Update Safari on macOS

This guide will step you through the process of updating the Safari web browser on macOS.

Do you need to know what version of Safari do I have?

macOS automatically looks for updates

macOS will regularly & automatically check for updates to Safari (and any other software you have installed via the App Store) and prompt you to install updates as they are found.

It should prompt you in the top-right hand corner of the screen when updates are found. If you want to manually check for updates and install them, follow these steps:

  1. Open the App Store

    Click the Apple menu icon in the top left-hand corner of your screen.

    Screenshot of The Apple Menu icon in the top bar

    The system menu will appear, click the "App Store..." item.

    Screenshot of the App Store menu item

    This starts the App Store application.

  2. Go to the Updates tab

    Along the top of the App Store window which has just opened will be several tabs (or buttons). Click the one on the far-right named Updates

    Screenshot of the Updates item

  3. Find and activate the Safari update

    The Update screen may look different to the one in the screenshots. Version numbers shown here are examples and may change depending on what is considered the latest version...

    On this screen, the App Store will show you all of the updates which are available to you.

    It will bundle all of the System Applications (eg iTunes, Safari, Security Updates etc) which have updates available into one main "Software Update" item - shown in the following image.

    Screenshot of the App Store menu item

    If you click the UPDATE button, it will install all of those updates in one go. Notice that in some cases this may also require you to restart your computer.

    If you click the UPDATE ALL button, it will install all of the System Application updates, as well as any Third Party updates - you may be required to restart with this option as well.

    It is generally a good idea to install all of the available updates, but be aware: this may change how some of your software functions in the future. You should always have a backup of your system before you install System Updates.

    Upgrading just Safari

    If you want to upgrade just Safari and install none of the other available updates, click the blue "More" link; this will expand the System Applications, allowing you to pick and choose which updates to install.

    An expanded list of software which has available updates:

    Screenshot of the expanded list of software which has updates - you can choose particular ones to update.

    Choose which update/s to install by clicking either the Update or Update all button.

  4. App Store will now update Safari on macOS

    The latest version of Safari available for your system will download and install itself. This may take a few minutes depending on the speed of your internet connection.

    Screenshot showing the Safari update installing.

    You can see the blue progress bar showing how much of the installation has occured.

  5. Safari is now up to date

    Screenshot of updates installed in the last 30 days.

    Safari is now shown in the Updates installed in the Last 30 Days section of the App Store Updates.

    If you chose to also install other App updates, these should be included there as well.

Congratulations, you have now ensured that your copy of Safari is up to date. Confirm this by using our page to check if your browser is up to date.

Updating in the future

In normal circumstances, the App Store will continue to check for updates and prompt you to install them. If for some reason App Store wasn't able to update Safari, please speak to your IT Support team for further help.

Looking for guides to update other web browsers?

Here are some guides to update other web browsers like Chrome or Firefox.

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