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How to Update a MacBook Pro

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Introduction

Periodically, Apple releases updates to your computer’s software (which can include important security updates).

If you receive a notification that software updates are available, you can choose when to install the updates, or choose to be reminded the next day.

You can also check the App Store in the Apple menu to see if there are any updates.

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

1 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.

2 Check for Updates

  1. Select the Apple menu, then App Store.
    macOS Mojave Apple Menu with App Store highlighted.
  2. You will now see the app store pull up. Select Updates.
    If Your Mac is Running 10.14 Mojave or Later App Store side bar with Updates highlighted.
    If Your Mac is Running 10.13 High Sierra or Earlier App store menu bar with Updates highlighted.

Any version of macOS 10.7 (Lion) or older can check for available updates through the Apple Menu and Software Updates.

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Periodically, Apple releases updates to your computer’s software (which can include important security updates).

If you receive a notification that software updates are available, you can choose when to install the updates, or choose to be reminded the next day.

You can also check the App Store in the Apple menu to see if there are any updates.

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

  1. Select the Apple menu, then App Store.
    macOS Mojave Apple Menu with App Store highlighted.
  2. You will now see the app store pull up. Select Updates.
    If Your Mac is Running 10.14 Mojave or Later App Store side bar with Updates highlighted.
    If Your Mac is Running 10.13 High Sierra or Earlier App store menu bar with Updates highlighted.

Any version of macOS 10.7 (Lion) or older can check for available updates through the Apple Menu and Software Updates.