How to disable automatic download (macOS High Sierra) on a Mac

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macOS now includes the ability to automatically download the installer for macOS High Sierra even your computer is not in use. While this is a great behavior, especially for those who want their machine stay updated with the latest macOS versions, others may find it annoying. If you happen to sit in the latter group, we are here to help.

There is a simple way to turn off automatic download for macOS High Sierra without the need for an additional software to be installed on your machine. That’s exactly what we are going to show you how to do in this guide.

Before we get started, make sure you are now running a modern version of macOS (macOS Sierra or newer).

How to disable automatic download (macOS High Sierra) on a Mac

Step one: First off, click on the Apple menu and then select System Preferences from the drop-down menu

Step two: Once you are done, make sure you select the App Store panel and then simply check the box next to Download newly available updates in the background to complete the task.

Note that following this method, macOS will stop downloading newly available updates in the background. If you want to keep yourself informed with the latest macOS updates, but you want to avoid macOS High Sierra, make sure you read on.

How to completely disable automatic download (macOS High Sierra) on a Mac

Step one: Open the Applications folder (you can locate it from the Finder of macOS), then look for “Install macOS High Sierra” and drag it to the Trash

Step two: Once you are done, look for a small app and duplicate it (in this guide, we are going to select Launchpad)

Step three: Now simply rename the Launchpad copy file to “Install macOS High Sierra”. After that, head to the File menu and then hit “Get Info

Step four: From the Install macOS High Sierra. app info, make sure you check the box next to Locked and close the window to complete the task.

Also read: How to sync albums and playlists from iPhone to Apple Watch

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