How to Hide OS X El Capitan from Mac App Store
Not all Mac users want to update to OS X El Capitan, and if you’re in the group who wants to stay put with OS X Mavericks, Yosemite*, Mountain Lion, or even Snow Leopard on their Mac, that’s perfectly OK*, you probably have a reason to stay with the earlier Mac OS X releases. But, if you’re on a prior release of OS X, anytime you open the Mac App Store and the Updates section, you’ll be presented with a large splash screen to install OS X El Capitan.
Obviously if you want to stay put and not update OS X, you don’t want a giant banner with a new version in your face, but fortunately you can hide the big splash OS X El Captain ‘free upgrade’ screen with a few simple steps:
- Open the Mac App Store and go to the Updates tab as if you were going to install a software update
- Right-Click (or Control+Click) on the large OS X El Capitan banner and choose “Hide Update”
- Exit the App Store
The banner will disappear and will no longer appear at the top of the Updates section of the Mac App Store, and it’ll be ab it easier to avoid accidentally installing the upgrade if you want to avoid it for whatever reason.
If you decide you want to download OS X El Capitan on a later date, just search the App Store, or follow a link to get the installer directly from the App Store.
* For what it’s worth, updating to OS X El Capitan is really an improvement when coming from OS X Yosemite, so if you’re holding off due to issues experienced with the prior Yosemite release, consider that OS X El Capitan is undoubtedly a better experience, it runs faster, and is seemingly more stable. Basically, OS X El Capitan in its first form is a better release than OS X Yosemite was. Justifying the update from OS X Mavericks or prior is more challenging, since users have probably opted to stay with OS X Mavericks or an earlier OS X release for a particular reason, and whether or not that is addressed in OS X El Capitan will vary per user and per Mac. Speaking from my own experience, I’ve been able to install OS X El Capitan on multiple Macs without a single issue, whereas I ran into a myriad of problems with Yosemite on some Macs for no obvious reason.