How to Turn Off Auto Updates on Mac in Simple 3 Steps

Despite knowing the importance of updates in our Mac, why would someone want to disable macOS auto-updates? Reasons might differ from getting interrupted in the middle of some work to have all the data speed utilized at the backend when you need it the most. Whatever it is, it has been often noticed that people disable the auto-download functionality. If you too wish to turn off auto-updates on Mac, here’s a handy sharing how to get it done in simple steps.

How to Enable or Disable Automatic Updates on Mac

  1. In your Menu bar, click on the Apple logo and select System Preferences.click on apple logo and select system preferences on mac
  2. Now, click on Software Update and tick the checkbox stating, “Automatically keep my Mac up to date.”Click on Software Update in Preferences on Mac
    Enable Option to Turn On Automatic Software Update in macOS

Now, in case you wish to disable the same. Follow the same procedure mentioned above and uncheck the checkbox, and you will have to update your macOS manually.

Turn ON or OFF Automatic App Updates for Mac

  1. Open the App Store from your Mac Dock.
  2. Now, Click on App Store available in Menu bar and choose Preferences.Click on App Store from Top Menu Bar and Select Preferences on Mac
  3. Tick on the checkbox mentioning Automatic Updates.Turn On Automatic Updates for Apps in macOS

Now, to disable the automatic updates on your macOS, you can directly un-tick the checkbox.

You can also automatically download purchased apps to other devices signed in with your Apple ID. Just tick on the checkbox, and the apps will automatically be downloaded to other devices using the same ID.

In your Mac, you can click on the checkbox saying Video Autoplay, which will eventually play app preview videos with the sound off on your device. And also allows the developers & other users to know about your review of the app.

Summing Up!

There might be times when you would love these automatic macOS updates, but these software updates might annoy you as well. Just in case you wish to stop these updates, here is another method from our side to help you disable them!

Open the Terminal Command box from Mac’s Spotlight search to copy/type the command mentioned below and press the Enter key.

sudo defaults write /Library/Preferences/com.apple.SoftwareUpdate AutomaticDownload -boolean FALSE

The above-provided command will disable the software update if it’s currently switched to Automatically keep my Mac up to date.

I hope all of your questions regarding enabling or disabling automatic updates in your macOS have been answered. If you still have some queries regarding the same, do get back to us in the comment section below!

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