How to Set Up Your Mac for Automatic OS Updates – And Why You Should


os x -yosemiteLately, my MacBook Pro had been losing its Wi-Fi connection numerous times each day. It was pretty frustrating. None of my other devices, Apple or otherwise, were having this issue. So I figured it wasn’t a network or router issue but an issue with my MacBook instead. I ran diagnostics on it but no problems were found.  Hmmmm.

Then I realized that my MacBook is the only device running Yosemite (OS X 10.10.1). For weeks, my MacBook has been reminding me that I had a Yosemite update (OS X 10.10.2) pending but I was too busy to take the time to do the install. I checked out the content of the update at Apple Support and, sure enough, the first ‘improvement’ listed is “Resolves an issue that might cause Wi-Fi to disconnect.”  Yippee!! My annoying issue will be fixed once I install OS X 10.10.2. Needless to say, I did so immediately! I’ve had no Wi-Fi issues ever since.

I was quite dismayed when I realized that OS X 10.10.2 was released on January 27th. Did I really needlessly suffer with my Wi-Fi issue for almost six weeks?!?! I decided to set up my MacBook for automated OS updates. No more needless headaches for me!!

If you are not set up for automatic OS updates, you should seriously consider doing so, it will ensure that you are running the latest OS X version with all of its associated fixes and features. A word of caution, though. You should have your Mac set up for automatic backups (to a Time Capsule or some other external drive or cloud) just in case an update has major issues and you want to go back to the prior version.

So, this is how to set up your Mac for automatic OS updates.

STEP 1:  Under the Apple menu, select ‘System Preferences…’.


STEP 2:  Click on App Store.

STEP 3:  Click on the checkbox next to ‘Install OS X updates’.

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STEP 4:  Click on ‘System Preferences’ in the menu bar and select ‘Quit System Preferences’.

You are now set up for automatic OS updates.

 

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Judy Novotny

Judy is a computer veteran with 30 years of experience. She has owned everything from a TRS-80, Apple IIe and various Windows-based PCs. She is currently living in her Apple ecosystem at home consisting of an iPhone, iPad, iMac, MacBook, Apple TV, iPod nano and two Time Capsules. She is a fan of all things mobile since she got her first Palm Pilot in 1999. Check out her iPad app, Number Wizard, in the App Store. Follow her on Twitter @junovotech or at Junovo.com.

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