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How to Update a Mac

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Introduction

Keeping your Mac up-to-date means having access to all the latest features Apple offers, as well as helping to keep you secure and safe online.
Before You Begin:
  • Your computer must be connected to the internet.
  • If you are using a Mac laptop, make sure it's plugged in.
macOS

1 Software Updates

There are two areas to check for updates for your Mac, the System Software and the Apps installed from the App Store.

Update System Software

  1. Open the Apple menu, and select System Preferences.
    macOS Mojave Apple Menu with System Preferences highlighted.
  2. Select Software Update.
    Software Update Preferences
  3. Any updates to your System Software will be offered here.
    Software Update Preferences

Update App Store Apps

  1. Open the Apple menu, and select App Store.
    macOS Mojave Apple Menu with App Store highlighted.
  2. Select Updates on the left. Any updates available will be offered here.
    App Store with Updates highlighted.

2 Configure Automatic Updates

For the best security, we recommend keeping all apps and the operating system up to date.

macOS Operating System

  1. Open the Apple menu, and select System Preferences.
    macOS Mojave Apple Menu with System Preferences highlighted.
  2. Select Software Update.
    Software Update Preferences
  3. Any updates for the macOS Operating System will be shown here. Make sure Automatically keep my Mac up to date is checked.
    Software Update Preferences with Automatically keep my Mac up to date.

Apps

  1. Select the Apple Menu, then App Store.
    macOS Mojave Apple Menu with App Store highlighted.
  2. Select the App Store menu, then Preferences.
    App Store Menu with Preferences highlighted.
  3. Make sure Automatic Updates is checked.
    App Store Preferences with Automatic Updates highlighted

MacBook, MacBook Pro, and MacBook Air must have the power adapter plugged in to automatically download updates.

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Keeping your Mac up-to-date means having access to all the latest features Apple offers, as well as helping to keep you secure and safe online.
Before You Begin:
  • Your computer must be connected to the internet.
  • If you are using a Mac laptop, make sure it's plugged in.
macOS

There are two areas to check for updates for your Mac, the System Software and the Apps installed from the App Store.

Update System Software

  1. Open the Apple menu, and select System Preferences.
    macOS Mojave Apple Menu with System Preferences highlighted.
  2. Select Software Update.
    Software Update Preferences
  3. Any updates to your System Software will be offered here.
    Software Update Preferences

Update App Store Apps

  1. Open the Apple menu, and select App Store.
    macOS Mojave Apple Menu with App Store highlighted.
  2. Select Updates on the left. Any updates available will be offered here.
    App Store with Updates highlighted.
For the best security, we recommend keeping all apps and the operating system up to date.

macOS Operating System

  1. Open the Apple menu, and select System Preferences.
    macOS Mojave Apple Menu with System Preferences highlighted.
  2. Select Software Update.
    Software Update Preferences
  3. Any updates for the macOS Operating System will be shown here. Make sure Automatically keep my Mac up to date is checked.
    Software Update Preferences with Automatically keep my Mac up to date.

Apps

  1. Select the Apple Menu, then App Store.
    macOS Mojave Apple Menu with App Store highlighted.
  2. Select the App Store menu, then Preferences.
    App Store Menu with Preferences highlighted.
  3. Make sure Automatic Updates is checked.
    App Store Preferences with Automatic Updates highlighted

MacBook, MacBook Pro, and MacBook Air must have the power adapter plugged in to automatically download updates.