Change Software Update preferences on Mac
Use Software Update preferences to update your macOS software and set whether your Mac checks for and downloads new updates automatically. To open Software Update preferences, choose Apple menu > System Preferences, then click Software Update.
Software Update preferences
Click Update Now to install all the available system software and updates that appear in the Software Update pane.
If you don’t see an Update Now button, there are no available updates.
Click “More info” to view information about available updates. Select an update to see information about it. To install updates, select the checkboxes of the updates you want and click Install Now.
Automatically keep my Mac up to date
Select this checkbox to have your Mac install updates automatically.
Click Advanced to see additional options for installing system software and updates automatically.
Software Update Advanced preferences
Check for updates
Have your Mac check for updates automatically.
Download new updates when available
Have your Mac download updates without asking you.
Install macOS updates
Have your Mac install macOS updates automatically.
Install app updates from the App Store
Have your Mac install app updates from the App Store automatically.
Install system data files and security updates
Have your Mac install system files and security updates automatically.
Important: 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.”
For more information about updating or downloading apps from the App Store, see Find, buy, and download apps.