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You are downloading a software update or an app on your Mac. Suddenly, you change your mind and no longer want to download it. How would you cancel downloads of Mac App Store apps or updates?

Though it's quite simple to cancel Mac App Store downloads, the little process might not be known to many folks. Why? It's because the “Cancel” button unlike “Pause” is slightly under the wraps. Let me show you how it's done!

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How to Cancel Mac App Store App Downloads and Updates

How to Cancel Mac App Store Downloads or Updates

Step #1. Assuming you are downloading the software update or any app on your Mac. Launch App Store on your computer.

Step #2. If you are downloading any updates, click on the Updates tab.

Step #3. Now, you need to press and hold the Option (⌥) key. It will change the pause option into Cancel. Click on Cancel while still holding the Option (⌥) key.

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Cancle App Store Update and Download on Mac

Likewise, if you are downloading any app, click on Purchase tab. Press and hold the Option key and then click on Cancel.

Step #4. A popup will appear on the screen asking you to confirm. Click on Cancel Download.

Click on Cancel Update in Mac App Store

Note: When it shows installing, you won't be able to cancel the app download. So make sure to avert the process when it's in the initial stage.

That's it!

Wrap Up

Told you it's a lot easy but slightly tricky? Now, use these same process to avert Mac App Store downloads.

There is another way you can cancel downloads on your Mac. Simply disconnect your computer from internet → a popup menu will appear on the screen saying “(x) failed to download.” → click on OK.

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