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Your MacBook Will Automatically Download Sierra; Here's How to Stop It

By R Caraos , Oct 07, 2016 01:02 PM EDT
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Apple is rolling out the new and upcoming macOS Sierra to MacBooks soon, but there is a catch - it will automatically download to the laptop. Thankfully, there is a way to stop it for those who wants to keep their freedom of choice.

This week, the Cupertino-based company has begun pushing the macOS Sierra to MacBook owners who have enabled the automatic download function, The Loop reported. Starting Oct. 3, users have started receiving the latest software update.

Why Stop macOS Sierra Automatic Downloads?

According to TechTimes, MacBook users may suddenly experience slow internet connection. This is because unknown to them, the macOS Sierra has started downloading in the background. The new software would take about 5GB of available space, which may or may not please some owners.

How to Stop macOS Sierra Automatic Download

MacBook users must make sure that they have turned off automatic download. First, owners must go to the App Store and select System Preferences. Then there should be the option "Automatically check for updates," after which the "Download newly available updates in the background" should be turned off.

What to Do if macOS Sierra Has Already Downloaded

If the automatic macOS Sierra download has already finished, the user can choose not to install it. It will only be installed if the user agrees to it when prompted. For those who are not really keen on installing the update at that moment or at all, the installer package must be deleted manually.

The app called "Install macOS Sierra" can be found in the Applications tab in Finder. This is the app that needs to be deleted. After it is done, no more install prompts should appear.

Apple is Taking a Page From Microsoft

Microsoft has been aggressively forcing its users to update to the latest software, The Register reported. It downloads and installs automatically without requiring the user to agree to it. Apple, on the other hand, still asks for permission before installing it, at least.

The macOS Sierra can be installed on the late 2009 MacBook or newer, mid 2010 MacBook Pro or newer, late 2010 MacBook Air or newer, mid 2010 Mac mini or newer, late 2009 iMac or newer, and mid 2010 Mac Pro or newer, according to Apple.com.

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