How to back up applications

Discussion in 'Mac Basics and Help' started by Rowf, May 19, 2011.

  1. Rowf macrumors regular

    Feb 7, 2011
    I make back ups using time machine but how do I back up single applications to an external location.

    For instance: I have WriteRoom installed which I purchased from the App store. Can I just copy WriteRoom from my applications folder and then, if it was uninstalled, copy it back to the applications folder to reinstall it?
  2. simsaladimbamba, May 19, 2011
    Last edited: May 19, 2011


    Nov 28, 2010
    Yes, that is what I did with purchased applications from the Mac App Store - AirDisplay for example.
  3. Rowf thread starter macrumors regular

    Feb 7, 2011
    I was hoping it would be that easy :)

    Thank you.
  4. blevins321 macrumors 68030

    Dec 24, 2010
    Winnipeg, MB
    That works with about 95% of applications, but some require reinstallation instead of just backing up the app/folder inside your Applications folder. Adobe comes to mind, Microsoft Office probably too. Mainly because of the integrated system functions and the activation records being hidden elsewhere.
  5. satcomer macrumors 603


    Feb 19, 2008
    The Finger Lakes Region
    Buy an external disk (that can use the fastest port on your Mac) you can use as a Time Machine backup disk. This will backup files you can access anytime the disk is connected.

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