How to Update Your MacBook Air Laptop

How to Update Your MacBook Air Laptop

How to Update Your MacBook Air Laptop

Install the most current version of macOS

Do you want to know the way to Update Your MacBook Air Laptop? Read until the end.

What You Should Know About;

  1. Mojave and Later: Select System Preferences > Software Update > Update Now from the drop-down menu.
  2. Prior to the High Sierra: Navigate to the App Store, then to the Updates tab, and then to Update.
  3. Perform a backup of your system before installing an update in case something goes wrong.

The method for updating your MacBook Air differs depending on the version of macOS or OS X that is currently installed on the iPad. The first method shown here is for MacBook Air laptops running macOS Big Sur (11) through macOS Mojave (10.14), while the second is for macOS High Sierra (10.13) and earlier.

macOS Mojave and Later

Everything usually goes smoothly when updating a Mac, but it’s a good idea to make a backup before you begin. After you’ve backed up your data, follow these steps to check for operating system updates:

Important: Some users of older Macs have reported problems after upgrading to macOS Monterey, claiming that it can cause serious issues with the iMac, Mac mini, and MacBook Pro. Before attempting the update, check with Apple to ensure that your device is capable of upgrading to macOS Monterey.

  1. Select System Preferences from the Finder’s Apple menu or from the Dock’s System Preferences icon.
The System Preferences command under the Apple menu

2. Choose Software Update.

Software Update in macOS System Preferences

3. If your MacBook Air discovers a new update, choose Update Now.

If your MacBook does not find a new update, a message that says “Your Mac is up to date” appears. If it discovers a new update, clicking Update Now starts the update process.

Searching for software update

This could take a few minutes or up to an hour, depending on the size of the update.

macOS High Sierra and Previous Versions

If you got macOS High Sierra (10.13) or an earlier operating system, such as OS X El Capitan (10.11) or Yosemite (10.10), you will need to update your MacBook Air in a slightly different way.

  1. On your MacBook Air, go to the App Store.
  2. Select the Updates tab from the menu bar at the top of the App Store window.
High Sierra update

3. Select Update if a software update is available.

This can take anywhere from a few minutes to nearly an hour, depending on the size of the update. When the update is complete, your MacBook Air will restart.

Creating a Backup Prior to Updating
While a backup is rarely required when updating a MacBook Air, it’s still a good way to develop one in case something goes wrong during the process. The simplest method is to use the built-in Time Machine app on the Mac.

  1. Connect an external storage device, such as a Thunderbolt, USB, or FireWire hard drive, to your MacBook.
  2. Pick the Apple icon in the upper-left corner of the Mac screen from the menu bar.
  3. Choose System Preferences.
  4. Choose Time Machine > Backup Disk.
Time Machine backup

Choose Encrypt backups after selecting the external drive you’re using.

Choose Use Disk.

This starts the backup process, which will be repeated on a regular and automatic basis in the future if you keep Time Machine connected to your storage device turned on.

Examine Your MacBook’s Storage Space: Find Out More

Can Your Mac Run the Most Up-To-Date Operating System?

If you have an older laptop, make sure it is compatible with the macOS version you would like to download and install.

About My Mac

If you want to upgrade to macOS Big Sur (11) for the first time, your MacBook Air must have been released in 2013 or later and then be running OS X El Capitan (10.11) or later.

If you want to upgrade to any of the following operating systems, you’ll need the following:

  1. macOS Mojave or Catalina requires a MacBook Air from mid-2012 or later, as well as OS X Mavericks (10.9) or later.
  2. High Sierra or macOS Sierra: Late 2010 (or later) MacBook Air, OS X Lion or later (Mountain Lion in the case of High Sierra)
  3. OS X El Capitan requires a MacBook Air from late 2008 (or later), as well as OS X Snow Leopard or later.
  4. OS X Yosemite requires a MacBook Air from late 2008 (or later), as well as OS X Snow Leopard or later.
  1. Under the Apple menu, select About This Mac.
About This Mac

2. In the next window, the current version of macOS is displayed in the centre.

The macOS version in About This Mac

3. Use this information to determine whether you are eligible for an upgrade.

Tips: Apple releases operating system updates for the MacBook Air on a regular basis to add new features, fix bugs, & improve security.

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