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How to update Safari on any Mac

Honestly, if your system is set to auto-update, you'll never even need this tutorial.
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July 22, 2022

Safari is a reasonably good browser. It competes with the big dogs in most categories, including performance. It’s Apple’s in-house browser so it comes installed on every Mac by default. It’s reasonably easy to use, integrates well with iCloud, and plenty of people like it. In this tutorial, we’ll show you how to update your Safari browser to keep things current.

Also read: What is Apple Time Machine and how to use it

QUICK ANSWER

To update Safari, tap the Apple logo in the top left corner of the screen and click System Preferences. Next, click the Software Update option. If Safari has any updates, they come in the form of a system update. Folks without the System Update option can also check the App Store for updates.


JUMP TO KEY SECTIONS


How to update Safari Browser on macOS Mojave or later

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The vast majority of Mac machines require a full system update to update Safari. We’re not sure why Apple does it this way. However, the company has done this since macOS Mojave. Thus, everyone with a newer Mac or running the latest OS has to do it this way.

  • Tap the Apple Logo in the top left corner of your screen and click System Preferences.
  • In the next window, locate Software Update and click it.
  • Hit the Upgrade Now button if there is an update.
  • Wait for the update to complete, reboot if necessary, and that’s it.

Again, Apple bundles Safari updates with macOS software updates, so this is typically the only way to get the most recent version of Safari.


Alternate Method for macOS versions older than Mojave

App Store Updates macOS
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The old method was a lot more reasonable in our eyes. Basically, you open the App Store and update it like you would any other app. This method is obsolete now and we only have it here in case someone with an older version of macOS shows up.

  • First, open the App Store.
  • Once open, find and open the Updates section of the App Store.
  • If it has an update, you’ll find the Safari update here. Tap the Update button or the Update All button if you have multiple updates.

In our humble opinion, this was the easier way, and it allowed Apple to update the browser separately from macOS. In any case, those with older versions of macOS can still use this method.

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FAQ

There are two answers to that. The first is that Apple bundles Safari updates with system updates, so you can’t do it manually anymore. The second possible reason is that your macOS installation is too old, and there simply isn’t an update anymore.

If you are unable to perform any of the steps in this tutorial, yes, your macOS installation is too old to update Safari any further. Your path forward is to upgrade your macOS installation to a newer version and hope that a Safari update is available.