How to Stop “Upgrade to MacOS High Sierra” Notifications on Your Mac

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Are you tired of the Upgrade to macOS High Sierra notifications regularly popping up on your Desktop? If you’re annoyed by the upgrade notifications but don’t want to install the system software update yet, then this article is for you.

Most Mac users think that there is no other option but to install the upgrade because there is no Dismiss or Close button. When the Upgrade to macOS High Sierra notification pops up, you are only given the Install and Details buttons. The Install button immediately tries to install the update while the Details button brings up the App Store where you can see more information about the update. The notifications are also timed – with some users complaining of weekly notifications while others are on a daily basis.

As much as we want to ignore the update, the notifications just won’t let the users be. This leads people to think that there is no other choice but to do the installation. If you are not ready to join the High Sierra bandwagon and you just want these annoying notifications to go away, there are several ways for you to disable Mac notifications for Upgrade to MacOS High Sierra. Here are some of the ways to turn off notifications on a Mac:

1. Relocating the .bundle File

This method involves editing a system level file so you should back up your Mac before doing this. Clean up your computer by running Tweakbit MacRepair and then back up your important files in case something goes wrong. To permanently stop notifications on Mac, follow these steps:

  1. Go to Finder and pull down the Go menu.
  2. Choose Go To Folder and enter the path /Library/Bundles/.
  3. Click Go. This will open the /Library/Bundles/ directory.
  4. Find OSXNotification.bundle. You have the option to move or delete the file. However, it is recommended to just transfer the file to another location in case you change your mind and would want to install the update in the future.
  5. While holding down the Command key, drag OSXNotification.bundle to a different file location. You can send it to your Documents folder, Desktop or any other folder within the Finder sidebar.
  6. Authenticate the changes by logging into your admin user account.
  7. After moving the file, close the /Library/Bundles/ folder and reboot your computer.

Once your computer has restarted, you will notice that the Upgrade to MacOS High Sierra notification is gone. As long as the OSXNotification.bundle file is out of the /Library/Bundles/ folder, you’ll never get another notification pop-up again.

2. Using Command Line

You can also disable mac notifications using the command line instead of moving the .bundle file to another folder. This is more technical so this method is recommended for advanced users only. To completely stop notifications on Mac, follow these steps:

  1. Open Terminal.
  2. Type in: sudo mv /Library/Bundles/OSXNotification.bundle ~/Documents/
  3. Hit Return, and then authenticate with your admin account.
  4. Restart your Mac for the changes to take effect.

This method also moves the .bundle file out of the Bundles directory to stop the upgrade notifications. In case you changed your mind and decided to proceed with the upgrade, just drag back the .bundle file to the original folder. You can also type in this command on the Terminal:

sudo mv ~/Documents/OSXNotification.bundle /Library/Bundles/

3. Hide Update on the App Store

This is probably the easiest way to completely get rid of macOS High Sierra notification. Here are the steps on what you should do:

  1. Once the notification pops up, click the Details button and it will open the Mac App Store. If there’s no pop-up, just launch Mac App Store from the Dock or Finder.
  2. Select Updates Tab.
  3. Find the banner for macOS High Sierra.
  4. Right-click anywhere within that banner and choose Hide Update.
  5. Close the Mac App Store.

These are just some of the methods to turn off notifications on a Mac. So if you’re not ready for the High Sierra update, follow these guides to get rid of the irritating notifications. Once you decide you’re ready, you can simply unblock the notifications or install the update manually.

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1 thought on “How to Stop “Upgrade to MacOS High Sierra” Notifications on Your Mac

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    April 2, 2018, 5:24 PM

    This is a good tip especially to those fresh to the blogosphere.
    Brief but very precise information… Thanks for sharing this one.

    A must read article!

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