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NeddySeagoon Level 1 Level 1 (5 points)

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

  • 1. Re: change the install location???
    Carolyn Samit Level 10 Level 10 (89,580 points)

    Hi..

     

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

  • 2. Re: change the install location???
    NeddySeagoon Level 1 Level 1 (5 points)

    Thank you, Carolyn.

  • 3. Re: change the install location???
    Carolyn Samit Level 10 Level 10 (89,580 points)

    You're welcome

  • 4. Re: change the install location???
    Martin Bergstrom Level 2 Level 2 (475 points)

    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?

  • 5. Re: change the install location???
    NeddySeagoon Level 1 Level 1 (5 points)

    Martin, do you carry around some type of device that "bleeps" everytime you speak a profanity?

     

    If you are going to go to the effort of typing out the stars then why not just type out a word?

  • 6. Re: change the install location???
    Martin Bergstrom Level 2 Level 2 (475 points)

    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.

  • 7. Re: change the install location???
    NeddySeagoon Level 1 Level 1 (5 points)

    My humblest apologies

     

    I was being a smart alec and I have taught a lesson.

     

    I wasn't aware it was possible to censor message boards like that (the technology to do it I mean).

     

    I have seen it on iTunes and they do have the strangest idea of what a profanity is - the title of an episode of The Roy Rogers Show was censored a little while back. It is called "Jailbreak".

     

    Anywho, sorry for that, Martin.

  • 8. Re: change the install location???
    Martin Bergstrom Level 2 Level 2 (475 points)

    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.

  • 9. Re: change the install location???
    Dah•veed Level 7 Level 7 (30,305 points)

    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.

  • 10. Re: change the install location???
    NeddySeagoon Level 1 Level 1 (5 points)

    Martin Bergstrom wrote:

     

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

     

     

    I needed to give it though


  • 11. Re: change the install location???
    NeddySeagoon Level 1 Level 1 (5 points)

    Dah•veed wrote:

     

    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.

     

    That's not necessary, Dah•veed. (For me anyway).

     

    I was just low on space at the time, but I'll be installing a larger hard drive in a few weeks.

     

    Thanks for the offer anyway.

     

    Cheers.

  • 12. Re: change the install location???
    Martin Bergstrom Level 2 Level 2 (475 points)

    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?

  • 13. Re: change the install location???
    Martin Bergstrom Level 2 Level 2 (475 points)

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

  • 14. Re: change the install location???
    Dah•veed Level 7 Level 7 (30,305 points)

    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.

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