How to Software Update Mac

Charlotte Daniels

Mac, Tutorials

To keep your Mac running smoothly and up-to-date, it’s important to regularly update its software. Software updates not only bring new features but also fix bugs and enhance security. In this tutorial, we will guide you through the process of updating your Mac’s software.

Step 1: Check for Updates
The first step is to check if there are any available updates for your Mac. To do this, follow these simple steps:

1. Click on the Apple menu located in the top-left corner of your screen. 2.

Select “System Preferences” from the dropdown menu. 3. In the System Preferences window, click on “Software Update”.

Step 2: Update macOS

Once you have opened the Software Update window, you will see if there are any available updates for your macOS. If there are updates available, follow these steps to install them:

1. Click on the “Update Now” button, and macOS will begin downloading the update files.

2. Once the download is complete, click on “Restart” to install the update.


It’s recommended to save any unsaved work before proceeding with the update.

Step 3: Update Apps

In addition to updating macOS, it’s also important to keep your apps up-to-date. Updated apps not only provide new features but also fix compatibility issues with newer macOS versions.

To update apps on your Mac:

1. Open the App Store, which can be found in the Dock or by searching in Spotlight.

Click on “Updates”, located at the top of the App Store window. You will see a list of available app updates.

  • To update individual apps: Click on the “Update” button next to each app.
  • To update all apps: Click on the “Update All” button at the top-right corner of the window.

Step 4: Enable Automatic Updates

To ensure that your Mac stays up-to-date without manual intervention, you can enable automatic updates. With automatic updates enabled, your Mac will download and install updates in the background.

To enable automatic updates:

1. Go to System Preferences by clicking on the Apple menu and selecting “System Preferences”.

Click on “Software Update” in the System Preferences window. Check the box that says “Automatically keep my Mac up to date”.


Automatic updates will not interrupt your work, as they are scheduled to install when your Mac is not in use.

By following these steps, you can easily update both your macOS and apps on your Mac. Regular software updates ensure that you have access to new features, improved performance, and enhanced security. Keeping your Mac up-to-date is essential for a smooth and secure computing experience!

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