How to Disable Automatic Updates on Your Mac

  Matt Cone       March 29, 2021      Tutorials Mac


Your Mac is designed to keep itself up-to-date. It automatically checks Apple’s servers for new software updates, and it tries to automatically install new updates when they become available. But sometimes you don’t want your Mac to automatically install new software. If that’s the case, you should disable automatic updates on your Mac.

Here’s how to disable automatic updates on your Mac:

  1. From the Apple menu, select System Preferences.

  2. Click Software Update.

    Disable automatic updates on your Mac

  3. Deselect the Automatically keep my Mac up to date checkbox.

    Disable automatic updates on your Mac

  4. Or, if you’d prefer to only disable some automatically updates, click the Advanced button. Here you can configure which type of updates you’d like to have automatically installed.

    Disable automatic updates on your Mac

That’s it! You’ve successfully disabled automatic updates on your Mac.

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