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NeddySeagoon Level 1 Level 1 (5 points)
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May 9, 2012 1:05 PM

Hello,

 

Is there a way to change the install location of apps bought from the the Mac App Store that have yet to be installed?

 

I have googled, but I can' t find anything to say it can or cannot be done?

 

Cheers

  • Carolyn Samit Level 10 Level 10 (84,160 points)
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    May 9, 2012 1:28 PM (in response to NeddySeagoon)

    Hi..

     

    No. All apps must be installed to the Applications folder.

  • Carolyn Samit Level 10 Level 10 (84,160 points)
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    May 9, 2012 2:26 PM (in response to NeddySeagoon)

    You're welcome

  • Martin Bergstrom Level 2 Level 2 (475 points)
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    May 26, 2012 1:56 PM (in response to NeddySeagoon)

    It ***** that this can't be changed.

    What if I have an SSD that I'd not like to fill upp with things I really don't need to have there?

  • Martin Bergstrom Level 2 Level 2 (475 points)
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    May 27, 2012 3:55 AM (in response to NeddySeagoon)

    Try for yourself and see what happens - obviously Apple's forum has that kind of bleep device.. :)

    I didn't type the stars, the word got converted upon posting. It was just the word "s u c k s".  Didn't know it was concidered to be a word needed to be filtered out.

  • Martin Bergstrom Level 2 Level 2 (475 points)
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    May 27, 2012 5:11 AM (in response to NeddySeagoon)

    Oh, that's fine. Apology accepted (though I really didn't need one).

     

    I think people should be able to take criticism, and I try to not get offended when I get critisized. But maybe it's good to have some humbleness inclided in the critisism if you happen to be wrong. Just in case.

     

    Haha, that's funny – they censored out ”jailbreak”? At the same time I can see why it's a bad word at Apple campus, at least among the iOS-developers.

  • Dah•veed Level 7 Level 7 (29,565 points)
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    May 27, 2012 6:50 AM (in response to Martin Bergstrom)

    Apps expect to be in the Apps folder and Mac OS X expects apps to be in the Apps folder. What most folks with an SSD do to keep from filling it up is locate their user account folder in a different location. Then all of their personal files and content libraries with music, videos etc, don't fill the SSD.

     

    We can assist you in properly relocating the user account folder to another drive safely.

    '09 Mac mini, iPad 2, iPhone 4S, Mac OS X (10.7.3), iOS (5.0.1) Mac fanboi since 1984!
  • Martin Bergstrom Level 2 Level 2 (475 points)
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    May 27, 2012 7:56 AM (in response to Dah•veed)

    Tanks, but that's what I've done.

     

    The OS is started from the SSD and the user accountedge is located on another (mechanical) drive. The Applications folder is still on the SSD however, and that's what I want most of the time, exceptionell bigger apps from the App Store (i.e. a few games that I have).

     

    Or is there a way I don't know of?

  • Martin Bergstrom Level 2 Level 2 (475 points)
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    May 27, 2012 7:58 AM (in response to Martin Bergstrom)

    "account" (not accountedge). Can't seem to edit the post on an iPad. :|

  • Dah•veed Level 7 Level 7 (29,565 points)
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    May 27, 2012 9:08 AM (in response to Martin Bergstrom)

    Can't seem to edit the post on an iPad.

    Not with Safari on the iPad. With Atomi Browser, a 3rd party browser you can.

     

    You can have an Apps folder in your user account at ~/Appls and Mac OS X will treat it just like the App folder at Mac HD/Apps. That is the other location that Mac OS X expects to find apps. If the folder does not exist, create it and name it Applications, just like the other one. Then drag & drop the apps that you want on the external drive to this folder, they will be copied over. When you are secure that they open and function correctly, you can delete them from the MacHD/Apps folder.

     

    The reason this works is because this is the method that Mac OS X uses for installing apps that you want for only one user on a multi-account Mac. You may have noticed that when you install apps with an installer you are usually asked if you want the app to be available for a specific user or for the use by all accounts on the Mac. If you select all users, then the installer puts the app in Mac HD/Apps, but if you select a specific user then the installer places the app in ~/Apps and if the folder Applications doesn't exist in that user account, the installer will create it.

     

    It has been my experience that from that point forward, the MAS will download updates for an app where it finds the app installed, so if you move it to this new Apps folder it will update the app in that location going forward.

    '09 Mac mini, iPad 2, iPhone 4S, Mac OS X (10.7.3), iOS (5.0.1) Mac fanboi since 1984!
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