How to Update Operating System on Mac

Kyle Wood

Mac, Tutorials

Updating the operating system on your Mac is essential to ensure that your device runs smoothly and securely. Apple regularly releases software updates that include bug fixes, new features, and improved stability. In this tutorial, we will guide you through the process of updating your Mac’s operating system.

Checking for Updates

To check for available updates on your Mac, follow these steps:

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

  2. Select “System Preferences” from the drop-down menu.

  3. In the System Preferences window, click on “Software Update.”

  4. Your Mac will now check for available updates. If any updates are found, they will be displayed.

Installing Updates

Once you have checked for available updates, follow these steps to install them:

  1. Click on the “Update Now” button next to each update you want to install.

  2. Enter your administrator password when prompted.

  3. The update will now begin downloading and installing. The progress bar will indicate the status of the installation.

Scheduling Automatic Updates

If you prefer to have your Mac automatically check for and install updates, you can schedule it to do so. Here’s how:

  1. Go back to the “Software Update” section in System Preferences (follow steps 1-3 in the “Checking for Updates” section).

  2. Click on “Advanced” located at the bottom-right corner of the window.

  3. In the Advanced window, check the box next to “Check for updates” and choose your desired frequency from the dropdown menu.

  4. Additionally, you can choose to have updates installed automatically by checking the box next to “Install macOS updates.”


Regularly updating your Mac’s operating system is crucial for optimal performance and security. By following the steps outlined in this tutorial, you can easily check for and install software updates on your Mac.

Remember to schedule automatic updates if you prefer a hands-off approach. Keeping your Mac up-to-date will ensure that you have access to new features and improvements while keeping your device secure.

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