Choose Your Marketplace: App Store, MacPaw Store, or Setapp

The MacPaw Store had been CleanMyMac’s main marketplace till 2017 when the application joined a wide software collection of Setapp. Recently, CleanMyMac X has also become a resident of the App Store. You can choose any of these stores to get CleanMyMac X, but, first, please think through their pricing and permitted app features because there’s a difference. 

Pricing and upgrades

CleanMyMac X prices depend on different factors like a number of covered devices, upgrade possibilities, and country-specific taxes. That’s why you should check current pricing plans right at the particular store. 

As for purchase options, have a look at this table:

MacPaw Store

App Store

Setapp

Pricing and purchase information

https://macpaw.com/sto...

https://apps.apple.com/ap...

https://setapp.com/pricing

Monthly subscription

Not available

Not available

+

Annual subscription

+

+

+

One-time purchase

+

Not available

Not available

Free trial

Trial mode; limited in the functionality

Trial mode; limited in the functionality

Trial period; fully-functional but limited in time

Free upgrade to major versions

Only for subscribers*

+

+

Number of devices
  • 1 Mac (by default) 
  • 2 Macs and 5 Macs offers are available
Your Apple ID devices
  • 1 Mac (by default)
  • Family and Team plans are available
Other advantages
  • Homelike UI of the store
  • No need to add payment details

Unlimited access to 160+ Mac apps**

*One-time purchase includes all updates and improvements, except for the major version upgrades. For example, a one-time purchase license of CleanMyMac 3 hasn’t implied upgrade to the all-new CleanMyMac X. 

Note that any subscription plan gives you all future upgrades. 

**No matter how many applications you use (CleanMyMac only or more than 100 apps), you pay a single subscription fee. All apps are fully-functional, restriction- and ad-free. Upgrades are included too. 

Available features and restrictions

The MacPaw Store and Setapp versions of CleanMyMac X slightly differ from the App Store one. In particular, the application review guidelines of Apple don’t permit some of CleanMyMac X features, so we had to either revise or step back from them. Nevertheless, this edition of the app still includes an impressive bunch of cleanup and optimization tools. 

If you want nothing less than an “uncensored” CleanMyMac X, follow millions of Mac users worldwide ⁠and choose either the MacPaw Store or Setapp

Why does the App Store restrict CleanMyMac features?

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. 

NOTE: CleanMyMac X distributed via the MacPaw Store and Setapp is safe for your Mac and notarized by Apple. Here you can read more about safety and privacy concerns of the app: Is CleanMyMac X safe? 

Modules of CleanMyMac X that aren’t available from the App Store

You won’t find the following modules of CleanMyMac X in its App Store version since their functionality is not allowed on this marketplace:

Modules of CleanMyMac X revised in the App Store version

Several modules of CleanMyMac X have gone through changes to reach the App Store and lost some categories, though the modules, in general, remain available.

Smart Scan

Initially, CleanMyMac’s Smart Scan included Cleanup, Protection, and Speed scanners. However, in the App Store version, Speed is replaced with the Large & Old Files scanner, which is a good opportunity to tidy up your files.

System Junk 

The following cleanup categories aren’t available from the App Store:

  • Xcode Simulators
  • System Log Files
  • System Caches Files
  • Language Files
  • Deleted Users

Trash Bins

The following cleanup categories aren’t available from the App Store:

  • Photos Library
  • Photos Library Duplicates (cleanup of the album created by the Gemini 2 app)

Privacy

The following privacy items aren’t available from the App Store:

  • Wi-Fi Networks 
  • Cookies
  • Application Permissions

Optimization

The following items were restricted in the App Store edition:

  • Heavy consumers
  • Hung Applications
  • Launch Agents: the category is available in the App Store version but enabling/disabling of launch agent is not allowed (you can review and uninstall agents)
  • Login Items: the category is available in the App Store version but for the review purpose only.

Uninstaller

Uninstaller can't remove binaries of the App Store applications but you still can reset them. Plus, CleanMyMac won’t offer you to remove Leftovers in this module. All other features function properly.

CleanMyMac X Menu

You won’t be able to do the following things:

  • Manage iOS devices
  • Quit resource-consuming apps 
  • Use real-time malware monitor

Other features are right where they have to be.

In general, these are all differences you may notice. The App Store version of CleanMyMac X has also lost its Updater and Agent components but they belong to the hidden background processes.

Please compare existing purchase offers of CleanMyMac X carefully and choose your favorite.

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