From MacOS Mojave version, Apple has changed the way that users update the OS software on their Mac. There is no longer over-the-air (OTA) update listed underneath the Updates tab from the Mac App Store. Instead, it now stays in as a standalone preferences pane. So, in this post today we show you a step-by-step instruction to update the macOS on your Mac running macOS Mojave.
A smart move
MacOS updates, as well as other system updates, are no longer available in the Mac App Store from MacOS Mojave. Instead, the Software Update feature is now in Preferences section. Interestingly, there is also a Software Update shortcut in the Apple menu that hasn’t made a return in Mojave.
Software Update lives pithing in System Preferences and replaces the old Mac App Store preference pane in the previous macOS versions. Furthermore, all of the features related to macOS software updates, app updates, and other system updates can also be found in one central place.
If you’re not familiar with the Mac platform, you could recall that Software Update was its preference pane as the earlier versions of Mac OS debuted Mac App Store with Software Update put into the Updates tab.
Follow the instructions to use Mojave’s Software Update pane if you want to update your macOS version and install recent system updates.
How to update macOS software on your MacOS Mojave
Simply follow the below steps to install the most recent macOS versions and system updates on your Mac:
1) Click on System Preferences pane from the Apple menu or your Dock.
2) Select the icon labeled Software Update.
3) If there is a macOS version or system update available, you can see details in the window with the date and time of the recent check. All you need is to click on the More Info to view the changelog and other details for the update(s).
4) To get the new macOS software or other updates in the Software Update pane, simply click on Install Now. You can also install all pending updates just by clicking on the Update Now button.
If you want your Mac to auto-check for and install these updates automatically, simply check the box next to “Automatically keep my Mac up to date”. However, power users prefer skipping certain system updates until all of them have been worked out. Your Mac will download an update in the background, depending on your settings
Once the download is completed, there will be a notification popup, informing you that new updates are available. You can choose to install the updates later as the process will require restarting your computer. As soon as there is a new macOS or system update available, you can see a badge on System Preferences’s icon.
Change other Software Update features
Apart from the macOS software updates, the new Software Update preference pane in Mojave also makes it a cinch to adjust other settings like Quarantine malware definitions or Mac Store app updates. If you want to change these settings to your liking, simply click on the Advanced button. From there, you can control and adjust the following features:
- Automatically check for updates
- Download updates in the background
- Install app updates & macOS updates
- Install system data files as well as security updates