At some point, you will probably need to add new applications to your computer. The App Store is one way to find and download new programs. Some applications cost money and some are free. In order to use the App Store, you need an AppleID account with a credit card attached to that account in order to buy apps that cost money. This video introduces the essential information you need to browse the app store and download new applications.
- [Instructor] At some point, sooner or later, you're going to need to add more software to your computer. Putting a new program on your computer is known as installing. And the easiest way to do this is to use the App Store that's built into Mac OS. Don't let the name mislead you, this is a store where you can buy new software, but there's also lots of free applications that are there as well. This is also where you'll go to update software. This is important, the App Store is where you'll go to update Mac OS itself, and any bundled applications that come with Mac OS.
So let's start by opening the App Store. I've got it here on the Dock, and we can start getting familiar with the interface. Basically it's just this storefront. I can browse through here and I can see lots of apps that I might want to buy or download. Now the store is divided into different sections. Currently I'm looking at the Featured section. I can go through these different buttons across the top to go through the different sections. If I go to Top Charts, I can see the top paid apps, and the top free apps. Now we can see examples of some applications that cost money, and I'll see a price next to it, and some applications that are free, and they have this button that say "Get".
Then, there are more categories. I'll click over here, if I'm looking just for games, or just for applications for graphic design, I can go through these different categories. Then there's this Purchased section. When you go to the Purchased section, you can see a list of all of the apps that you've purchased in the past. Now we need to talk about your account. See, if we go to the store menu, you can see that I'm currently signed in with my Apple ID. And the App Store is one of those applications where you will need an Apple ID to work with it.
Kind of similar to iTunes. And of course, you will need a credit card attached to your Apple ID. So, if you come here and you see the option to sign in, because you're not currently signed into your account, you'll need to choose that, sign into your account, then you'll want to go into this option that says "View My Account", and make sure you have a credit card attached to your account. If you are signed in with your account, when you come here to the Purchased section, you'll see a list of all of the apps that you've purchased in the past, and you can hit this Install button to install those apps, if they're not on your computer.
If they have been installed on your computer, you can open them from here. Then, there's the section for Updates. If there are any updates for any of the apps that you've purchased, or any updates from Mac OS itself, or any of the bundle apps that come with Mac OS, you'll see them here. You can come to this page, you can hit the button to Update next to the individual items on the list, and those apps will update. But let's continue on and look at how to buy some apps. So, I'm going to go to the search field and I'm going to search for something specific.
Of course I could browse through one of these other categories, but I want to search for something. So, let me search for an app called "Angry Birds". This is a pretty popular game that a lot of people buy on the App Store. When you're looking at apps, one important thing to look at is the price. You can see that several of these have a price next to them, $4.99, $4.99, so if you want to buy one of these, you can click on it, and then it will make that purchase and it will charge the credit card associated with your account. Now, some apps will have a button that simply says, "Get".
This is a free app that can click on to install on your computer. Then you see this, it says Install, that's because this is an app that I purchased on another computer with my account. It also appears on my Purchased list. Now you can click on any of these icons to get more information about these apps. You'll see the price button or the install button will be here as well. You can scroll through here and you can read reviews. The reviews will help you decide if this is actually a good app that you want to install.
If it has a lot of really bad reviews, you might not want to buy it. Then again, if it's a free app, it might be worth trying out. Anyway, I want to go back up to the top and I want to see what happens when we install an app from the App Store. So whether it's something you've bought previously, it's something you're buying now, or it's a free app, you'll just hit this button, and it will install that app on your computer. Of course, if it costs money, you'll have to pay that, but after it makes a purchase, it will start installing on your computer, and it looks like that. You'll see the icon bounces down to the Launchpad.
You'll see this little black bar is building out. That's giving me some status to let me know how long it's going to take to install this app. If I click on Launchpad, I can see that app is here, and it has a status bar here as well, and again, it's giving me an idea of how long it will take to install. So let me skip forward in time just a little bit, and that's what it looks like when the application finishes installing. The Launchpad icon bounces to show you that it's finished, and now I can see the app is here ready to go, and it has this little blue bullet next to it.
That blue bullet means either this app is new, and you've never launched it, or it's been updated since the last time you launched it. So all I would need to do is click on this to launch it, but we're not interested in this specific app, we just wanted to see the process of installing something from the App Store. And that's really all it takes. Now, you should be able to install applications and keep them up to date using the App Store in Mac OS.
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- Using tabs to organize the Finder window
- Using Mission Control and Split View to organize a workspace
- Organizing applications in the Dock
- Customizing the Dock
- Multitasking between multiple applications
- Searching for files using Spotlight
- Tagging files for quick searchability
- Privacy and security in Safari
- Working with Mail, Contacts, and Calendar
- Using an AppleID for iMessage and FaceTime
- Working with notifications
- Using the App Store to install and update applications