How to Enable/Disable Automatic Background Updates in macOS Sierra

As per your need, you can enable or disable automatic background updates in macOS Sierra on your Mac. Head over the jump to find out!

There is one feature that I had been waiting for quite some time is the “Automatic Background Software Updates” on Mac. Fortunately, my long wish has come true.

You can now enable automatic background software updates on your Mac-just like you do on your iPhone or iPad. Better still, just in case your device is found to have less space, Apple will automatically remove an unused installer, which you can download later from iCloud.

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How to Enable and Disable Automatic Background Updates in macOS Sierra

How to Enable Automatic Background updates for macOS Sierra

Willing to download macOS Sierra automatically on your compatible Mac running El Capitan? Let’s find out!

Step #1. First off, you need to launch Mac App Store on your Mac running macOS Sierra.

Step #2. Next, you have to click on the App Store option in the menu bar.

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Step #3. Click on “Preferences.”

Click on Preferences in Mac App Store

Alternatively, you can click on Apple Logo from the far top left corner → Click on System Preferences → Click on App Store.

Click on System Preferences on Mac Running macOS SierraClick on App Store in Mac System Preferences

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Step #4. Check the box to the left of “Download newly available updates in the background.”

Enable Auto Background updates for macOS Sierra

Now, your compatible Mac will automatically download the newly available software updates in the background. When the update is successfully downloaded on your Mac, you will need to click on Install button in order to install the update on your device.

How to Disable Automatic Background Updates for macOS Sierra

What if you want to stop the automatic background software updates on your Mac? There is a way to disable the auto-downloads.

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Step #1. Follow the first three steps mentioned above.

Step #2. Finally, you have to uncheck the box next to “Download newly available updates in the background”.

Disable Auto Background updates for macOS Sierra

That’s all there is to it!

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With highly impressive features like Auto-Lock, Apple Pay on the web, Siri, PiP mode and more, macOS Sierra deserves to be given a try on your Mac.

Which is your favorite feature in macOS Sierra? It would be really nice to have your feedback in the comments below, on Facebook, Twitter, and Google Plus. Also, don’t forget to try our app on your iPhone and iPad.

Dhvanesh Adhiya
Dhvanesh Adhiya is the founder and editor-in-chief who takes care of audio, visual, and textual contents uploaded on He is passionate about wonderful apps that change the way your iPhone interacts in your life.
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