How to check for updates in macOS Mojave

As far as we can tell, macOS Mojave has gone down well with Mac fans across the world. We certainly like it and despite some changes to where certain tools are found, it has been a seamless experience so far. Now you have your shiny new operating system, how do you keep it up to date?

macOS Mojave has avoided the perils of the Windows 10 October Update and pretty much worked out of the box. Where Dave’s Computers is now suggesting waiting a while before updating Windows, Mac users have no such concerns. However, if you go looking for updates in the Mac App Store, you’re going to be disappointed.

The new system is one of the design changes introduced by macOS Mojave. Where we used to go into the App Store and hit Updates to see what’s available, that function no longer works like it used to. It will still show you updates for programs and apps but OS updates have moved elsewhere.

Update macOS Mojave

If you want to update macOS Mojave you now have to locate the Software Update option in System Preferences. It’s a logical place to put it but I would have liked an initial link from the Mac App Store to ease the transition.

To update macOS Mojave, do this:

  1. Select the Apple logo and System Preferences.
  2. Select Software Update next to App Store.
  3. Select either ‘Automatically keep my Mac up to date’ or select Advanced to configure how system updates are handled.

Selecting Advanced gives you the option of having the system automatically check for updates, to automatically download and install them, to install all macOS Mojave updates and to install all app updates from the Mac App Store too. There is also the option to install system data files and security updates.

Personally I would allow automatic updates with Step 3 and leave the system to manage itself. That way you don’t actually have to touch updates at all and macOS Mojave will take care of everything for you.

If you prefer to perform these updates manually, there is absolutely nothing wrong with that. Just select Advanced and make your selections from there. Just remember to check regularly for updates otherwise you could fall behind. Even if you want to manually control updates, I would still suggest leaving security updates as automatic so you’re always protected.

MacOS updates are fairly reliable and don’t usually come with any showstopping bugs. There are always exceptions of course, like the password bug back in High Sierra but when an update contains millions of lines of code, you can’t hold it against a company if something slips through the net. The same for Microsoft. Even though the latest Windows 10 October Update is buggy, it’s an almost impossible task to ensure it works on every computer everywhere!

If you have any issues with the Windows 10 October Update or macOS Mojave, bring your computer to the computer repair guys at Dave’s Computers in New Jersey. We can help with any computer or networking issue you may have!