When an update is available for any apps installed through the Mac App Store, you will see the “Updates” icon light up blue and have a number on it, signifying the number of software updates that are available.
Install and Update Apps in the Mac App Store
- Click on the “Updates” icon if it is glowing blue
- To update all apps, click on the “Update All” button
- To update individual apps, click on the “Update” button next to the individual app name
- Let the App Store download and install the updates
Remember, this only updates apps that have been installed through the Mac App Store, if you have apps that were installed from another source they will not be listed in the updates list regardless of how old their version is.
This is obviously a beginner tip, but as the resident “Mac guy” in the family, I was just asked how to do this, so hopefully this helps someone else too.