How to Update Non-App Store Apps on Mac in macOS Sierra

How do you update the apps which you download outside the Mac App Store? Let me walk you through these easy steps to get it done.

There are several impressive apps which are found outside the massive umbrella of Mac App Store. Despite being their notable absence from the App Store on macOS, we all like to use them. But, not too many of us know that we can update a non-App Store app as well on Mac.

So, if you have downloaded some apps outside the Mac App Store, you cannot just update them but also set automatic update for them. Here is how it works:

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How to Update Non-Mac App Store Apps Mac

How to Update a Non-App Store (Third-party) App on Mac

Note: Some apps may not have the option to be updated.

Step #1. Launch the app you want to update.

Step #2. Next, click on the app’s name in the Menu bar at the top of your screen.

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Step #3. Now, click on Check for Updates.

Click on Check for Updates in Third-party App on Mac

Step #4. Next, you need to click on Install Update.

Update Non App Store App on Mac in macOS Sierra

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How to Enable Automatic Update for Non-App Store App on Mac

Step #1. Open the app you want to update automatically.

Step #2. Now, you have to click on the app’s name in the menu bar at the top of your Mac screen.

Step #3. Click on Preferences.

Open Third-party App and Click on Preferences on Mac

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Step #4. Next, you need to check the box next to Check for Update.

Enable Automatic App Update for Non App Store Apps on Mac

Note: In certain apps, you will have to click on Advanced tab. The process may vary for some apps. i.e. You may required to click on “Update Tab” for some of the apps.

That’s perfectly done!

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Dhvanesh Adhiya
Dhvanesh Adhiya is the founder and editor-in-chief who takes care of audio, visual, and textual contents uploaded on He is passionate about wonderful apps that change the way your iPhone interacts in your life.

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