System updates are essential for your Mac because they are intended to improve the overall security and health of your computer. But sometimes you may want to suspend installing a new update until you are sure it won’t cause major problems. You also don’t want your machine to be updated while you’re in the middle of something.
Fortunately, there are many options for controlling how and when your Mac will be updated. Want to choose when you install the updates? You can make sure that your device does not update automatically. Don’t want to worry about updates? Your Mac will do it.
To manage updates on your Mac:
- Click on the Apple icon in the upper left corner of the menu bar
- Click on “About this Mac”. If you’re curious, you can see which version of macOS you are on.
- Then select “Software update”. All available updates will appear in this window.
- To make sure your device stays up to date automatically, you can check the box next to “Keep my Mac automatically up to date.”
- If you don’t want your Mac to update automatically and the box is checked, uncheck it. You will get a pop-up window asking if you are sure. Click “Disable automatic updates” and enter your password when prompted.
- You can click “Advanced …” in the Software Update window for more options, as if your Mac will automatically check for, download, and install updates. You can also choose whether your device will automatically update your apps (as opposed to system and security updates).