How to Undo a Mac App Update Without Time Machine

Are you planning on updating a Mac application or programme but aren’t sure if you’ll like the new version of the application or programme? Time Machine is one method of undoing Mac application/program updates, but in order to use this feature, you must first have an external hard drive, which we either prefer to use for other purposes or do not all of us have in our possession. But don’t give up hope; it is possible to undo Mac app updates without the use of Time Machine; all you need to do is make sure you follow the steps outlined below before you perform the update.

Part 1 Preparing, before you update

1. Open your Finder and locate the application you’re going to update.

2. Using the right-click menu that appears, select Copy from the drop-down menu that appears. Now, right-click any section of the applications folder and select Paste from the menu that appears on the right-click context menu. In the Applications folder, a new file with the name of the application, followed by the word copy, should be created and saved.

The copy text that appears after the copied App name should not be removed.

It is possible that Finder will ask you for an administrator password.

3. Update the application. You can do this from the Mac App Store or the web.

Part 2 Undoing the update

1. After the update is complete, open Finder and locate the new version of the App.

2. Right-click on the newly installed App (without the word copy next to it). To delete the new version, select Move to Trash from the File menu.

It’s possible that Finder will ask you for your Administer password yet another time.

Part 3 Delete the “copy” text

1. Delete the copy text at the end of the application name. To do this, you can carefully click on the text area of the file name. It should become highlighted blue and be editable. You can then delete the word copy and press ⏎ Return.

Another way to rename the app/program is to right-click and select Get Info or press keys ⌘ Cmd+I. Then, you can open the Name & Extension menu, remove the word copy, and press the ⏎ Return key. When a pop-up appears, select Rename and close the Info window.

Part 4 Using a disk

1. Using a disc, you can roll back Mac app updates. Drag and drop the application onto your hard drive, then eject it to get things started. You can choose to update the application, or you can choose to keep the old version by reconnecting the disc to your computer and dragging and dropping the old app version into the Applications folder.

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