Disabling Spotlight Also Disables Mac App Store Updates

by Christopher Paul on April 23, 2012

I forget why I disabled Spotlight on my laptop running Lion but I did. What I didn’t realize is the Mac App Store must have Spotlight running (or indexing your main hard drive) in order to update your purchased apps. You can still buy apps, though.

I started noticing a bunch of apps I purchased had updates but when I clicked on the ‘Update’ tab of the Mac App Store, it said all my apps were up to date.

Restarting the computer didn’t help. Neither did signing in and out of the store. I even reset purchase warnings to see if that would help.

So if you are daring enough to disable Spotlight and find yourself unable to update your apps, turn it back on.

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