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OS X Mavericks: Install, update, and uninstall apps

Install, update, and uninstall apps

Choose from thousands of OS X apps to download and install on your Mac. If you no longer want an app, you can easily remove it.

Install apps

  • Buy and download apps from the Mac App Store. After downloading, apps are automatically added to Launchpad.
  • To install apps from a disc, insert the disc into your computer’s optical drive (or an optical drive connected to your computer).
  • To install apps downloaded from the Internet, double-click the disk image or package file (looks like an open box). If the provided installer doesn’t open automatically, open it, then follow the onscreen instructions.

Update apps

  • App Store lets you know when updates are available to apps you purchased or to apps that came with your Mac. In the App Store toolbar, click Updates.
  • To manually check for app updates, choose Apple menu > Software Update.

Uninstall apps

  • To uninstall apps you purchased from the Mac App Store, hold down an app’s icon in Launchpad until all the icons begin to jiggle. Click an app’s delete button (x).

    If an icon doesn’t have a delete button, it can’t be uninstalled. For example, apps that come with OS X can’t be uninstalled.

  • To uninstall other apps, drag the app to the Trash (located at the end of the Dock), then choose Finder > Empty Trash.

    If you change your mind, before emptying the Trash, select the app in the Trash, then choose File > Put Back.

    Warning: When you empty the Trash, the app is permanently removed from your Mac. If you have any files that you created with the app, you may not be able to open them.
Last Modified: May 8, 2014
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