How to Get Rid of Obnoxious Update Alerts on Your Mac

Published On 06/15/2016 Published On 06/15/2016
screenshot of software update alert on Mac
Screenshot via Mac OS X/Oren Aks

They invariably pop up at the least opportune moment, when you're trying to wrap up some important work email or, worse yet, mid-Netflix binge. They're software update notifications -- those unwelcome, near-daily interruptions reminding you that some piece of random software -- or the OS itself -- has an available update to install. Ain't nobody got time for that right now, I'll do it later you think to yourself, and immediately dismiss it by tapping "Remind me tomorrow." Thus begins an irritating daily routine until you eventually give in and install it.

Well, my friends, I come bearing great news -- you can easily disable those pesky little windows for good! Here's how.

Screenshot via Mac OS X

First, go to System Preferences (either via the Apple icon on the navigation bar along the top of the screen or the cog wheel in the application dock). Find the "App Store" icon and click it.

Now, uncheck the box that says "Automatically check for updates." This does exactly what it sounds like: liberates you from the barrage of pop-up notifications we all hate. Freedom! (By the way, if you're also being plagued with constant "Not Enough Storage" alerts on your iPhone, there's a fix for that, too.)

Here's the caveat: ditching regular software update install reminders is one thing, but not updating your Mac software is bad. So, if you're going to forego the reminders altogether, you'll want to periodically check in and see what needs an update every month or two. This is easy -- simply go back to the App Store and it'll show you a comprehensive rundown of every available update, and give you the option to download them right then and there.

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Joe McGauley is a senior writer for Thrillist and would appreciate if software updates could just, like, be a little more self-sufficient, you know?



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