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Mac App Store: Buy, download, and install apps

Buy, download, and install apps

You use an Apple ID to purchase apps and download them to your Mac.

If you don't have an Apple ID, you can create one in App Store.

After downloading, apps are automatically installed in the /Applications folder, and app icons appear in Launchpad.

Buy an app

  1. Do one of the following:
    • To use a download code, click Redeem in the Quick Links section, enter a download code, and then click Redeem.

      The Quick Links section is located in the right part of the window shown when you click Featured, Top Charts, or Categories in the toolbar.

    • To purchase an app, find the app in App Store, click the app’s price, and then click Buy App (click Install App for free apps).
  2. If you’re not logged in to the computer as an administrator, enter an administrator’s name and password.
  3. If you’re not signed in to App Store, enter your Apple ID and password, and then click Sign In.
  4. If requested, click Billing Info to enter or verify your billing information.
  5. Click Done to download and install the app.

After downloading begins, the app’s icon and a progress indicator appear in Launchpad and the Finder.

Make in-app purchases

Some apps include the ability to purchase add-ons that unlock features.

  1. After starting a purchase in an app, confirm whether you want to buy the add-on.
  2. In the dialog that appears, enter your Apple ID and password, and then click Sign In.
  3. If requested, click Billing Info to enter or verify your billing information.

App Store then downloads and installs the add-on.

Download purchased apps on all your Mac computers

  • To automatically download apps when you sign in to your account in App Store on other Mac computers, choose Store > Auto Download Purchases from Other Macs.
  • To manually install purchased apps, sign in to your account in App Store, click Purchases, and then install apps.
  • To use copied apps, open the copied app and sign in using the Apple ID you used to purchase the app.

Pause, resume, or cancel an app download

  • To pause or resume a download in App Store, in the toolbar, click Purchases, find the app in the list, and then click Pause or Resume.

    During the download, the amount downloaded and estimated download time remaining are shown.

    While installing, the estimated time remaining is shown.

  • To cancel a download in App Store, in the toolbar, click Purchases, find the app in the list, hold down the Option key, and then click Cancel.
  • To pause or resume a download in Launchpad, click the app icon.
  • To cancel a download in Launchpad, hold down the app icon until all the icons start to jiggle, and then click the app’s delete button (x).
  • To cancel a download in the Finder, click the app's delete button (x).

If a download is interrupted because you lose your Internet connection or quit App Store, App Store starts the download again when the Internet connection is restored or the next time you open App Store.

To start downloading any apps you purchased but haven’t successfully downloaded, choose Store > “Check for Unfinished Downloads.”

View and reinstall purchased apps

  • To view a list of all purchased apps, click Purchases in the toolbar.
  • To install an app, click the Install button for the app in the Purchases list.
  • To hide a purchased app in the Purchases list, hold down the Control key, click the app you want to hide, and then choose Hide Purchase.
  • To view hidden apps, choose Store > View My Account, enter your Apple ID and password, click View Account, and then click View Hidden Purchases. To show a hidden app in the purchased apps list, click its Unhide button.

Uninstall an app

Hold down the app’s icon in Launchpad until all the icons start to jiggle, and then click the app’s delete button (x) to uninstall the app. If you don‘t see a delete button, you can‘t uninstall the app.

You can reinstall the app by viewing the App Store Purchases list and clicking the Install button for the app.

Last Modified: Oct 2, 2012
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