There are tons of apps that hit Mac App Store every day, but not all of them are worth your attention. That’s why you need to download apps outside the Mac App Store. In reality, there are a lot of great apps that are absent from the Mac App Store. Those apps allow you to do a lot of things you’d consider impossible on your Mac.
However, Apple doesn’t let you update non-App Store apps on your Mac, which is a little bit disappointing. Fortunately, there is a simple workaround to update non-App Store apps on your Mac and we will show you how it is done.
In this step-by-step guide, we will run you through the steps to update non-App Store on your Mac. Make sure that you are now running macOS Sierra before proceeding.
Steps to update non-App Store in macOS Sierra
Step one: First off, you have to launch the app you wish to update on your Mac
Step two: Next up, head to the menu bar at the top of the screen and click on the app’s name
Step three: You have to to click on Check for Updates from the drop-down menu and click on Install Updates. Once you are done, wait a few minutes until the update finishes installing.
Steps to enable automatic update for non-App Store in macOS Sierra
Some non-App Store apps include the option to turn on automatic update. Once enabled, your apps will automatically check for updates every time you launch the app on your Mac.
Step one: Launch the app you wish to enable automatic update for
Step two: Next up, go to the Menu bar and click on the app’s name
Step three: You now have to click Preferences from the drop-down menu and tick the box next to Check for Update
Note that the process may vary depending on the app you have installed on your Mac and some apps may not include the “Update option.
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