How to update Mac to the latest OS version

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The operating system (OS) is the main program on the computer, thanks to which everything else works. The developers work every day to ensure that the OS worked better, produced minimum of errors, had maximum of functions. So how to update Mac OS to the latest version? What is the latest Mac OS version? And how to update Mac software? In our article, we have gathered all the basic info not only about Mac OS update but also Mac software update. Enjoy the reading!


Table of content

  1. What is the latest Mac OS version
  2. How to check if you have the latest Mac update
  3. How to make Mac OS update to the latest version
  4. How to update Mac OS on Mojave
  5. How to update Mac OS via Terminal
  6. How to disable automatic macOS update
  7. Tips on how to update Mac software
  8. How to update Mac software from App Store
  9. How to update my Mac software from the Internet
  10. How to update iTunes on Mac to the latest version
  11. How to update Safari on Mac computer
  12. How to update Google Chrome on Mac


What is the latest Mac OS version

The latest Mac OS version

The latest version of macOS is called macOS 10.14 Mojave. Usually, Apple releases a new version of the software once a year. Such updates are free and available in the Mac App Store. This is the fifteenth version of the operating system, released by Apple for Mac. Mojave requires Mac computers that support Metal (API). You can install it on the following devices:

  • iMac models released in late 2012 or later;
  • MacBook models released in early 2015 or later;
  • MacBook Pro models released in mid-2012 or later;
  • MacBook Air models released in mid-2012 or later;
  • Mac mini models released in late 2012 or later;
  • Models Mac Pro, released in late 2013, as well as in mid-2010 and 2012 with the recommended video card supporting Metal;
  • iMac Pro models released in late 2017 or later.

The new OS from Apple came to replace the High Sierra. The update, which includes support for a dark theme and the updated Mac App Store. Dark theme will be activated automatically depending on the time of day, changing the design of the desktop. A new feature called Stacks will bring order to the screen of your Mac, automatically merging the files of one extension into neat groups. The Mac App Store, which for a long time remained without significant updates, finally received a redesign in the style of the App Store in iOS 11. Now the App Store has a completely updated interface and a rich selection of editorial materials that help in the selection of useful programs.

How to check if you have the latest Mac update

To find out which version of macOS you are using on your Mac, click the Apple menu icon in the upper left corner of the screen and select the "About this Mac" option.
How to check if you have the latest Mac update

In the invoked window, in the "Overview" tab, you will see the name and the version’s number of the operating system installed on your computer. Each version has several small updates, which are indicated by numbers. Such updates contain security patches and other fixes. They appear regularly in the Mac App Store.


How to make Mac OS update to the latest version

If your Mac does not already have macOS Mojave installed, you can easily update it from the Mac App Store. In order to do this, follow the detailed steps below:

  1. Open the Mac App Store and go to the Update tab or download macOS Mojave directly from the main page.

  2. Wait for the download to finish and agree with the requests of the installer, which will start automatically.

  3. After the installation is complete, log in with your Apple ID. Done.
How to make Mac OS update to the latest version

Note: before upgrading the operating system, it is highly recommended that you backup your Mac with Time Machine. Apple always supports with security patches only the last three versions of macOS, so you need to update regularly to be sure of the security of the system.

How to update Mac OS on Mojave

MacOS Mojave 10.14 has changed the way software is updated on Mac. Now, new software versions do not appear on the Updates tab in the Mac App Store. Instead, Software Update has become a stand-alone section in the settings. Below we will explain how to update software on Mac with macOS Mojave.

How to update Mac OS on Mojave
  1. Select System Preferences from the Apple menu or Dock.
  2. Click on the icon with the signature Software Update.
  3. If a new version of macOS or another update are available, you can view more details about them.
  4. To update macOS, click Install.

Besides that, you can configure the automatic installation of updates by checking the box next to "Automatically install Mac software updates".

Update Mac OS on Mojave

To view additional features, click the Advanced option. Here you can configure the following:

  1. "Automatically check for updates" - check for updates will be carried out automatically.
  2. “Download updates, if available” - Mac will independently (in the background) download updates without a request.
  3. “Install MacOS Updates” - Mac will automatically install macOS updates.
  4. “Install software updates from the App Store” - Mac will automatically install application updates from the Mac App Store.
  5. "Install system files and security updates" - Mac will automatically install system files and security updates.

