Are you noticing a program called Microsoft AutoUpdate running in the background on your Mac’s Activity Monitor? Wondering what it is and how to stop it? Let’s explore.
If you use Microsoft Office or other Microsoft programs on your Mac, it’s common to see Microsoft AutoUpdate running. This applet is responsible for keeping your Microsoft applications up-to-date. However, if it causes issues like slow performance or crashes, interrupts your work, or if you prefer manual updates, you can disable it.
Keep reading to learn how to stop Microsoft AutoUpdate on MacBook, iMac, and Mac mini.
What is Microsoft AutoUpdate on Mac?
Microsoft AutoUpdate is a tool that keeps Microsoft Office and other Microsoft programs, like OneDrive, OneNote, and Teams, updated on your Mac. It’s usually bundled with most Microsoft applications, but you can also download it separately.
By default, Microsoft AutoUpdate automatically checks for updates and installs them in the background, ensuring you have the latest features, bug fixes, and enhancements.
However, sometimes updates can cause issues, so if you prefer to update Microsoft apps at your own pace or disable it for other reasons, you can follow the steps below.
How to Stop Microsoft AutoUpdate on Mac
To stop Microsoft AutoUpdate from automatically downloading and installing updates, you must first access the app. However, you won’t find it in the Launchpad or Applications folder. Instead, follow these steps:
1. Control-click or right-click the Finder icon on the Dock and select Go to Folder.
2. Type in the following path in the Go to Folder window and press Enter:
3. From the list of results that appears, look for a folder starting with MAU, such as MAU2.0, and open it.
4. Double-click the file labeled Microsoft AutoUpdate to launch the dialog box.
5. Uncheck the box next to the “Automatically keep Microsoft Apps up to date” option.
Alternatively, you can also go to Microsoft AutoUpdate > Preferences on the top menu bar and uncheck the box next to Automatically download and install.
6. Click on Turn Off on the following confirmation pop-up.
7. Finally, quit the Microsoft AutoUpdate window.
Doing so will disable Microsoft Autoupdate to automatically look for updates of the Microsoft apps installed on your Mac.
Next time you want to update your Microsoft apps, open Microsoft AutoUpdate and select Check for Updates. Then, select the Update button next to an app or Update All to install all pending updates. Alternatively, you can use any built-in update options within a Microsoft app.
If you want to re-enable automatic updates, check the box next to Automatically keep Microsoft Apps up to date within the Microsoft AutoUpdate app.
How to Delete Microsoft AutoUpdate on Mac
If you no longer have any Microsoft apps on your Mac, you can delete Microsoft AutoUpdate. Follow these steps:
1. Control-click the Finder icon on the Dock and select Go to Folder.
2. Type the following path and press Enter:
3. Right-click on the MAU folder and select Move to Trash. Enter your Mac user account password if prompted.
4. Come back to the Go to Folder window and go to the following location:
5. Here, look for the following file and move it to Trash:
6. Similarly, go to the following location:
and move the following file into the Trash:
If you accidentally delete Microsoft AutoUpdate and need it back, you can download and install it from the Microsoft website.
How to turn off Microsoft AutoUpdate Notifications
If you are tired of receiving update-related notifications from Microsoft AutoUpdate, here is a simple guide to disable them.
1. To begin with, click on the Apple menu and select System Preferences.
2. Once you are in System Preferences, navigate to the Notifications & Focus option if you are on macOS Monterey or earlier.
3. Here, you will see a list of apps that are allowed to send notifications. Look for Microsoft Update Assistant on the left pane and click on it.
4. Toggle off the switch next to the Allow Notifications option.
If you change your mind in the future and want to receive notifications from Microsoft AutoUpdate again, simply revisit the same screen and turn on the switch next to Allow Notifications.
Although Microsoft AutoUpdate is safe, automatic updates aren’t for everyone. If you disable it, make sure to check for and update any Microsoft apps manually. Additionally, feel free to uninstall it if you don’t have anything from Microsoft remaining to update.
In conclusion, we hope this article has helped you understand what Microsoft AutoUpdate is and how to stop it on your Mac.
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