CleanMyMac X – Choose Your Marketplace

Earlier this year, we introduced you to CleamMyMac X (read our review here).

At the time of our review, CleanMyMac X was only available from the MacPaw Store but we were impressed that the application was Notorized by Apple which gave us a level of confidence regarding the use of this product.

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Recently, CleanMyMac X has gone one step further, and is now available directly from the Mac App Store.

However, there are some differences in the versions available from the App Store and the one available directly from the MacPaw Store as illustrated in the table below.

MacPaw StoreApp Store
Pricing and purchase information……
Monthly subscriptionNot availableNot available
Annual subscription++
One-time purchase+Not available
Free trialTrial mode; limited in the functionalityTrial mode; limited in the functionality
Free upgrade to major versionsOnly for subscribers*+
Number of devices1 Mac (by default)2 Macs and 5 Macs offers are availableYour Apple ID devices
Other advantages30% off all purchases at MacPaw Store 50% upgrade discount (if you own a previous paid version)Homelike UI of the store. No need to add payment details

Pricing and how many Macs you can install the software on is only part of the difference.  There are modules available on the MacPaw Store version that are not available on the App Store version.  Here is what MacPaw has to say about why the App Store version is limited in functionality.

The fact that some CleanMyMac X features aren’t available on the App Store doesn’t mean they’re harmful or illegal. The App Store limits privileges of applications to protect your Mac from malicious software, but this approach also imposes unnecessary restrictions on safe activities, like cleaning system logs or even updating applications. That’s exactly what happened to CleanMyMac X.”

For a full understanding of the differences between the purchase options, we suggest you look at the information page on the MacPaw site, which you can jump to here.

The Bottom Line

We don’t have a strong opinion as to which is the better way to purchase CleanMyMac X but feel it’s important you know all of your options before making a purchase.

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