How to stop seeing macOS update alerts

Notifications to upgrade your Mac software you may leave you feeling frustrated, it’s helpful of Apple to let you know that an update is available and you can even download the update in the background so that the process of updating your Mac needn’t take as long. But these nagging notifications rarely appear at a convenient time, it’s actually quite easy to turn off this nagging.

How you do so will depend on the version of macOS you are running, however,  be aware that sometimes these updates are important and will need to be run at sometime. They may fix a vulnerability or address a bug in the software that could affect how well your Mac will work.

In Mojave:

Mojave update

  1. Open System Preferences.
  2. Click on Software Update.
  3. Deselect Automatically keep my Mac up to date

You can also click on Advanced and choose from:

  • Check for updates
  • Download new updates when available
  • Install macOS updates
  • Install app updates from the App Store

If you don’t want updates installing automatically, when you might have a busy day ahead, we suggest making sure that Install macOS updates and Install app updates from the App Store are not selected.

In High Sierra:

  1. Open System Preferences.
  2. Click on App Store.
  3. Click on the box beside Automatically check for updates to deselect it.