Cancel Instead Of Pausing Your Mac App Store Updates [OS X Tips]

Cancel Update

When downloading updates in the Mac App Store, it’s a simple thing to start and pause your download. Make sure you’re logged into the correct iTunes account for the specific update, and hit the dark gray Update button when you’re ready. If you want to pause the download, simply hit the same button, which now says Pause.

But what if you want to completely cancel the download and start again later?

Luckily, this is a pretty simple thing to do.

When in the App Store, click on the Update button to start the update process. If you want to cancel the download completely, simply hold down the Option key, which will change the Pause button into a Cancel button. Click on Cancel and the update will stop downloading, no matter where it is in the process (unless it says Installing; in which case, you’re out of luck).

The update will still show up in your Updates tab in the App Store, but it will just start over from the beginning, unlike Pause, which will resume wherever it was in the process of downloading the update.

This could come in handy if you just want to quit an update for any reason, but don’t want to resume it in the near future.

  • NewReader

    I have an app that I purchased through the App Store that appears in my App Store update list. However, several generations back, I switched over to downloading the updated directly from the developer, as the updates appeared there quicker.

    I have never updated the app from the App Store update lists since. I wish to completely delete this app from my App Store monitoring. How can I do this?

  • roblef

    I have an app that I purchased through the App Store that appears in my App Store update list. However, several generations back, I switched over to downloading the updated directly from the developer, as the updates appeared there quicker.

    I have never updated the app from the App Store update lists since. I wish to completely delete this app from my App Store monitoring. How can I do this?

    I wonder if you deleted the app from your computer, and went and downloaded it from the developer (and not the App Store), if your Mac would stop notifying you of Mac App Store updates. Give that a try?

  • NewReader

    Nice suggestion, thanks. Unfortunately, the App Store still offers me the update.

  • Adam Fitzpatrick

    thanks this helped a lot:)

  • http://github.com/tjwudi John Wu

    God, this is the stupidest design ever!!!

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