How to Check Updates Manually Mac: macOS Big Sur/Catalina, Mojave, High Sierra & Earlier

Last Updated on Dec 2, 2019

Time to time apple giving OS and Apps updated with new features and bug fixed on your Mac devices (iMac, Mac mini, MacBook Pro, MacBook Air). So you do it in two different ways, Automatically and Manually update OS X and Downloaded Apps from the app store. On big updates, you have to keep back up your data. Sometimes stop updates in between might because of error after when it’s in use.

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If you are facing a problem on application access and install the third-party app, you must have to check updates manually on macOS Catalina or earlier version in the cases it stopped update coming in as notifications stopped.

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How to Check for Updates Manually on Mac, MacBook Pro, MacBook Air, iMac, Mac Mini

Due to system malfunction or bug, despite turning on auto-updates on macOS, many users still didn’t get updates on their MacBook/Mac. If you are dealing with the same situation, then check for updates manually on your macOS Catalina and macOS Mojave, like this.

Note: On the current screen, mark the option “Automatically keep my Mac up to date”, to install all the future updates automatically.

Automatically keep my Mac up to date

Automatically keep my Mac up to date

Here’s the more custom settings under “Advanced..” on Download and installation of Software Update and Apps Update.

Download New Apps Update Automatically

Download New Apps Update Automatically

  • If any pending update is available, click on the Update Now button. The more info option will show you the exact details of the update.

When you update the system software on macOS Catalina and macOS Mojave, all the applications such as FaceTime, Photos, Mail, Calendar, Safari, iTunes, Books, and Messages app are updates along. But to update other applications of Mac, visit the Mac App Store > Update tab.

Steps for Check updates manually on Mac, MacBook Pro, MacBook Air, iMac, Mac Mini

Auto-updates your Mac OS and Apps

Notification on if any updates availableThe first time you will Always get Updates notification, Might be most of the users cant agreed with it after reviews about updates feature users can do it. If you go to turn on, then your mac automatically updates own self by controlling all the process and running program situation very well. After that, your system will be a restart to apply changes.

Know updates notification from App store icon

check updates manually on Mac OS X Yosemite, Mavericks and lionIf you disable auto-update, whenever new updates come you will see the red number badge. That will gives how many updates are ready for the update manually.

Check updates manually on Mac OS X: From App store

  • Step 1: Go to the Apple Menu, And Choose App Store or From the Spotlight search find App store.
  • Step 2: From the top bar, click on updates.
  • Read details about all available updates will be displayed there if available through more options.

    Manually Update Apps and macOS Software on Mac

    Manually Update Apps and macOS Software on Mac

Note: Your OS X update will also be available there in a list.

For Older Version: How to Check Updates Manually on macOS 

Go to the Apple menu > Software Updates and follow the on-screen instruction for update free and purchased the software.

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