How to get software updates for your Mac

Update OS X and apps that you got through the Mac App Store or from Apple.

Use the Mac App Store

  1. Open the App Store app on your Mac.
  2. Click Updates in the toolbar.
  3. Update each app individually, or click Update All to install all available updates.
    Updates pane of Mac App Store

To find software upgrades instead of updates, use Search in the upper-right corner of the window. An upgrade is a major new version of the software. For example, OS X El Capitan is an upgrade from OS X Yosemite or earlier.

Or use Software Update

The Mac App Store is included with OS X Snow Leopard v10.6.6 and later. If you don't have the Mac App Store, choose Software Update from the Apple menu, then follow the onscreen instructions. Some software updates are also available from the Apple Support Downloads site.

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