How to update your Mac
Apple releases minor updates for its Mac range throughout the year and a major feature update once a year. This is usually in the fall, bringing new features and improvements. 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.
Here’s how to update your Mac
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.
Before you start, it’s a good idea to do a Time Machine backup of your Mac. Once that is complete, follow along below.
Click on the Apple icon at the top left corner
Select System Preferences
Click on Software Update
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 11.0.1
- Upgrade Now
This installs the next major version of macOS, like macOS Monterey
While you’re here, check the box next to Automatically keep my Mac up to date
Keeping your Mac up to date with Software Update also updates any Apple apps. These include Safari, Messages, Mail, Music, Photos, FaceTime, and Calendar.
Keep your Mac 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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