stop update notifications for unwanted apps




There it goes again – that little red badge on the App store telling you that there’s an update for your software. Only problem is, when you go to check it out, it turns out to be some little app that you downloaded but rarely use or which, for some reason (like not using up a limited download cap), you don’t particularly want to update.

Actually, there’s two ways you can get round this problem. The first, as obvious as it may seem, is to simply delete the app from your computer. If it was an app you purchased, don’t worry – it’ll still be in your purchases tab in the App store if you decide you want it back again one day.

Another way – and one which might also come in handy for those who use the app but don’t want the update – is to hide the app from your purchases list. This means you keep the app on your system, but the App store won’t inform you about updates. If this is the trick for you, then here’s how to do it:

To hide an app:

1. Open the App store and go to your purchases page. Sign in if necessary.

2. Control-click on the app you want to hide, and chose ‘Hide Purchase’.

It’s as easy as that! If you ever want to unhide this app, see if there are any updates, or just check whether any apps are already hidden (I found iPhoto had somehow got hidden without my knowing about it, and thus I wasn’t getting any updates for it!) then:

To unhide an app:
1. Open the App store.

2. In the menubar at the top, click ‘Store > View My Account…’

3. Sign in and wait for the Account page to show up.

4. Under ‘iTunes in the Cloud’, click on ‘Hidden Purchases’ and choose the apps you want to unhide. If you don’t see the ‘iTunes in the Cloud’ heading, then you don’t have any apps hidden.



5. Click ‘Done’ on the bottom right of the Accounts page.

:)

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Posted on November 29, 2012, in iTunes, Mountain Lion and tagged , , , , , . Bookmark the permalink. 2 Comments.

  1. Did the problem with the App store begin after installing MacKeeper? If so, you know what you have to do… ;)

    If uninstalling MacKeeper doesn’t solve the problem, you’ll need to reinstall OS X. Have a look here for help on how to do that:

    http://support.apple.com/kb/HT4718

  2. jesus santiago

    I would like to do it but, my APPstore icon just show but did not run, window appear saying that Appstore can not be opened or is damage,
    how to fix that one, please help.
    Also about MacKeeper I was just finish installing and now you told me to uninstall it
    You guy will turn me crazy give me a break
    J

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