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How to update to the newest macOS

If you want to update your Mac to a newer version of macOS the method will be determined by the version of macOS you are running.

In older versions the Mac operating system updates came via the Mac App Store, while in newer versions the updates come via System Preferences > Software Update. 

In fact many years ago system updates came via Software Update - it's only been in recent years that they arrived via the Mac App Store. As of Mojave, which arrived in 2018, there has been a new pane in System Preferences where you can find Software Updates. ps5 release date

You can get to System Preferences from the Apple menu: Click on the Apple logo in the top left and choose System Preferences. You may be taken straight to the Software Update pane, if not click on the Software Update cog icon. Your Mac will search for an update and if there is one you can choose Update Now.

Some Macs will be set to update automatically. If you want your Mac to update automatically follow these steps:

In Mojave or Catalina:

1. Open System Preferences.

2. Click on Software Update.

3. Check the box beside Download new updates when available.

4. Now select the box Install macOS updates.

In High Sierra or earlier:

1. Open System Preferences.

2. Click on App Store.

3. Check the box beside Automatically check for updates - it should have a tick in it as should the four options below that…

4. Now deselect the box beside Download newly available updates in the background.

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