Keep your Mac up to date

  1. On your Mac, choose Apple menu  > System Preferences, then click Software Update.

    Open Software Update preferences for me

  2. To automatically install macOS updates, select “Automatically keep my Mac up to date”.

  3. To set advanced update options, click Advanced, then do any of the following:

    • To have your Mac check for updates automatically, select “Check for updates”.

    • To have your Mac download updates without asking, select “Download new updates when available”.

    • To have your Mac install macOS updates automatically, select “Install macOS updates”.

    • To have your Mac install app updates from the App Store automatically, select “Install app updates from the App Store”.

    • To have your Mac install system files and security updates automatically, select “Install system data files and security updates”.

  4. Click OK.

To receive the latest updates automatically, it’s recommended that you select “Check for updates”, “Download new updates when available” and “Install system data files and security updates”.

Note: MacBook, MacBook Pro and MacBook Air must have the power adapter plugged in to automatically download updates.