OS X Mavericks: Keep your Mac up to date

Keep your Mac up to date

Periodically, Apple releases updates to your computer’s software (which can include important security updates).

If you receive a Software Update notification, you can choose when to update your software, or choose to be reminded the next day, right in the notification.

Check for updates manually

Choose Apple menu > Software Update.

The Mac App Store opens. Any available updates are listed.

Set your Mac to check for updates automatically

  1. Choose Apple menu > System Preferences, then click App Store.
  2. Select “Automatically check for updates.”
    • To have your Mac download updates without asking, select “Download newly available updates in the background.”

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

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

Last Modified: May 8, 2014
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