How to update the software on your Mac

Use the App Store to update the Mac operating system and any apps you got from the App Store.

To check for Mac software updates, open the App Store app on your Mac. Click Updates in the App Store toolbar, then use the Update buttons to download and install any updates listed. Updates installed in the last 30 days appear below this list.

If you don't see an expected update for Mac:

  • Install any updates that are listed, then return to the Updates tab to check again. If you still don't see an expected update, use the Search field to find the app that you want to update.
  • Updates for Safari and Mac firmware might not appear, because you get them as part of macOS updates.
  • If you didn't get an app from the App Store, check with the maker of the app for updates.
  • If you're using OS X Snow Leopard or Lion, get OS X updates by choosing Software Update from the Apple () menu.

Learn how to upgrade to the latest macOS, which includes the latest Safari and App Store.

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