OS X Mavericks Won’t Download? 3 Tips to Speed Things Along

Despite Apple’s best efforts, unveiling a brand new operating system with the purchase price of free will cause a bunch of people to want to download it immediately. For some people, the download went very quickly. For others, it was and is continuing to be a slow process.

Here are some tips to help speed up the download and to restart it if it seems OS X Mavericks won’t download.

Depending on system configuration and Internet download speeds, mileage will vary. However, even on the fastest of Internet connections people are having issues with the downloads and download speeds.

Connect via Ethernet


A hardwire connection is still more reliable than wireless. (Photo: Shutterstock)

If a [amazon_link id=”B008ALA6DW” target=”_blank” container=”” container_class=”” ]Thunderbolt ethernet adapter[/amazon_link] is available, or the Mac has a built in ethernet port, it is advised to directly connect to the router or switch with a cable. There is less likelihood of interference, and the download should be quicker and more reliable in most situations.

Pause and Restart the Download


The OSX download page.

By opening the App Store and clicking on Purchases, a Mac user can view the download progress of Mavericks. Next to the download bar is a button to pause the download. Click pause and wait approximately 30 seconds to one minute. Then, click Resume so the download can continue.

Data transferred from a massive data center like Akamai (who handles Apple’s distribution) does not all come from one location. If one switch or even data node is bogged down, pausing the download causes the computer to disconnect from that node and reconnect to another one. That new node may be faster than the one previously connected to and should improve speeds.

Note: This could also work in reverse, so your results may vary.

Wait Until Later


Sometimes patience is the best route. (Photo: Shutterstock)

It may seem obvious, but waiting until later in the evening will greatly improve download speeds. Also, some computer professionals suggest waiting until there have been a few patches issued for an operating system before updating. This will ensure the best application compatibility.

Whichever way is employed, good luck and happy downloading!