Updating Software on your Mac

macOS updates improve the stability, performance, and security of your Mac. They include updates for Safari, iTunes, and other apps that are part of the OS.


How to get Updates for macOS Mojave


If you already upgraded to macOS Mojave, follow these steps to keep it up to date: 

  1. Open the Apple Menu by clicking on the Apple icon (Image: Apple Menu icon) in the upper left corner of your screen.
  2. Choose [System Preferences] then click [Software Update] to check for updates.
  3. If any updates are available, click the [Update Now] button to install them. Or click [More info] to see details about each update and select specific updates to install.
  4. To automatically install macOS updates in the future, including apps downloaded from the App Store, select [Automatically keep my Mac up to date]. Your Mac will notify you when updates require it to restart, so you can always choose to install those later.


When Software Update says that your Mac is up to date, macOS and all of its apps are also up to date. This includes SafariiTunes, Books, Messages, Mail, Calendar, Photos, and FaceTime.

How to get updates for earlier macOS versions

If you're using an earlier macOS or OS X version such as macOS High Sierra, Sierra or OS X El Capitan follow these steps to keep it up to date.

If you're using OS X Lion or Snow Leopard get OS X updates by choosing Software Update from the Apple menu, and then follow these steps.

  1. Choose Image: Apple Menu icon[App Store…].
  2. Click [Updates] in the App Store toolbar.Image: Mac_app-store-toolbar
  3. Use the [Update] buttons next to the app name to download and install any updates listed.
  4. To automatically download updates in the future, choose Image: Apple Menu icon[System Preferences], click [App Store], then select [Download newly available updates in the background]. Your Mac will notify you when updates are ready to install.


When the App Store shows no more updates, your version of macOS and all of its apps are up to date. That includes SafariiTunes, iBooks, Messages, Mail, Calendar, Photos, and FaceTime. Later versions are available by upgrading your macOS.

If you are having difficulty or you have unanswered questions, please contact the Help Desk via email, through the ITS Service Catalog or call (518) 388-6400.




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