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Need To Update Mac But No Software Update Available

No updates being available on your Mac is an issue that can be related to problems with your Internet connection, a recent macOS upgrade, or a temporary bug. If you are using an older Mac, this could also be why no updates are available.

Need To Update Mac But No Software Update Available

You can update your Mac when it says that no updates are available by searching for updates in the App Store. If you want to install a newer macOS, and it says that no updates (upgrades) are available, then your Mac is probably not supported.

I'm currently on El Capitan 10.11.6 but I need to update my MacOS. I've clicked on the 'update' section of app store but it says no updates available. I've also clicked on "software update" from "about this mac" and nothing shows up either. I have checked my System Preferences and the box for "automatically check for updates" has been ticked already. I've tried to restart my computer but it still hasn't worked.

If you check for an update by going to System Settings > General > Software Update and it says there is no update available, it might be that there is no update available for the version of macOS installed on your Mac, even though there is one for the most recent macOS.

If you think there should be an update available because you saw it posted online or you saw an update in the App Store, check the official source to make sure that there is an update for the version of macOS you are running.

There is a big difference between updates and upgrades. Updates are listed in your About This Mac, which is under the Apple logo. These are often security updates to an existing operating system. An upgrade is when you change the operating system to a newer, different version, such as from Catalina to Big Sur. Upgrades are normally available from the Apple App store. What upgrade is it that you wish to install?

This is fairly rare, but it does happen when a major new update is released, and randomly on other occasions, as sometimes the update servers are overwhelmed, or simply down for maintenance or due to some issue on the server end.

If your older Mac doesn't include Software Update, open the App Store app instead. It's in your Applications folder. Then click the Updates tab in the App Store to check for updates. You can also search for software by name.

An update is a newer version of the currently installed macOS, such as an update from macOS Monterey 12.5 to macOS Monterey 12.6. An upgrade is a major new version of macOS with new name, such as an upgrade from macOS Monterey to macOS Ventura. If an update or upgrade isn't compatible with your Mac, it won't appear in Software Update.

Alternatively, for some unknown reason, your software does indeed need updating, but the app store is not making those updates available for download even though it shows a badge indicating updates are needed.

A combo update contains all of the changes since the original release of a major macOS or OS X version. Combo updates often fix problems with previous updates because they are full versions of the software, not just updates (called deltas.)

When your app store gets a little gaga, it drives us really, really bonkers! Hopefully one of our methods helped you update your apps or removed your ghost updates so that all is well in your macOS world.

We love to update our software as soon as an upgrade is available. But sometimes it pays to wait a few days or weeks before updating, so all the kinks are worked out and connecting to Apple Servers when demand is down (usually a week or so after an update is released.)

I had a similar issue. I went to the updates page and pressed Cmd+R to refresh and then it did find it. Also, it could be related to server overload, so wait out a bit and it should come live/accessible shortly after.

If you receive a notification that software updates are available, you can choose when to install the updates, or choose to be reminded the next day. You can also check for macOS updates manually in the Software Update pane of General settings.

If your computer meets the Windows system requirements above, but Chrome isn't starting or you see the error message "This computer will no longer receive Google Chrome updates because Windows XP and Windows Vista are no longer supported," you might have Chrome set to run in Windows' Compatibility Mode.

Apple releases a new major version of macOS each year, usually around October. In between major updates, supplemental patches are deployed to fix bugs, patch security holes, and sometimes add new features and support for new products. These patches are referred to simply as updates and recorded in the version number, with 10.14.3 being the third such update to macOS 10.14.

We recommend leaving automatic updates enabled so that your Mac remains secure and all macOS features work as advertised. If you turn it off, you will have to install these updates manually via Software Update instead.

If you have installed any Safari Extensions (like the Evernote Web Clipper or Grammarly) from the Safari Extension Gallery (macOS 10.13 or earlier) or the Mac App Store (macOS 10.14 or later), updates will be installed automatically.

Where possible, enable automatic updates and make sure to create regular backups of your Mac for ultimate peace of mind. Take the time to upgrade your computer once a year to the latest version, but make sure all of your software is compatible before pulling the trigger.

Keep your iPhone near your Apple Watch throughout the update. It could take from several minutes to an hour for the update to complete, so you might want to update overnight or wait until you have time.

You can wait until Apple Watch notifies you when a new update is available. Tap Update Tonight in the notification, then go to your iPhone to confirm that you want to update overnight. At the end of the day, leave your Apple Watch and iPhone charging overnight so the update can complete.

Leave your Apple Watch on its charger while the update completes. Don't restart your iPhone or Apple Watch, and don't quit the Apple Watch app. When the update completes, your Apple Watch restarts on its own.

Some iOS updates on your iPhone require that you also update watchOS on your Apple Watch. So if you see an alert on your iPhone that says "Update Apple Watch" and "Your Apple Watch software is out of date," you should update to the latest version of watchOS so that your data, including Activity data, continues to sync to your iPhone.

The System Preferences will appear and search for new macOS updates. If it finds any, click Update Now to download and install that update. If the update is already downloaded, click Restart Now to install it instead

There are several reasons you might be unable to update your Mac. However, the most common reason is a lack of storage space. Your Mac needs to have enough free space to download the new update files before it can install them.

If Update Options is missing and there's only the About button, you either have a volume license install or your company is using Group Policy to manage Office updates. Try Microsoft Update or contact your company help desk.

If Update Options is missing under Product Information, and the About button is the only option available, you either have a volume license or your company is using Group Policy to manage Office updates. Try Microsoft Update to get the latest updates or contact your company help desk.

When you start analyzing what gets your macOS install stuck, the first thing to pay attention to is the version of your Mac. As new and more feature-rich macOS updates appear, they stop supporting older Macs that are simply not powerful enough.

It might come as a surprise for some, but Apple software update downloads are also available via Mac App Store. The only catch is that those updates have to be between major versions (e.g. Catalina > Big Sur) and not minor releases of the same macOS.

For one reason or another, you might have set your laptop to display custom time. Unfortunately, such a change might interfere with the MacBook update. To resolve this, try to set your time and date to be determined automatically:

A more involved step beyond getting into Safe Mode is wiping your non-volatile random-access memory (NVRAM) clean. NVRAM is used to store certain settings and preferences while your Mac is turned off, which could make it difficult to update Mac software if a logging error has crept in somewhere there.

Your Mac is not compatible. With every major macOS version release, Apple also provides a list of compatible Mac computers. The thing is that you will not be able to update your Mac if your Mac model is not mentioned on the official list. Even if it is there, you may face some problems when trying to install macOS software update on older Macs.

You don't have enough disk space. Commonly, Mac users think they need the amount of space that equals the size of the installation package. It is a common misconception, so if you don't have enough storage space, your Mac won't install any software updates.

Bad Wi-Fi connection. To update your Mac, you need a stable internet connection. Without it, you won't download the software update from Mac App Store. Also, your device won't be able to connect to update servers and install the macOS update.

Issues with Apple servers. Like any other company, Apple may have troubles with their servers. The good news is that this problem is temporary, although it prevents Mac users from downloading and installing macOS updates that very moment they want to. 350c69d7ab


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