Over the years macOS has adopted many features from iOS. One such feature that has been added to the macOS recently is the ability for the Mac to automatically download software updates in the background and keep them ready for the user. Typically you have to download the software updates from the App Store manually and install them, however by turning this option on your Mac will download the updates automatically in the background without bothering you. Once the update has been completely downloaded you can click on the install button to install the new software, similar to how software updating works on the iPhone.

How to turn on or off Automatic Background updates in macOS

  1. To enable Background OS upgrades on your Mac launch the Mac App Store.
  2. Now click on the App Store option in the menu bar.
  3. From the dropdown menu click on ‘Preferences’.
  4. Now from the Settings menu look for ‘Download newly available updates in the background’ option and turn it on by clicking on the box next to it.

That’s it. From now on your Mac should download the newly available macOS software updates in the background. An important thing to note here is that the software will not be installed automatically without your permission. If you don’t want macOS to download new updates automatically, then you can simply uncheck the same box.

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