Background app downloads work the same as any other background download. Apple looks for opportunities to grab the updated bits from the server in a way that impacts you the least. So, if they do their job right, you shouldn't even notice the bits coming down while you work, watch, or while your Mac power naps.
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If you get tight on space, Apple will also intelligently remove an unused installer — which can be reclaimed at any time from the cloud — so it doesn't impact your storage.
Visual Studio for Mac distributes updates for the IDE and supported frameworks on a regular basis. These updates can be in the form of new features, improvements, and bug fixes. Visual Studio for Mac provides two channels to get these latest versions: Stable - Provides thoroughly tested updates. This channel is recommended for the best.
In other words, it lets the Mac work the way iPhone, iPad, and Apple TV have been working for a while.
If you want to make sure background app download is on, or you hate the idea and want to make sure it's off, you can do that in your Mac App Store preferences.
How to turn on — or turn off — automatic app update downloads on your Mac
- Launch the Mac App Store on your Mac.
- Click on App Store in the menubar.
- Click on Preferences in the dropdown menu.
Check the box to the left of Automatic updates.
To disable background updates, repeat the same process and uncheck the box.
Should I leave Automatic Updates on?
If you hate waiting for app updates to download, then yes. That way, whenever you want to update, it'll be ready and waiting for you. Apple will never install an update without your express permission — or action! — but it'll make sure you don't have to wait when you want to install it.
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If you have limited bandwidth or you don't want to update to newer versions of an app — for example if you're running a production system and need to wait for apps or drivers to update first — then no. Leave it unchecked and only download when you're sure you really want to.
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Visual Studio for Mac distributes updates for the IDE and supported frameworks on a regular basis. These updates can be in the form of new features, improvements, and bug fixes.
Visual Studio for Mac provides two channels to get these latest versions:
- Stable - Provides thoroughly tested updates. This channel is recommended for the best development experience.
- Preview - Provides early access to updates that are candidates for release in the Stable Channel. These releases may not be reliable for everyday use.
Checking for updates
You can use the Visual Studio Updater box to check for new updates, change channels, and download and install updates.
To open the Visual Studio Updater, browse to Visual Studio > Check for Updates:
This displays the updater box:
Changing the Updater channel
To change the channel select it from the channel drop down and press the Switch Channel button:
Downloading and installing updates
Switching channels automatically starts the download process of new updates.
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If you have selected the option to Check Automatically, the updater box will pop up when Visual Studio for Mac is open to let you know that new updates are available. New downloads will start downloading automatically to your machine when this box appears.
To start installing updates, select the Restart and Install Updates button:
Depending on the components that need to be installed, you may need to accept additional licenses or enter your machine's administrator username and password.
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If you have issues with the updater, try following the steps in the Updater Troubleshooting guide.