MacOS Sierra automatically downloading to your Mac? Here is how to stop it

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Apple has official released the latest version of its desktop operating system, MacOS Sierra for users worldwide. However, one of the most annoying things when it comes to upgrading to MacOS Sierra is that Apple is automatically downloading the update to the supported Macs. For many of users, they want to update their devices on their own by using their bandwidth to download a large file.

However, remember that only the MacOS Sierra installer file is automatically downloaded to your device and you can choose to either delete it or ignore the update if you don’t want to install MacOS Sierra on your device. However, that MacOS Sierra installer file shows up expectedly may annoy many users. If you happen to sit in the group, we can help you out. In this article, we will walk you through the steps to prevent MacOS Sierra from automatically downloading to your Mac. Make sure that you check out our ste-by-step instructions below

How to prevent MacOS Sierra from automatically downloading to your Mac

Step one: First and foremost, you need to open the Apple Menu and go to the System Preferences.

Step two: Next up, you are supposed to choose “App Store”

Step three: Once you are in, you will be presented with two options to stop MacOS Sierra automatically downloading.

  • Uncheck the box next to  Automatically check for updates – Doing so will stop your Mac from checking for any software update.


  • Untick the box next to Download newly available updates in the background – This will allow your Mac to check updates, but these updates will not automatically download to your computer. We recommend you select this option, as you will be notified when a software update is ready to be installed, and you can make your decision about whether you download and install the update or not.


Step four: Once you are done, all you have to do is to exit the system preferences. From now on, you will be notified of a software update, and you install it or ignore the update.

You now can go to the /Applications folder to make sure that the MacOS Sierra installer file has not downloaded on your Mac. If you find it in the Application folder and you want to stick with your current MacOS version, delete it to get more space.

MacOS Sierra is the latest version of Apple’s desktop operating system. It comes with a lot of features that you have never seen on a Mac such as Siri, Apple Pay, and more. If you are using a Mac, there is no reason not to update to MacOS Sierra.

Don’t forget to share how your experience with MacOS Sierra has been so far in the comments section below.

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