How To Get iWork Apps On OS X Yosemite For Free On Older Macs

Here’s how to download iWork apps Pages, Keynote and Numbers absolutely free from Apple on your old Mac running OS X Yosemite. Head past the jump for complete details.

Apple’s iWork suite of apps has been around for quite a while, but has been a paid affair until recently. In fact, if you have bought a Mac after 2013, then you’re entitled to Apple’s productivity suite absolutely free. But if you have an older Mac, one bought prior to 2013, then you have to pay for each individual app, which includes Pages, Keynote and Numbers, each costing $19.99.

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Simply follow our guide below and you’ll have iWork for Mac absolutely free and save $60 straight away.

Note: Though the guide has been shaped up for OS X Yosemite, but we found out that even if you’re running Mavericks, you can still get iWork for free using this method.

Step 1: To begin, download and install the official iWork ‘09 trial on your Mac from Apple here.

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Step 2: Once the iWork ‘09 trial is installed, launch each app individually once and quit them.

Step 3: Now launch the Mac App Store and navigate to the Updates section, or alternatively just search for ‘iWork’.

Step 4: You should now be seeing Pages, Keynote, and Numbers listed as free updates for your Mac.

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Step 5: Simply install the updates like you would for any other app.

Step 6: Once the update process is complete, you’ll notice that the trial apps are no more, and instead have been replaced by the latest version of Pages, Numbers and Keynote, and guess what? They’re full and final copies!

But the fun doesn’t end there; click on the Purchases tab in the Mac App Store and you’ll notice that the apps are now associated with your Apple ID and you can download them on any other Mac you might have.

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As you can see, this is a bug that Apple doesn’t seem to have caught up with yet, and is something that we have witnessed before with iWork and Aperture last year.

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So if you really wanted that update to iWork, now would be the time, before Apple wakes up and patches up this vulnerability.

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