Last updated: April 13, 2016
I am asked to install Java after I already installed it
You’re thrilled about upgrading your Mac to OS X 10.10 Yosemite. Who wouldn’t be? Everything seems to be running smoothly. You have checked out all the great new features, updated your desktop background to a pink-hued image of a snow-capped Half Dome, and made sure all of your apps are working as they should. As the excitement begins to wane, it’s time to get down to business. Your web browser launches as expected, and you navigate to your favorite site. That site just so happens to include Java content. The breaks screech, and the excitement turns to terror. You see that you have a missing plug-in , a dialog asking you to download Java, or a dialog that says the webpage has content that requires the Java plug-in.
No problem. Countless times you’ve visited the Java.com web site to update Java on your Mac. Everyone knows by now that you need to keep Java up to date for security purposes. So it’s a good idea to update Java anyway. Java has not been pre-installed on Macs since OS X version 10.7 (Lion) and later. To download and install the latest version of Java from Oracle, Mac users who are running OS X version 10.7 or later need to visit the Java.com web site. Going through the Java update process helps to keep your Mac safe from potential Java vulnerabilities.
However, once you have updated your Mac to the latest Java version, you may still see a prompt that asks you to download Java. If so, there is no need to fret. It’s just time to dig a little bit deeper. If you have upgraded your Mac to Yosemite from a previous OS X version, you may still have Apple’s Java 6 installed. The dialog you see may display because an application on your Mac is using Apple’s Java 6. Some previous Java updates for Mac have uninstalled Apple’s Java. To get Java working on your Mac, you may wish to uninstall Apple’s Java 6 from your Mac, or make sure it is running the latest Java 6 version. Once you have uninstalled or updated Apple’s Java 6, the dialog to download Java should no longer display.
For more information, visit Apple’s support page: Java for OS X 2014-001
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