Update Whenever You Like – Disable App Auto Updating In Mavericks Beta [OS X Tips]

Disable Auto Updates

Just like in iOS, OS X Mavericks beta has gone to auto-updating of apps. This way, you don’t have to click thorugh to the Mac App Store each time it gets a red badge of update and click the Update or Update all buttons. It’s pretty slick, and will be a time saver as more and more apps run through the Mac App Store.

But what if you want to update things on your own schedule, or check the list of potential updates, picking and choosing the updates you want to activate, and ignore the ones you don’t?

All you need to do is disable auto-updating, and here’s how.

First, launch System Preferences and click on the newest icon there, the App Store preferences icon. Like iOS, you’re able to have your Mac automatically check for updates. Unlike iOS, you have a finer grained control over which updates will happen automatically.

If you don’t want to check for any updates, uncheck the box next to Automatically check for updates. However, if you want updates to be checked for, leave it checked.

Now, you can decide what happens from there. If you want new updates to be downloaded, and then notified when they’re ready for install, check the next box down, Download newly availabe updates in the background.

If you want to disable app updates, uncheck the next box down, Install app updates. If you want to disable system updates, uncheck the box down from there, Install system data files and security numbers.

In other words, if you just want to know that there are updates, but not have them download or install, keep the top box checked, and uncheck all the sub-options.

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  • joewaylo

    I don’t recall iOS auto-updating apps yet. Nor iTunes iOS Apps updating automatically. They notify me to new updates, but they have yet to download automatically. Even with “Use Cellular Data” set to ON.

  • patrickahles

    I don’t recall iOS auto-updating apps yet. Nor iTunes iOS Apps updating automatically. They notify me to new updates, but they have yet to download automatically. Even with “Use Cellular Data” set to ON.

    This is an iOS 7 feature. So indeed it is not auto-updating yet. Bad wording in the article…

  • calmasacow

    iOS7 does indeed Autoupdate and it is awesome and it gets rid on one of the most annoying aspects of iOS. The constant barrage of app updates. No more you have 60 app updates. To be honest I wish apple would put some kinda cap on it I mean unless you can prove some kinda security flaw in you app is gonna seriously mess thing sup and it needs to be updated ASAP you should be limited to like one patch every 90 days. some of the app developers it seems like update ever damn week. Very annoying.

    But anyway I would never want to turn off Auto updating

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