Updating your macOS might be an easy task, but it is important for a multitude of reasons.
Updates to anything are essential. If a journalist is working on a feature story about a thriving small business, and suddenly the owners decide to sell it, the article will need some changes. Looking away from the news-editorial world and in the technology one, updating any software or app to be more current is vital for keeping them operating at a top-level.
And when it comes to a computer’s operating system, like macOS, it can be essential for the device and the user. When a MacBook owner takes the brief time to update their machine, they let their system run function efficiently. Not only will there be new features (like how Catalina has the battery management feature), but system crashes and minor malfunctions will be a thing of the past. Also, certain
Updating macOS also prevents any security breaches. A common trend amongst most malware attacks is that cybercriminals could penetrate any defenses because of outdated operating systems. Since most software cybersecurity included is optimized to be downloaded for present-day operating systems, updating macOS can be an extra layer of protection against cybercriminals.
In short, if or when the “Software Update” window pops up, it is not a bad idea to click on the Upgrade Now button.
How to update your macOS
- Click on the Apple icon and choose System Preferences.
- Next, click on the Software Updates option, and it will bring up a window that will display what macOS version the user currently has.
- If it is current, then it will tell the user that the Mac is up-to-date. On the other hand, if it is not, there will be a button that says Upgrade Now next to an icon of the latest macOS version.
- Select the Upgrade Now option to start updating the OS.
When you update your macOS, it will also update several apps, including Safari, Photos, Music, and more.
How to automatically keep your macOS up-to-date
If you are an individual MacBook user that does not want to update their software manually, Apple has given users the option to do it automatically.
- Once again, click on the Apple icon and click on System Preferences.
- Then, choose Software Updates, and once the Software Updates window pops up again, check the box next to “Automatically keep my Mac up to date.” This will update your macOS without you having to jump in and do it yourself.
However, there are options to keep specific updates automatic as well. On the Software Updates menu, if you click on the Advanced button, users can see if they would like automated updates to their macOS and the following:
- Checking for system updates periodically.
- Installing updates without having to ask the user.
- Having your Mac install updates from the App Store.
- Allowing the Mac to download and install system files and security updates.
“Your Weekend Apple Update!”
Several problems with your MacBook can be resolved by knowing how to reset the PRAM or SMC. However, other issues, such as continuously freezing systems or crashing applications, can be fixed by updating your macOS. And just like knowing a few keyboard shortcuts, learning how to update your macOS is relatively simple. Plus, with the feature of making them automatic, users do not have to see those pesky “you need to update your system” windows anymore…unless that becomes a new characteristic of the latest macOS.
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