I have downloaded the macOS Sierra from app store but unable to install it. It's not displayed in updates section...

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Did you look in your applications folder? Usually it downloads there. If you open your Applications folder there's an app called Install macOS Sierra

Found at: https://www.reddit.com/r/applehelp/comments/53qqnp/macos_sierra_downloaded_but_not_installed/

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  • If you have moved it to another folder it will be updated there if you choose to download it from the App Store again. It will not be downloaded to the /Applications folder a second time. I usually move my OS X installers to another disk and I have encountered this several times.
    – Joppe
    Commented Jun 23, 2017 at 10:14

Yes I had the same issue go to applications and click the file that was downloaed. It is working now as in the past it froze on me.


After downloading macOS Sierra it doesn't appear in the Updates section of the App Store app. Instead it is downloaded to your disk and usually can be found in /Applications. If you have downloaded a public beta or a developer beta and moved it to a different folder previously, it may reside there instead.

Depending on your system language the name is Install macOS Sierra (English) or a name translated to your language accordingly.


It's in the applications folder


or just do a spotlight search for sierra

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