How Do I Sign out of the Mac app store: Apple did a really good job redesigning the Mac App Store beside the launch of mac OS Mojave and made it noticeably easier to find new apps. Unfortunately, it is sometimes in fact impossible to find old ones. You go to the store to again download an app you have previously bought and Mojave insists that there are not any. It shows you ‘no purchases’ and condescendingly explains that any previous purchases will be listed here when you have made some.
Unusually, it might in its place be adamant that you have one previous purchase.
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If you have this Mac App Store bug, though, you do not. We are not clear what happens if you then try to buy an app again but even if you did not get charged, it is untidy and trying to find what you have and have not bought is impossible.
We cannot account for any of this and we cannot exactly fix the virus but there are ways to work around the issue and get back your apps. It is just that this entire situation is a royal pain and we should not have to do this at all.
Finding The Problem:
Whatever’s causing the problem, and usual culprit appears to be Family Sharing. If you have Family Sharing switched on, whether you are using it or not, then it is likely that you will see this ‘No Purchases’ virus.
However, the fix for that is adequately boring that first it is worth running through other possible solutions that have helped people. Some of these are clear, but they still should be tried first.
- Open the Mac App Store and if you are signed in,
- You will see your name at the bottom left corner.
- Choose Sign Out from the Store menu.
- Your name changes to say just Sign In so click on that or the Store menu’s same command and log back in.
The Right Account
This solution is a little more likely to be right if you have been using Macs for a long time and have accumulated several Apple IDs. We still yearn for a way to combine them all into one but until that are possible, we do get the situation where we have signed in on the wrong account.
Say you have a US and a UK iTunes account or one way or another different Apple ID on your Mac than on your iPhone. You could have bought an app under one account and so it is fairly reasonable that it does not show up as a previous purchase under the other.