How to Update a MacBook Pro

By Daniel Foster

The Apple MacBook Pro is a powerful notebook computer, but you need to keep it updated for the best performance and security. This is true even for new computers. Apple frequently releases updates to fix security holes in OS X, to add additional features and to address stability and compatibility issues with hardware and software. You're not making the most of your Mac experience unless you install the latest updates on your MacBook Pro.

Step 1

Click the Apple icon in the top-left corner of the desktop to access the Apple menu. Select "Software Update..." It is the second choice on the menu. This loads the Software Update application and checks for available updates. You must have an Internet connection to view and download updates.

Step 2

Click "Install" to install updates if OS X indicates they are available. Choose "Show Details" if you want to see more information about updates or manually select the updates you wish to install. You may need to enter your password to install certain updates.

Step 3

Click "OK" and "Quit" after the updates are done installing. You may need to restart your MacBook Pro.

Step 4

Click "Quit" if you receive a prompt stating that your MacBook Pro is up to date. Check for updates frequently to keep your computer safe.

Tips & Warnings

  • Navigate to "Software Update" on the "System Preferences" menu to change update settings. Select "Check for updates" if you want your Mac to automatically check for new updates. Check off "Download updates automatically" if you want your MacBook Pro to automatically download (but not install) updates. Use the drop-down menu to change the frequency to daily, weekly or monthly. The more often you update your computer, the more secure it will be.