You might have heard that the new OS X 10.10 Yosemite is now available for stable release. If you have not, well you need to follow us on your favourite social channels. If you might have noticed, every new update is accompanied with some software updates which are basically essential for the new OS X version. Downloading a huge update for OS X and then few more for the applications which when added could be a big hit on the data consumption. For travelers and limited bandwidth caps this can be a serious problem.
Updating to the latest OS X is important, especially if you can’t resist the urge like us. Applications can be delayed though we won’t recommend that as well because they usually come up with something good, but there are times when you have to compromise. The operating system by default have all the updates downloaded to your machine automatically and showing a notification later asking whether to install now or later. We have been once a victim while travelling when reducing data usage is on priority. Thankfully Apple provides with an option to disable the background downloads and make everything in control suiting our needs. We actually had to look out for this, for 5 mins which we think deserves a how to guide to save yourself from any data loss especially when the new update has been released just round the corner.
To disable the automatic updates:
- Go to System preferences. (Hit command + spacebar and write ‘system’).
- Select App Store from the icon grid
- Suit your needs accordingly. Though the first sub-checkbox “Download newly available updates in the background” does the job.
That’s it. You will now never be charged unknowingly for downloading OS X updates. But the manual effort here will be to check for updates by loading the App Store. As an aid for this, you can let the system check for updates and not download it for you. We have been using that and are very much satisfied with it. In case you find a better solution to this, do let us know. Happy browsing.