How to Update Your Mac's Operating System to the Latest Version of OS X

Posted February 25, 2014 at 7:01pm by iClarified | Please help us and submit a translation by clicking here | 53662 views

These are instructions on how to update the operating system of your Mac to the latest version of OS X.

If you aren't already on OS X 10.9 Mavericks you can upgrade for free by visiting this link.

Mavericks is compatible with:
● iMac (Mid 2007 or newer)
● MacBook (Late 2008 Aluminum, or Early 2009 or newer)
● MacBook Pro (Mid 2007 or newer)
● MacBook Air (Late 2008 or newer)
● Mac Mini (Early 2009 or newer)
● Mac Pro (Early 2008 or newer)
● Xserve (Early 2009)

You can check your version of OS X by select About from the Apple menu at the top left of your screen.

Step One
To check if an update is available for your operating system. Choose Software Update... from the Apple menu at the top left of your screen.

Step Two
The Mac App Store will launch, and after searching, it will display a list of updates available. If an update to OS X is available it will read something like OS X Update 10.9.2. Usually a restart required message will accompany the item.

Click the Update button, or if you want to install all the updates available for your computer, click the Update All button.

Step Three
A popup will appear warning you that you will need to restart after the download is complete. Make sure you've saved all your work in any open applications and click the Download & Restart button.

Step Four
After the download has completed, a notification will popup at the top right of your screen warning you that the computer will restart in one minute.

Step Five
Your computer will reboot and the update will be applied.

Step Six
Once your system has rebooted you will be on the latest version of OS X. You may want to do another Software Update to see if there are any updates that required the latest OS for installation.

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James Smith - July 5, 2014 at 8:39pm
None of this wokrs Apple is horrible. I'm changing to Linux.
John-Scrawn - July 5, 2014 at 9:00pm
Are you trying? You're worse. Linux is more like lisux.
James Smith - July 5, 2014 at 9:11pm
Of course I'm trying. What are you, astoundingly stupid? Linux seem to be far more user friendly than either OSX or any version of Windows. Now, are you ready to further expose your ignorance of all things technical?
John-Scrawn - July 5, 2014 at 9:13pm
Are you hypocritically following the steps carefully because if you were that into it it would be this simple. I updated after soing this under a minute, but have you tried turning it on the off, resetting it? Is it time for you to stop playing blame games to be exact?
John-Scrawn - July 5, 2014 at 9:21pm
Btw Nothing has ever been more user friendlier than osx. Once you go Mac you never to back. Simple at that.
Sotheara - June 24, 2014 at 10:34am
Hi sir, i wonder if i update from Mac OS X Lion 10.8.2 to Mavericks, so will my worth files i placed in song, movie, document, photo is safe or gone ... something like that! I await with anxiously to hear your advice. Thanks.
snoball - February 25, 2014 at 8:09pm
It's frightening to imagine that there are Mac users out there who read iClarified and still need this tutorial.
Thabet Alsayari - February 25, 2014 at 7:51pm
Nice one Andrew. LoooL
Andrew - February 25, 2014 at 7:41pm
Watch out for step 5 when you mac flips over ;)
Fukjohn Rah - February 25, 2014 at 9:10pm
Let me guess, don't turn power off while doing this?
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