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Change Frequency of Software Updates on Mac OS X

Software Updates

The MAC OS X automatically checks for software updates on a weekly basis, unlike the previous versions of Mac in which the user had to choose the frequency with which the new software updates are installed. This could be done by changing the settings in System Preference.  In this tutorial, we will be guiding you on how you can change the frequency with which your Mac OS X checks for software updates; these updates include both software updates for Mac OS X and also for Mac App Store apps. By changing the frequency with which the Mac looks up for updates you can remain updated with enhanced security measures, bug fixes and many other features available in the update.

Keeping your software updated is very important if you want to keep your Mac device up-to-date. Often, updates include security enhancements which can make your Mac OS X more secure. If your Mac does not check for updates often you may have to wait a long period of time before you can get the new enhancements. It is also important so that the user is updated with the tweaks that will enhance the performance of your favorite apps. Hence, system checking for updates on a regular basis is really important.

The older versions of Mac Os had made available the frequency with which system checks update available in the System Preferences but in versions later than Lion this option is not available to the user. To change it the user needs to use the Terminal App tool. In the Terminal App, you need to take into consideration that the frequency change is according to the number of days and not weeks.   

How To Change Frequency of Software Updates

Now to change the frequency, open the app and copy paste the following line in your terminal window

defaults write com.apple.SoftwareUpdate ScheduleFrequency -int 1

Change the value of ‘1’ to 2 if you want your system to check for updates every two days or to any number of days according to your will.

After writing this you can now exit the app by using the return key. Restart your Mac to ensure that changes are in effect. Doing this however only notifies you when an update is available, you will have to manually install the update.

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