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Solve a Problem With a Mac App

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It can be very frustrating when an app does not work as expected. Here is what you can do about it.

Read the FAQ

To quickly solve a problem, see if you can find it in the frequently asked questions (FAQ). There might be a help button in the app or you can visit the app’s website to find them.

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Contact Customer Support

Bad customer support can be very frustrating. However, good customer support can solve most problems in reasonable time. So give them a chance to help you.

Contact Them Directly

Avoid reporting a problem through a review. Reviews need to be approved by Apple and replies to them, too, which can delay support for several days.

Be Specific

Be specific in describing the problem so that the developer can reproduce it.

Include Crash Reports

If the app crashed (suddenly quit), a crash report can help the developer identify the problem.

  1. Open the app Console (Applications → Utilities → Console).
  2. Select Crash Reports on the left.
  3. In the search bar in the top right, type the name of the app.
  4. Select the first result where Process Name matches the app name.
  5. Select all of the text that appears in the section below the list and copy it. Crash report in Console on Mac
  6. Paste the crash report text in your message to customer support.

Request a Feature

When you request a new feature, explain the problem you are facing, not just the solution. How is the current functionality insufficient? That way the developer can understand the motivation behind your request and consider alternative solutions.

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Common Problems

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The App Is Damaged and Can’t Be Opened

This error usually means that there is an issue related to the Mac App Store.


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