How to Update Apps from the Mac App Store

Jan 16, 2011 - 6 Comments

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When an update is available for any apps installed through the Mac App Store, you will see the “Updates” icon light up blue and have a number on it, signifying the number of software updates that are available.

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Install and Update Apps in the Mac App Store

  • Click on the “Updates” icon if it is glowing blue
  • To update all apps, click on the “Update All” button
  • To update individual apps, click on the “Update” button next to the individual app name
  • Let the App Store download and install the updates

Remember, this only updates apps that have been installed through the Mac App Store, if you have apps that were installed from another source they will not be listed in the updates list regardless of how old their version is.

This is obviously a beginner tip, but as the resident “Mac guy” in the family, I was just asked how to do this, so hopefully this helps someone else too.

Troubleshooting “Sign in to (null) to update applications for that account”
If you get the “Sign in to (null)” message when trying to update an app, simply delete the app from your applications folder and redownload it from the Mac App Store by clicking the “Install” button. This is a bug in the Mac App Store and there is no need to sign into any other account.

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Posted by: Paul Horowitz in Mac OS X, Tips & Tricks

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  1. Jarrod says:

    I knew this, but has anyone had issues with the Twitter app still showing up in the updates. I have “updated” about seven times.

  2. skz says:

    it is not automatic?

  3. mazi says:

    Am I the only one who have problems with updates? When I try to update then this occurs: “Sign in to (null) to update applications for that account.”
    I have only one Apple ID. Does anyone know how to solve it?

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  6. Lalit says:

    I Just purchased mac mini and whenever i m trying to insert my apple id it
    This Apple ID has not yet been used with the App Store.
    please review

    it is necessary to provide my credit card detail ?
    can i create it without them ?

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