We try to make Setapp helpful when you need it the most. That's why Setapp may recommend apps suitable for the work you're doing in a particular situation.
Please note that smart suggestions are only available for new Setapp members because we're still testing and improving the feature.
How smart suggestions work?
Setapp watches the operations, registered by your macOS, and, if there's an app suitable for an occasion, we show a banner with a recommendation. For example, when you copy lots of data (like many pages of text or a large file), we may recommend Paste; or, when you unplug Mac from a power outlet, Endurance may come out as a suggestion.
To avoid annoyance, Setapp suggests any app for 2 times only. Smart suggestions are never displayed if your Mac is in the Don Not Disturb mode.
Wait, are you tracking my every step?
No. Monitoring processes and exposing the resulting records for other apps in real-time is the core feature of any operation system, and macOS is no exception. For instance, the Activity Monitor app is totally based on processing the running processes; Google Chrome checks for Internet connection every once in a while, and the Pages app constantly syncs your texts with iCloud. Smart suggestions are working in the same way.
Are smart suggestions safe for my privacy?
All the data is processed within the Setapp desktop app and never leaves your Mac. We're not collecting nor storing any data, related to the running processes on your Mac — neither personalized nor anonymous.
Can smart suggestions slow down my Mac?
No, the feature is light on resources — like Activity Monitor or any other system utility on a Mac. In fact, the resources used can't even be compared with an open app.
Disable smart suggestions
If you don't want to see smart suggestions, you can turn them off:
- Open Setapp and choose Setapp > Preference.
- Deselect "Enable smart suggestions."