Update macOS on Mac

Use Software Update to update or upgrade macOS, including built-in apps like Safari.

Update macOS and its apps

  1. From the Apple menu  in the corner of your screen, choose System Preferences.
  2. Click Software Update.
  3. If any updates or upgrades are available, click Update Now or Upgrade Now to install them. When Software Update says that your Mac is up to date, then macOS and all of its apps are up to date, including Safari, Messages, Mail, Music, Photos, FaceTime, Calendar, and Books.

Software Update preferences

If you can't install software updates:

Update other apps and devices

Use the App Store to get updates for iMovie, Garageband, Pages, Numbers, Keynote, and other apps downloaded from the App Store.

  1. Open the App Store app on your Mac.
  2. Click Updates.
  3. Use the Update buttons to download and install any updates listed.

Learn how to update iPhone, iPad, or iPod touch as well.


Update: A later version of the currently installed software. Learn about macOS Big Sur updates, for example.

Upgrade: A major new version, often with new system requirements. Each macOS upgrade has a unique name, such as macOS Big Sur. Learn more about installing the latest macOS upgrade. Some old versions of macOS are also available.

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