Note: This is provided as information only and ICT Services takes no responsibility for loss of data due to failed updates. We recommend all data be backed up or stored on Google Drive before attempting any updates.
Periodically, Apple releases updates to your macOS software (which can include updates to apps that come with your Mac and 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 for macOS updates manually in the Software Update pane of System Preferences.
Check for System updates manually
To download macOS software updates, choose Apple menu > System Preferences, then click Software Update.
Tip: You can also choose Apple menu > About This Mac, then click Software Update.
Set your Mac to check for software updates automatically
- On your Mac, choose Apple menu > System Preferences, then click Software Update.
- To automatically install macOS updates, select “Automatically keep my Mac up-to-date.”
- To set advanced update options, click Advanced, then do any of the following:
- To have your Mac check for updates automatically, select “Check for updates.”
- To have your Mac download updates without asking, select “Download new updates when available.”
- To have your Mac install macOS updates automatically, select “Install macOS updates.”
- To have your Mac install app updates from the App Store automatically, select “Install app updates from the App Store.”
- To have your Mac install system files and security updates automatically, select “Install system data files and security updates.”
- Click OK.
To receive the latest updates automatically, it’s recommended that you select “Check for updates,” “Download new updates when available,” and “Install system data files and security updates.”
Note: MacBook, MacBook Pro and MacBook Air must have the power adapter plugged in to automatically download updates.