New to Mac? Let’s learn the basics of the Mac App Store

If this is our first time with a Mac, one of the apps we need to know first is the Mac App Store. This App Store, like the App Store on our iPhone or iPad, is where we go to download and buy apps. We will recognize the Mac App Store in our Dock, the application bar at the bottom of the screen, its icon is blue with a AT white inside.

Getting around the Mac App Store

The Mac App Store is divided into several sections And all of them are in the sidebar that we see on the left of the window. There it appears discover, arcade, create, to work, to play, develop, categories and updates. We can click on any section to access it.

At the top of that sidebar we see the search, where we can search for apps by name or function. « Photo retouch » or « Pixelmator Pro » will present interesting results. Finally, at the bottom, we find our name and our photo, this section gives us access to our account.

Once we enter the section that interests us, we will direct our attention to the right side of the screen. The organization is very simple, we scroll there are different sections, for example Apps and games we love or Edit all kinds of images. To explore all the apps in a section, use the arrows that appear to the right or left of the section or click See everything to the right of the section name to see the full list of applications it contains.

Some sections contain videos so that we can get to know the app better at a glance, while others only display your name and an icon or a small article where the editorial team of the App Store presents the application.

Keep in mind that the sections The categories and Updates they are different from others. In the first, once inside, we are offered a list of application categories to choose from to explore the paid top and the free top. We will see the updates in a moment.

Applications Mac App Store

All applications from the Mac App Store, via the button next to their name, show their price or if we have already bought them. Let’s see this in detail:

  • The first application (Microsoft OneNote) displays the button To haveThis means that we have not purchased this app and can do it for free.
  • The second app (Good Notes 5) shows € 8.99 which also means that we haven’t purchased this app yet and can do so, this time by paying € 8.99.
  • Another app (Bear-Private Notepad) shows a cloud with a down arrow, it indicates that we have already purchased this app and can download it anytime without any additional payment.
  • Finally we see the text Integrated purchasing next to the button To have in some applications. This indicates that although the application is free because it does not show any amount, we will have to pay inside to access certain functions or services. Paid apps can also offer in-app purchases.

When we see a list of apps, we can do two things. The first is to touch the button, either To have, its price or the small cloud, to buy or download the application. The second is to tap on your name (or icon) to access information full. Let’s examine this second option.

In the image above we find the information of the iMovie application. All apps from the Mac App Store display the same information and distribute it in exactly the same way. We find the following:

  • The name of the application, the category to which it belongs, in this case Photo and video, the name of the developer, which we can click to see more of their applications, the price and the share button.
  • The ranks he has, whether he has been selected by the editorial staff or won an award, the position he occupies in his category and the recommended age.
  • Several screenshots and, in some cases, videos.
  • An explanation of what the app does, its website, and the support page.
  • Ratings and Reviews, where all reviews left by customers are displayed. We can touch See everything to see the full list.
  • News It shows us what changes we found in the latest version, the release date and the version number. We can touch Version history to see the full list.
  • The datasheet shows us the developer, app size, category, compatibility with other devices, languages, age, copyright, if there are any purchases in the app and gives us access to the privacy policy. demand.
  • In the compatibility section we usually find With family, which indicates that we can share the same purchase with all members of the family.
  • Finally, we find more apps from the same developer.

Updates and Account

The eyelash UpdatesAs the name suggests, it allows us to update the applications that we have installed. How? ‘Or’ What? ‘Or what? Easy, on the tab Refresh We touch Refresh next to the app name or Update all to update all applications at the same time. If we want to enable automatic updates, just click on the menu App Store and we choose Preferences … Later we activate Automatic update.

To access our account, tap the name and photo that appear at the bottom of the window. Upon entering we found a list of all apps we have purchased. We can touch the button in the form of a small cloud to download any of them again. We can also touch Use a gift card and enter the code to add the balance of a gift card to our account, then use it to buy apps.

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In general, the Mac App Store is where we go to acquire the apps we use on our Mac. As we have seen, she looks a lot like her little sister on our iPhone or iPad, but she has a few small differences.