Open the App Store. In the sidebar, click Updates. Click Update next to an app to update only that app, or click Update All. If you didn’t get the app from the App Store on your Mac, contact the app developer to get help with updates. By downloading, you agree to the f.lux EULA (also available for Windows Mac Linux iPhone/iPad Android ) f.lux makes your computer screen look like the room you're in, all the time. The Office apps available from the Mac App Store provide the very latest version of Office on the Mac. Word, Excel, PowerPoint, and Outlook require a Microsoft 365 subscription to activate. OneNote and OneDrive do not require a Microsoft 365 subscription, but some premium features may require a Microsoft 365 subscription.

How to get apps

  1. On your iPhone, iPad, or iPod touch, open the App Store app.
  2. Browse or search for the app that you want to download. If you find a game that says Arcade, subscribe to Apple Arcade to play the game.
  3. Tap or click the price or Get button. If you see the 'Open' button instead of a price or Get button, you already bought or downloaded that app.

In the App Store, if an app has a Get button instead of a price, the app is free. You won't be charged for downloading a free app. Some free apps offer in-app purchases and subscriptions that you can buy. Subscriptions and in-app purchases give you access to more features, content, and more. Learn more about in-app purchases and subscriptions.

How to find apps that you bought

You can find your apps in your App Library.

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If you bought an iMessage app, you can find the app in Messages.

You can also see a list of apps that you bought and redownload them. When you redownload an app, you don't have to pay for it again.

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If you can't find the App Store

If the App Store is missing on your device, you might have parental controls turned on. Adjust your iTunes & App Store Purchases settings and make sure that you choose 'Allow' for the Installing Apps setting. The App Store should reappear on your device.

If you still can't find the App Store, search for it.

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If you have an issue when you download apps

To buy apps from the App Store, you need an Apple ID and a payment method. If you’re only downloading free items, you still might need to keep a payment method on file.

  • If you can’t download apps because your payment method was declined, update or change your payment method.
  • Can’t sign in to the App Store? Learn what to do if you forgot your Apple ID or your Apple ID password. Or if you don’t have an Apple ID, learn how to set up an Apple ID.
  • If you have trouble downloading an app that's larger than 200 MB over cellular, open the Settings app. Tap App Store, tap App Downloads, then tap Always Allow.
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If an app does not work

  • Learn what to do if an app closes unexpectedly or won't open.
  • If an app isn't working as expected, you can contact the app developer. Or report a problem to Apple.

Learn how to buy and use apps on other Apple devices

  • Download apps on your Mac.
  • Download apps on your Apple TV.
  • Download apps on your Apple Watch.

Learn how the Mac App Store beautifully showcases your apps and makes them even easier to find, and how Developer ID and notarization make it safer for users to install apps that you distribute yourself.

Mac App Store

The Mac App Store makes it simple for customers to discover, purchase, and download your apps, and easily keep them updated. Organized around the specific things customers love to do on Mac, along with insightful stories, curated collections, and videos, the Mac App Store beautifully showcases your apps and makes them even easier to find.

iPhone and iPad apps on Apple silicon Macs

The Mac App Store brings iPhone and iPad apps to Apple silicon Macs — so your apps can reach even more users worldwide. By default, your apps will be published automatically on the Mac App Store. Confirm that your apps gracefully handle cases where iPhone and iPad features are not available on Mac.

iPad apps that support modern technologies like keyboard input, multitasking, size classes, and SwiftUI will automatically inherit great macOS features like resizability and full screen mode.

Web Extensions

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Safari Web Extensions can add custom functionality to Safari 14 using the same WebExtensions API used in other browsers, such as Chrome, Firefox, and Edge. And with a new conversion tool in Xcode 12, you can quickly bring your existing extensions to Safari and make them available on the Mac App Store.

Outside the Mac App Store

While the Mac App Store is the safest place for users to get software for their Mac, you may choose to distribute your Mac apps in other ways. Gatekeeper on macOS helps protect users from downloading and installing malicious software by checking for a Developer ID certificate. Make sure to test your apps with the latest version of macOS and sign your apps, plug-ins, or installer packages to let Gatekeeper know they’re safe to install.

You can also give users even more confidence in your apps by submitting them to Apple to be notarized.

Mac Logo

The Mac logo is designed to easily identify software products and hardware peripherals developed to run on macOS and take advantage of its advanced features.

Mac App StoreOutside Mac App Store
App DistributionHosted by AppleManaged by developer
(with Developer ID)
Software UpdatesHosted by AppleManaged by developer
Worldwide Payment ProcessingManaged by AppleManaged by developer
Volume Purchasing and Education PricingManaged by AppleManaged by developer
Advanced App Capabilities (iCloud Storage and Push Notifications)AvailableAvailable
App Store Services (In-App Purchase and Game Center)AvailableNot Available
64-BitRequiredRecommended
App SandboxingRequiredRecommended
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