How to update Mac OS via Terminal

If you are looking for an easy way to install system updates with a single command that allows you to use the Mac during the upgrade, then read this part of the article.

Despite the fact that the installation of updates in macOS takes less time than in Windows, many people constantly postpone it, not wanting to lose even 15-20 precious minutes. However, there is a way that can significantly speed up the system update and you will need only to interrupt the work just to perform a Mac reboot.

To update, you need to follow the guide below:

  1. Launch Terminal (Finder/Applications/Utilities or find it via Spotlight).
  2. Copy the following command: sudo softwareupdate -ia && sudo reboot
  3. Confirm the action by entering the administrator password.
How to update Mac OS via Terminal

After checking and installing updates, Mac will be rebooted. This process will take you only a couple of minutes, and you can continue working.

Please note that before installing any updates it is advisable to make a backup using Time Machine.

How to disable automatic macOS update

It's worth noting that Apple will not install macOS updates without your consent, and automatically downloading these updates will not affect your computer's operation in any way. Moreover, the automatic download function is useful in case you want to always use the most current version of macOS. In addition, if your Mac does not meet the requirements of the latest Mac OS version, Apple will not offer you to upgrade your operating system to the latest version.

To start:

  1. Click on the Apple icon in the upper left corner of the screen;
  2. Select "System Preferences";
  3. Select the App Store option in the settings window;
  4. In the window that appears, uncheck the box "Download newly available updates in the background".
How to disable automatic macOS update

Now your Mac will not bother you with notifications of a new version of the operating system. To enable updates again, you can do the same steps and check the box again. In addition, from this window, you can independently check for updates to your software.

Tips on how to update Mac software

As you can already answer the question “How do I update my operating system on Mac”, we thought it would be useful for you to know how to update your apps. As some of them, you have installed from the App Store, whereas others are installed from the official sites of the developers, that is why the ways to update them are different.


How to update Mac software from App Store

  1. Click the “App Store” icon in your Dock to launch the Mac App Store;
  2. Click the “Updates” tab;
  3. Click the “Update All” button to update all applications;
  4. If you wish to update one app at a time, click the “Update” button next to the application;
  5. Insert your Apple ID and password when asked to begin the update.

Definitely, there is a great variety of apps disturbed through the App Store and PhotoBulk, Commander One and CloudMounter, presented by Eltima Software are not an exception. However, if you would like to update Uplet, Eltima’s app for posting photos directly from your Mac computer to Instagram, the way mentioned above would not work. So what to do?


How to update my Mac software from the Internet

  1. Open the necessary app;
  2. Find the app’s name in the Menu bar and click on it;
  3. From the appeared menu find “Check for Updates” option and click it;
  4. Click “Download and Install” if there is an update.
How to update my Mac software from the Internet

So, if you are not sure whether you have the latest versions of the apps, hurry to App Store and check it out.


How to update iTunes on Mac to the latest version

Every time you start iTunes, it automatically searches for available updates. If updates are available for download, you will be offered to upgrade to the current version. If for some reason this does not happen, then follow this guide in order to update the software:

  1. Click the “App Store” icon in your Dock to launch the Mac App Store.
  2. Click the “Updates” tab.
  3. Click the “Update” button to update iTunes.

How to update Safari on Mac computer

The whole procedure of how to update Safari is the same as for the apps from the Mac App Store.

  1. Go to App Store.
  2. Click the “Updates” tab.
  3. Click the “Update” button to update Safari.

And that is all.


How to update Google Chrome on Mac

Nevertheless, this method doesn’t work for Google Chrome. If you need to update Google Chrome, proceed the following steps:

  1. Launch Google Chrome;
  2. Click MoreMore;
  3. If there is an update you will see Update Google Chrome button, if not - the latest version is already installed on your computer;
  4. Relaunch the browser.
How to update Google Chrome on Mac
As you see, one can write a lot not only about how to update Mac OS X but also how to upgrade Apple computer software. However, we have gathered the most common issues the users face with and hope this material was rather informative for you.

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