Turn Off/Turn On Automatic Software Update on macOS Monterey, macOS Big Sur & Earlier

Last Updated on Jun 5, 2021

Here the time comes to get total control over your Mac or MacBook Pro’s Automatic Software Update or any macOS device. Apple’s MacOS allows you to disable Automatic Software and prevents space. Some macOS user finds Automatic Software Update convenient, and probably they authorize the MacBook to download and install when any new update arrives.

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But if you are not excited about all new features and updates, just want to use the older version of macOS then you can now

Disable Automatic Software Update on Mac, MacBook

Head over and check How to disable Automatic Software Update on macOS.

  • Step #1: Click on the “Apple logo” from the top left corner of the screen which is located on top of the screen.
  • Step #2: Open “System Preferences”.
  • Step #3: Next, click on “Software Update”.
macos mojave system preferences to software update

Now if your macOS is up to date then it will be mentioned on the screen “Your Mac is up to date (macOS version)”.

Another thing is on the bottom you can see there is an option“Automatically keep my Mac up to date” so you what to do.

Automatically keep my Mac up to date macos mojave system preferences

If you choose “Advanced” and open that box, then you will get multiple choices like,

  • Check for updates
  • Download new updates when available
  • Install app updates from the App Store
  • Install macOS update
  • Install system data files and security updates.
Automatically Download install App updates files and security updates

In short Mac is giving you few choices if you turn on automatic software update and don’t want to update anything else rather than macOS updates.

So from now if you only want to update macOS then don’t turn off Automatic Software Update, instead, go for advanced options and disable options which you don’t want.

Stop Auto Updating macOS on Mac using Terminal command

if the above method for stop auto update macOS won’t work then use alternate ways, Terminal command. Open terminal on your Mac and Run the below command.

  1. Open Terminal on your Mac using Spotlight search [Command + Space] or Open Launchpad and search Terminal.
  2. Copy the below command and Paste in Terminal to run.. Change [name of Update] with macOS name, for ex: sudo /usr/sbin/softwareupdate –ignore“macOS Big Sur”
sudo /usr/sbin/softwareupdate --ignore“macOS [name of update]”


softwareupdate --ignore “macOS Big Sur”

Hit the Return to Run the command, and Enter the mac login password for validate.

This is the alternate method to Stop auto macOS update on your Mac or MacBook.

Enable or Stop Automatically Updating App on Mac

Alternately you can also check Auto App updates settings on Mac from App Store Preferences,

Step 1: Open app store on your Mac from launchpad or Click on Apple logo from top Mac menu > App Store.open-app-store-preferences-on-mac-or-macbook

Step 2: Click on “App Store” appear on the top Menu bar.

Step 3: Then, click the “Preferences”.unlock-the-settings-and-disable-the-auto-update-on-mac-app-store

Step 4: See the different update settings for App installed on your Mac.

It will directly open the App Store and from there also you can check updates of macOS and applications too.turn-off-automatic-update-for-app-on-mac-app-store

if you reporting your mac running slow during update then please follow this source to Speed up Mac After Update macOS!

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