Mac App Store is not updating applications? Try these steps

Milan Stanojevic
by Milan Stanojevic
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  • Not being able to update your apps on MacBook can cause some problems, but this guide should help.
  • To resolve this problem, start by reinstalling the problematic application, reset the App Store, and follow the next methods.
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App Store is the fastest way to download apps on macOS, but many users reported that the App Store won’t update apps on their MacBook. This can be a problem, and in order to fix it, you just need to use one of our solutions.

What to do if the App Store won’t update apps on Mac?

1. Reinstall the problematic application

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According to users, if updates get stuck in the App Store, perhaps you can fix the problem simply by removing and reinstalling the problematic application. After doing that, check if the problem with App Store is still there.

2. Reset the App Store and delete the _MASReceipt folder

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If the App Store won’t update apps on your MacBook, you might be able to fix the problem by resetting the App Store and removing the _MASReceipt folder. To do that you just need to follow these steps:

  1. Go to App Store > View my Account > Reset.
  2. Close the App Store.
  3. Navigate to Applications. Locate the application that is giving you this problem, right-click it and choose Show Package Contents.
  4. Locate and remove _MASReceipt

Now restart the App Store and try updating your apps.

3. Log out of iCloud and log back in

Sometimes logging out of iCloud can help you if App Store won’t update apps. To log out, you just need to do the following:

  1. Go to Apple menu > System Preferences.
  2. Now click on Apple ID > iCloud.
  3. Click the Sign Out button.
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  4. Choose if you want to keep a copy of iCloud data.
  5. Restart your MacBook.

After restarting your MacBook, log back into the iCloud and check if the problem is still there.

4. Restart storeagent or storedownloadd process

According to users, you might be able to fix this problem simply by restarting storeagent and storedownloadd processes. To do that, follow these steps:

  1. Go to Applications > Utilities and launch Activity Monitor.
  2. Locate storeagent and storedownloadd processes and end them.
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After doing that, check if the problem is still there.

These are some of the best solutions available that can help you if App Store updates are stuck on your MacBook. If you found these solutions helpful, let us know in the comments below.

FAQ: Learn more about updates on the App Store

  • Why is my App Store not showing updates?

Some other users have reported having this issue, and it seems to be caused by a server error. To resolve this issue, simply open the Settings app, click on General, and in the Date and Time section,  disable the option Set Automatically. Next, set a date in the future, and try updating your apps again.

  • Why is my App Store not working on Mac?

The most common reasons for this problem are problems with your WiFi router, a VPN or antivirus software that’s blocking access, or a bad internet setting on your device.

  • How do I update my Mac when it says no updates available?

In most cases, if the Update function on your Mac is saying that there are no updates available, then that is the case. If you want to manually search for updates,  click the Apple menu, then select About This Mac, then click Software Update.