Quick Tip: How to ‘Accept’ an App in the Mac App Store

After I bought my new iMac (and stuffed it with memory from OWC) I decided to start fresh instead of simply transferring all my data over from my older Mac. Everything went smoothly … at first.

However, when I went to download all my purchased iWork apps (Pages, Keynote, Numbers) from the Mac App Store, I got this message when I tried to update Pages: “Unable to update Pages’ To update this app, you need to accept it on the Account page in the App Store.”

I had never run into this in all my (many) years of using a Mac. After a lot of experimentation and looking for online help, I found the solution. If you run into this situation you should:

Open the Mac Store App and make sure you’re signed into you account.

Go to Store > View My Account.

Then click Accept.

Once I went through these steps, everything worked fine. Whether this is something new that Apple is implemented, I don’t know. However, if you run into the problem, now you have a fix.


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  • mine does not show accept.. Please advise how to accept the app so I can update it thanks

  • Security is first priority of Apple since the beginning of the development of iOS but users also have some extended privileges to permit those apps that are going to be useful for productivity. So, It’s nice to know quick and important tip to allow apps i have asked a feature built

  • I had the same problem, after updating to Mojave on a newly purchased iMac. However, there was no option for me to click on “accept“ under store > view my account. I deleted the offending apps and then found them in the App Store and re-downloaded them. That finally worked for me.