How to Stop Showing OS X Beta Software Updates in Mac App Store
Some time ago, many Mac users signed up to participate in the OS X Public Beta program to try out and beta test OS X Yosemite before it was released to the wider public. Since then, being included in that public beta program makes those Macs also receive beta software builds for other updates to OS X as well, including smaller software point release beta builds and beta system software. If you’re not interested in seeing and receiving those beta software builds on your Mac any longer, you can opt out of receiving the pre-release software updates.
Opting-out of showing beta releases is probably a good idea if the beta updates would be pushed to your primary Mac and you want to maintain stable functionality, since beta software is less stable as it’s an active work in progress.
And not to worry, if you decide you want to change this at a later date and opt back into receiving and seeing beta software releases for OS X when Apple releases them, you can easily switch the setting and go right back.
Opt Out of Showing Pre-Release Beta Software Updates for Mac OS X
Keep in mind this option will only be available to users who specifically opted in to participate in the public beta of OS X:
- Quit the Mac App Store application if you have it open
- Open ‘System Preferences’ from the Apple menu and choose “App Store”
- Next to “Your computer is set to receive pre-release Software Update seeds”, click on the “Change” button
- Choose “Do Not Show Pre-release Updates”
- Exit out of System Preferences and you’re good to go
(* These beta releases are not part of the automatically installed OS X updates if you opt to use that feature)
Any beta software releases for OS X shown in the App Store will disappear upon relaunching the app and they will no longer be available in the Updates tab. You can also hide specific updates directly but that’s less practical for beta software and beta system releases, since if you’re trying to avoid one you probably want to avoid them all.
As mentioned before, you can always change this and show the eligible pre-release beta software for OS X again by simply reversing the above measures and choosing the “Show Pre-release Updates” option within the App Store system preference panel instead. Participating in the public beta and using the beta updates represents one of the better ways users can offer feedback on specific aspects of OS X Yosemite, and that will likely be true for future releases of OS X as well if they offer similar public beta programs. Just remember to not use beta software on your primary Mac where stability is imperative.
Remember, this is aside from the general Mac Developer program, and developer releases are separate from the public beta releases described here.
Note that some users must turn to the command line to un-enroll from the Mac OS developer beta testing releases. This is accomplished in two parts via Terminal.
sudo defaults delete /Library/Preferences/com.apple.SoftwareUpdate CatalogURL
sudo softwareupdate —clear-catalog
When successfully executed, the Mac should no longer show any beta software updates.