Discover how to check for software and OS updates on your Apple Mac.

Keeping your Mac up to date with the latest software releases is the best way to prevent security threats from the web, fix software bugs, and get access to the latest features in your favorite apps. macOS will always remind you when there are updates available via a notification alert in the top-right corner of the screen, but it’s easy to manually check for updates, or modify how your Mac looks for updates in the background.

Manually check for updates

If you want to see what updates are available for your apps and operating system:

  1. Click on the Apple logo in the menu at the top of the screen.
  2. Choose App Store…
  3. Click on the Updates tab if it’s not already selected.

On the following panel, you’ll see a list of any available updates. Click the Update button to install an update, or choose Update All at the top of the window to install every update in one go.

If you’re expecting to see a specific update but it’s not there, install any available updates, then return to the Updates tab to check again.


Hide a macOS system update

If you want to stick with your current version of macOS, or don’t want to be pestered by the update notifications:

  1. Open the App Store, then click Updates.
  2. Right-click on the macOS update at the top of the screen.
  3. Choose Hide Update.

If you want to show the update again, click on the Store button in the menu bar and choose Show All Software Updates…


Enable or modify automatic updates

Your Mac will automatically download updates whenever they become available, and even try to install them if you don’t have any applications with unsaved work open. If you would like to enable or modify these features, begin by opening System Preferences. You can do this by clicking on the Apple logo in the menu bar, then choosing System Preferences…

  • To download updates automatically, select Download newly available updates in the background.
  • To install app updates automatically, select Install app updates.
  • To install macOS updates automatically, select Install macOS updates.
  • To install system files and security updates automatically, select Install system data files and security updates.

Please note that your MacBook must have its power adapter plugged in to automatically download any updates.

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