Mac not Showing the Latest macOS Update

by Narendra

Mac not Showing the Latest macOS Update: You can check if there is a new update for you by going to System Preferences > Software Update. A common problem, though, is that Software Update may say “Your Mac is up to date” even when you know there is a big update available.

You might be wondering why the update isn’t showing up. I’ll tell you how to fix this common problem in this short article.

I was having the same trouble. Even though I knew that macOS Monterey 12.3 had been released, my Mac said there was no new update. You might want to install the latest updates as soon as possible, since they often add new features and make things better. You won’t be able to update your Mac until you figure out what’s wrong.

Restart your Mac

Many problems can be fixed by restarting. This one is a good place to start. Start your Mac up again. You can do that by selecting Apple > Restart from the menu. Try updating your Mac again after restarting. See the next step if this is still not working.

Mac users should try to reload the Software Update service

To do this, we will open Activity Monitor. How to do it:

  1. You can find Activity Monitor in the Applications > Utilities folder on your Mac. You can also open it with Spotlight.
  2. Use Activity Monitor’s Search field in the top right corner to look for softwareupdate. No spaces, just one word.
  3. Choose “ (System Preferences)” from the list of results.
  4. Click the “X” to quit and then choose “Force Quit.”
  5. Then, like usual, go to System Preferences > Software Update.
  6. Now, the new update should show up. If not, keep reading.

If you see a message that says “Preferences Error. Just press OK to get rid of it. This will make Software Update start up again.

Use the Mac App Store to get updates

  1. On your Mac, open the App Store.
  2. Type macOS into the search box and press the Enter key.
  3. Find macOS Monterey in the list (or whatever the current macOS version). Choose View. Click Get then.

When you click Get, the Software Update window will open again. But you will see the change this time. “Are you sure you want to download macOS Monterey 12.3?” is what mine says now. Choose Download.

It will say “Finding Update” in the Software Update pane. You might have to wait for a while. The software will then start to download. Follow the steps on the screen to get the latest version of the macOS software for your Mac. Please keep in mind that this first step might not work. If it doesn’t work, try again after restarting your Mac.