Updating Mac software

Keeping your Mac software current is important. There are several ways to check for updates.

Your Mac notifies you when updates are available. A red badge on your App Store icon and in the Apple menu are other indications.

A lot of Mac software is found in the Mac App Store. Open the App Store and click Updates, then click Update next to each app or Update All. You might need to type the Apple ID password used at the time of purchase. Software is automatically downloaded and installed. Learn more about App Store purchases.

It’s easy to load apps on another Mac you use. Just open the App Store, click Purchases and install. The software downloads and installs at no additional charge.

Control how updates are installed. Choose System Preferences from the Apple menu and click Software Update. You can set your Mac to automatically check for updates. For more control, we recommend clicking Advanced, then uncheck Install macOS updates. New software automatically downloads, but will wait for you to click Upgrade Now at a time best for you.

Apps purchased outside the App Store work differently. Learn how to install Adobe updates. Some apps have an internal update system. Open the app and look in the Help or the application’s menu. Choose Check For Updates. Wait for it to check, then click Install.

Remote & managed updates. We can help you install updates on all your Macs at once. You won’t need to download for each Mac separately, visit computers individually, or interrupt users. We’ll track all software and make all your computers consistent and you’ll avoid internet traffic and downtime. Contact Creative Tech Support.

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