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How to update your Mac

Keeping your Mac updated regularly keeps you safe and brings new features.

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Apple releases minor updates for its Mac range throughout the year and a major feature update once a year. So, how do you update your Mac to take advantage of those improvements?

Smaller updates throughout the year fix security issues. They also often add features that were not quite ready when the major update was released.

Your Mac can automatically update itself, or you can do it manually. Sometimes, you have to do it manually anyway, so it’s good to know how to do so.

If you’re looking for a quick rundown on how to update macOS, we got you covered.

Here’s how to update your macOS

If you want to make sure your Mac has the latest updates and security fixes, knowing how to quickly update your Mac is great to know. Let’s get right to it.

Click on the Apple icon at the top left cornermac home screen
Select System Preferencessystem preferences menu
Click on Software Updateupdate screen for mac

If you have an update, you’ll see one of two messages

Update Now

This installs updates to the installed version of macOS, like macOS Big Sur 11 to macOS Big Sur 11.0.1mac update now screen

Upgrade Now

This installs the next major version of macOS, like macOS Montereyupgrade now screen
While you’re here, check the box next to Automatically keep my Mac up to datescreenshot of mac software update with an arrow pointing to the automatic updates checkbox

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Keeping your Mac up to date also updates any Apple apps. These include Safari, Messages, Mail, Music, Photos, FaceTime, and Calendar.

Keep your Mac and macOS updated to get the latest features and security updates

Now you’ve got your Mac updated to the latest version of macOS. If you switched on automatic updates, you’ll hopefully never have to worry about this again.

The only thing you’ll have to do is reboot after it automatically installs the next update. If not, you now know how to update your Mac through the System Preferences menu.

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