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How to Update Safari on Mac



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It is good practice to keep your web browser constantly updated for security reasons, but Apple Safari on Mac does not have an update button. Here’s how to keep Safari up to date.

Keep Safari up to date

Every year Apple releases new features for Safari, and you usually install them without realizing it, as they are tied to macOS updates you get in System Preferences.

But since Safari is a browser, Apple often lets you update to the latest version of Safari without installing the next major OS release. For example, while Safari 1

4.0 was bundled in macOS Big Sur, macOS Catalina users can still update to it. Apple also regularly provides security updates for older versions of Safari, which is the main reason why we recommend that you keep it up to date.

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How to Update Safari in System Preferences

To update Safari, you must use the Software Update feature in System Preferences. To get there, click on the Apple icon in the top left corner of the screen.

Select “System Preferences” from the menu that appears.

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In System Preferences, click “Software Update”.

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In the Software Update panel you can see if there are any software updates available for your Mac. If so, you have two choices.

If you want to install the latest operating system along with the latest version of Safari, click the “Update Now” button and follow the process.

If you only want to install an update for Safari, click “More info” below the list of available updates to see a detailed list of all updates.

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After clicking “More Info”, a panel will appear listing the updates available for your Mac. Make sure the “Safari” update is selected and disable “macOS” if you do not want to install a system update with it. When you are done, click on ‘Install Now’.

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After some time, the Safari update will be installed on your Mac.

Once the update process is complete, you can safely exit the System Preferences app using the red Close button in the corner of the window.

Exit System Preferences by clicking the red button in the corner.

Since this process is somewhat confusing and not obvious, we recommend turning on the auto-update feature to keep Safari and your Mac up to date. Good luck!

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