete programs that you no longer use.

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Dilum Senevirathne
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Dilum Senevirathne is a freelance tech writer and blogger with over three years of experience contributing to online technology publications. He specializes in topics related to iOS, iPadOS, macOS, Windows and Google web apps. Dilum holds an Advanced Diploma in Management Accounting from CIMA and AICPA.

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