In this tutorial we'll look at what to do if your Mac stalls or freezes during a operating system software update.
There are a few reasons why the process might be interrupted.
Apple also releases system updates that keep your Mac secure and stable.
When a new major version of OS X is released, you can download the upgrade for free from the App Store.
Updating App Store Apps and System Software Enabling Automatic Updates Updating Apps Installed Without the App Store Upgrading to a Newer OS X Version Installing Updates in Legacy OS X Versions Community Q&A Software updates keep your computer and programs secure, fix errors, and provide new features.
Many apps that you install will get regular updates that can improve functionality.
If you’re thinking “That’s cool, but how do I update my Mac to it?
Installing new versions of mac OS on a Mac should be a pretty simple exercise.
(We cover preparation steps in the first section of our guide showing How to update mac OS on a Mac.) But in this article we cover possible solutions to try if your Mac freezes up in the middle of an update.
Read next: How to fix a frozen Mac We also have a complete guide to fixing some of the most common Mac issues.
Perhaps there's been a power cut; maybe there isn't adequate space available on your Mac (we always recommend that you don't install with less than 10GB free or your Mac may struggle with the installation); maybe there are other problems with your Mac - it's worth running Disk Utility (you'll find it in Applications Utilities) prior to updating just in case.
It's always wise to run through a standard series of checks before you perform an operating system update on a Mac.
So your first port of call could be to check the System Status page and check mac OS Software Update to see if there are any known issues.