Check for Updates on Macs


Apple frequently releases software updates for macOS, iTunes, Safari, and various other Apple managed apps. Your Mac automatically checks for new updates once a week and will prompt you if there are new updates available. 


University Macs

University Managed Macs check for updates once a week, and if there are new updates available for your Mac, you will have the option to defer the installation for a week. If previously deferred, the update will proceed and give you 24 hours to install before automatically restarting (if a restart is required). 

macOS Mojave or Catalina (macOS 10.14-10.15)

New updates for macOS Mojave and Catalina are reviewed and tested internally first by Information Services and then made available to your Mac.

macOS Big Sur (macOS 11)

Starting in macOS Big Sur, Information Services can no longer screen, test, or manage individual new updates from Apple. Instead, all new updates from Apple will be delayed for 60 days. 60 days after an update's initial release, it will be available to be installed on your Mac.


Checking for Updates

You can check for updates by going to System Preferences and choosing Software Update. Your Mac will automatically initiate a check for updates and prompt you to install the latest updates. Alternatively, on University Macs you can open the Self Service app from Applications or Spotlight, and choose Check for Apple Software Updates.

See Also

OS and Software Updates and Support - University Computers

Keep your Mac up to date


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