Owning a MacBook is really wonderful experience, but my experience with the storage space is really bad, as its very little to save and may be downloading macOS Sierra updates automatically. If that’s the case — and you have a problem with it — luckily there is a way to turn off automatic downloads.
If your Mac is set to it, the macOS Sierra update will be downloaded automatically just as other OS and app updates are. Once it downloads, your Mac will keep bugging you to install the update — which, of course, can be annoying.
So if, for whatever reason, you don’t plan on upgrading to macOS Sierra anytime soon, you can follow these steps to stop the automatic download.
How To Stop Automatic Downloading of Updates on Mac
- Click the Apple logo on Mac menu bar across the top of the screen.
- Select System Preferences from the drop-down menu.
- Click on the App Store options.
- From this menu, uncheck the “Download newly available updates in the background” option. It’ll be a sub-box under “Automatically check for updates.”
From here, you’re Mac will no longer check for and download new updates. A word of warning, though: this also means that anything from the App Store will also no longer update automatically.
If you have not yet downloaded MacOS Sierra, you can disable it by these simple steps
Of course, if your Mac has already download macOS Sierra automatically, the installation file will still be on your hard drive. If it’s taking up too much space — or you don’t want to upgrade to macOS Sierra anytime soon — you can delete it.
How To Delete MacOS Sierra automatically downloaded on your mac.
- Open Finder.
- Navigate to the Applications folder.
- Find the file titled “Install macOS Sierra.app.”
- Right-click on the file, and select Move to Trash.
- Empty the Trash.
While Sierra is a great update for macOS, there are some valid reasons for holding back. You might want to wait a few months for any Mac-killing bugs to be sorted out, you might now have time to sit around and wait for it to download, or you might just be perfectly happy with whatever macOS version you have. If it’s not broken, don’t fix it, right?