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Don’t Want to Update your Mac to OS X Yosemite? Hide the Update from the App Store

Nov 23, 2014 - 60 Comments
Hide OS X Yosemite installer from App Store

While many Mac users have updated to OS X Yosemite, a notable amount have chosen to stay on OS X Mavericks or Mountain Lion for a variety of reasons, and some have even had to downgrade due to frustrations or incompatibilities that were experienced with the new version of OS X. Whatever the reason, if … Read More

Fixing App Store “Could Not Complete Purchase : Unknown Error” Messages

Aug 13, 2014 - 12 Comments
iTunes Terms And Conditions

Typically you can download anything from the Mac App Store without incident, that’s the way things are supposed to work. Sometimes things aren’t so hunky-dory, and one of the more peculiar errors from the App Store is the incredibly vague “We could not complete your purchase – Unknown Error” message.

How to Re-Download OS X Mountain Lion Installer from OS X Mavericks

Feb 24, 2014 - 16 Comments
Downloading older version of OS X from the Mac App Store

Though it is generally recommended for users to keep their Macs up to date with the latest system software, not everyone wants to run OS X Mavericks on all of their Macs, and in some situations older Macs may not support the latest version of OS X anyway. Additionally, there are circumstances where users looking … Read More

Re-Download OS X Mavericks Installer from the App Store of OS X 10.9

Nov 1, 2013 - 15 Comments

Already installed OS X Mavericks, but now you want to create an install drive for other computers? Or maybe the Mavericks installer became corrupt during the process? Whatever the situation, you can easily re-download OS X Mavericks from the Mac App Store.

List All Apps Downloaded from the Mac App Store via Command Line

Sep 28, 2013 - Leave a Comment
List Mac App Store apps from the Terminal

A handy terminal command will show a list of all apps installed on a Mac that have come exclusively from the Mac App Store. This can be helpful for a variety of reasons, like when building a list of apps you may want to replace from outside the official App Store channels if you’re migrating … Read More

Hide Software Updates from the App Store in Mac OS X

Sep 27, 2012 - 17 Comments

Ignoring specific software updates is a bit different now in modern versions of OS X now that updates are handled by the Mac App Store. From OS X El Capitan, Yosemite, Mavericks, Mountain Lion and onward, if you don’t want to install an update you will need to hide it from being visible within the … Read More

Stop Mac OS X from Automatically Downloading App and Mac OS X Updates

Jul 31, 2012 - 4 Comments
Stop automatic app downloads and updates in OS X Mountain Lion

Mac OS X has a handful of features that are dependent on a constant internet connection, and one of those is the new automatic update feature. Undeniably convenient, Mac OS X and all apps installed from the Mac App Store will automatically download and update themselves, but if you have metered internet or are using … Read More

How to Re-Download OS X Mountain Lion Installer from the Mac App Store

Jul 26, 2012 - 31 Comments
Redownload the OS X Mountain Lion installer from the Mac App Store

After you’ve upgraded to OS X Mountain Lion on the primary Mac you bought it from, the installer app deletes itself from your /Applications/ folder. This makes sense for those who only own a single Mac, but if you plan on installing OS X Mountain Lion on multiple Macs or just want to create an … Read More

Mac App Store Not Working or Showing Updates? How to Refresh the App Stores on Mac

Apr 4, 2012 - 1 Comment
Refresh App Store

Need to refresh the App Store or iTunes Store from a computer? To quickly refresh the App Store on Mac OS X, just hit Command+R at any screen in the iTunes, iOS App Store, or Mac App Store, and the page will reload with whatever new data awaits, whether it’s a revised Top Charts listing … Read More

Use the App Store Without a Credit Card

Apr 2, 2012 - 49 Comments
Use App Store without credit card

Signing up to use the App Store requires a credit card, right? Wrong. We showed you how to use iTunes without a credit card, and it turns out you can do the same thing with the iOS and Mac App Store too. A credit card-free account is a perfect solution for setting up an iPhone, … Read More

Find the Purchase Date of Apps Bought from the Mac App Store

Jan 5, 2012 - 2 Comments
Purchase date shown in Quick Look

Need to know when you bought an app from the Mac App Store? Knowing purchase dates of apps can be helpful for accounting and year end tax purposes, plus a variety of other reasons, and here are two quick ways to get that information. Get a List of All Apps and Purchase Dates from the … Read More

Open the Mac App Store Updates Section from a URL

Dec 13, 2011 - 3 Comments
Mac App Store Updates

The next time you’re trying to tell someone how to update apps from the Mac App Store, why bother with a walkthrough when you can just send them a URL? Yup, you can send someone directly to the Mac App Store’s “Updates” portion just by using a link instead. This is a great trick for … Read More

Apple Names Best Of 2011 for iTunes, Mac, and iOS App Stores

Dec 8, 2011 - 1 Comment
iOS App Store Rewind for 2011

Apple has posted their annual iTunes and App Store rewind lists for 2011, naming the best music, movies, TV shows, books, podcasts, iOS apps, and Mac apps for the year. We’ll cover the best apps for iPad, iPhone, and Mac, and you can check out the rest of the winners on the iTunes or Mac … Read More

Transfer Mac Apps from One Mac to Another

Oct 20, 2011 - 6 Comments
Transfer Mac Apps to Another Mac

With the addition of the Mac App Store, transferring applications from one Mac to another is made extraordinarily simple and can be done entirely through the App Store itself. This is due to the Mac App Stores licensing agreement, which allows you to download and install Mac OS X apps on all of your personal … Read More

Hide Purchases from the App Store in iTunes, iOS, & Mac OS X

Oct 14, 2011 - 10 Comments
Unhide hidden purchases in the App Store

New to Mac OS X and iOS is the ability to hide purchases from appearing in the Mac App Store, iOS App Store, and the iTunes Store purchased items lists. This is great if you download tons of stuff but use only a fraction of apps, and you don’t want the other items clogging up … Read More

Check Download Speed from iTunes & the App Store

Sep 28, 2011 - 5 Comments
Check download speed from iTunes App Store

Want to check the download speed of something you’re getting from iTunes or the iOS App Store? No sweat, you can check not only the progress of the download, but also see the transfer speed of what is being downloaded from iTunes. From the sidebar of iTunes, click on Store, then go to “Downloads” This … Read More

Enable Element Inspector in the Mac App Store

Sep 7, 2011 - 5 Comments
Mac App Store element inspector

The Mac App Store has a hidden element inspector that lets you view the source of any page or element drawn within the App Store, letting you extract text or images, and even enter your own code into the console (which can lead to all sorts of fun things). This is probably most useful for … Read More

Access and Download iOS Apps from the US App Store Outside of the USA

Aug 22, 2011 - 29 Comments
Access and download USA App Store apps from outside the US

A common complaint about free app giveaways is that they’re often constrained to the USA based iOS App Store, in other words if you’re outside of the US you don’t get in on deals like the recent Rage HD giveaway and the ongoing myriad of other free app offers. This is a bummer for anyone … Read More

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