Automatic Updates

To ensure the latest updates are downloaded and installed, you device should be configured to check for automatic updates. Follow the steps below for your device to ensure software updates are downloaded automatically.

macOS Instructions:

  1. On your Mac, choose Apple menu  > System Preferences, then click Software Update .
  2. To automatically install macOS updates, select “Automatically keep my Mac up to date.”

    macOS Auto Update Settings Pane
  3. To set advanced update options, click Advanced, then do any of the following:

    • To have your Mac check for updates automatically, select “Check for updates.”

    • To have your Mac download updates without asking, select “Download new updates when available.”

    • To have your Mac install macOS updates automatically, select “Install macOS updates.”

    • To have your Mac install app updates from the App Store automatically, select “Install app updates from the App Store.”

    • To have your Mac install system files and security updates automatically, select “Install system data files and security updates.”


      macOS Software Update settings pane options.
  4. Click OK.

To receive the latest updates automatically, it’s recommended that you select “Check for updates,” “Download new updates when available,” and “Install system data files and security updates.”

Note: MacBook, MacBook Pro, and MacBook Air must have the power adapter plugged in to automatically download updates.


Windows Instructions:

By default, Windows 10 updates your operating system automatically. However, it is safest to manually check that you are up to date, and it is turned on.

  1. Select the Windows icon in the bottom left of your screen.
    Windows search bar with the text "Type here to search".


  2. Click on the Settings icon.
    Windows Start Menu "Settings" option.
  3. Once in Settings, scroll down and click on Update & Security.
    Windows Settings "Update & Security" settings button with the text "Windows Update, recovery, backup".
  4. In the Update & Security window click Check for Updates if necessary. To check if your updates are paused, click Advanced Options.
    Windows Update settings page
  5. Some feature updates will need to be manually enabled even when automatic updates are turned on. To do this go to, Settings > Update & Security > Windows Update and select Check for updates. Once the update appears, you can select Download and install now.

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