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How to update Mac with the latest software

In this article, we cover how to update to the latest macOS apps, which is something you should check fairly regularly to ensure you benefit from the latest security features and patches when you do a Mac software update.

If you've not completed a Mac software update for a while, then you will keep receiving update requests, either directly on your Desktop screen — in the form of a notification — or in your settings, in the same place you would expect to see them on an iOS device.

Here is how you complete apps update on a Mac

  1. Open the App Store on your Mac. You will either find this in the dock at the bottom of your desktop, in Applications, or through the top menu option on your toolbar.

  2. In the App Store toolbar, you will find Updates, where it shows updates that have come through in the last 30 days. Here it shows Apple apps, such as Numbers and Pages, and third-party apps, such as Spotify.

  3. Update All, or click the individual apps and software you want to update.

  4. Some updates, such as for Mac security features and Safari come through as part of a macOS update, so not everything will show up in the App Store.

  5. If you don't see an update you were expecting, use the Search field to see if the app or software you want to update needs refreshing.

  6. Some third-party apps either update themselves automatically, if you’ve clicked yes to this feature, or you will need to download separately.

Before updating Mac apps from the App Store, we recommend taking a few steps first to avoid the risk of your Mac not operating as smoothly as you would hope after a software update, especially if you’ve not decluttered for a while, or ever.

Mac software update: What to do beforehand

When updating an app, they usually take up around the same space as the previous version — one is replacing the other. However, the older your Mac gets, the more you fill it with, the poorer it will perform.

One way to truly benefit from new app updates is to declutter your Mac before downloading the latest versions of the apps you use. With CleanMyMac 3, you can download and use a powerful Mac cleaner, capable of giving yourself a whole load more space before you complete any Mac updates.

On average, those who use CleanMyMac 3 gain an extra 62GB of space. Here is how you declutter your files on a Mac using CleanMyMac 3:

  1. Download and launch the app. 
  2. Click Scan to identify junk, clutter, duplicates, and apps you don't use.
  3. Click Clean to delete the junk, giving you loads of extra space and a Mac that runs quicker.


All done: Now you are ready for Mac software and app updates.

How to automatically update Mac

Another way to complete software updates on Mac is to set your App Store preferences to ”Download newly available updates in the background.” This way, you are always going to get the latest versions of the apps you use.

And remember, before updating your Mac, tidy your files, before backing-up, to ensure your Mac runs smoother. CleanMyMac 3 can greatly help you with this task.

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