How to Update Safari Browser on MacBook and Computer?

Learn how to update Safari on macOS notebooks and desktops machines. The Safari comes pre-installed on all Apple devices. The updates are intermittent.

The Safari is a pre-installed web browser program for every Apple device. The updates generally include new features, security, compatibility improvements, and user privacy enhancements. Hence, it’s recommended to update the Safari browser as soon as the upgrades are available.

My father is not very tech-savvy. He doesn’t keep up with the latest updates either. Since the latest updates of the Safari on Mac carries a lot of new and enhanced features, I had to teach him how to update Safari.

Unfortunately, the Safari updates are discontinued for other operating systems like Windows OS. Nevertheless, there are great alternatives like Google Chrome, Firefox Quantum, and even Microsoft Edge browser.

In this article, we are going to learn how to update Safari on Mac notebooks and desktops to the latest available version.

Steps to Update Safari Browser

The Safari browser updates are released in the Software Update program along with major and minor macOS upgrades. You can manually check for new updates and install them if required.

You can also set up the automatic software update for Safari on Mac.

Follow these steps on how to update Safari browser in macOS:

  1. Open System Preferences… under Apple apple logo.
    Apple macOS System Preferences
  2. Select the Software Update program from the list.
    Apple System Preferences > Software Update macOS
  3. Click on the More info… link.
    Software Update More Info Link
  4. Select the checkbox against the Safari browser to install updates.
    Safari update is available for your Mac
  5. Hit on the InstallNow command button.
  6. The download will begin, and Safari update installation finishes automatically
    Downloading new updates - Mac Software Update

That’s it. The Safari is now up to date with the latest improvements, security, and features. All thanks to the Safari update.

How to Update Safari without Upgrading macOS?

Safari Browser Update Frequency

The update frequency of the Safari browser for notebooks and desktop machines is quite low compared to other browsers.

Major upgrades are released along with the macOS annual upgrades. Whereas minor upgrades are released randomly once or twice in a quarter. However, if there are any security upgrades and patch fixes, the updates are immediately released.

In my experience, the upgrades are very slow yet powerful. And major upgrades are only released along with operating system upgrades. However, I taught my father how to update Safari on Mac so that he keeps up with the latest features and trends.

Let me know if you’re facing any challenges in updating Safari on your Mac in the comments below. What is your preferred browser on the macOS? Have you thought of using Safari alternatives?

Lastly, here are the recommended web browsers for your computer and mobile phone that you should give a try.

Chrome WindowsChrome MacChrome iOSChrome AndroidFirefox Linux
Firefox WindowsSafari MacSafari iOSEdge AndroidChrome Linux
Edge WindowsFirefox MacEdge iOSSamsung InternetEdge Linux

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3 Responses

  1. John says:

    Hi I was attempting to upgrade my safari browser but maybe my computer is too old as I don’t have the “software update” icon in the systems preferences. It looks like that’s the only one missing from your example. Any thoughts or help would surely be appreciated. I’m probably a lot like your Dad, old school.

    • Editor says:

      Hi John, Apple only supports a software upgrade for 4 years; or few extra years in some cases. Since you’re running on the old operating system version, the latest software upgrade isn’t available. Officially, Apple doesn’t support it. Even if we download the latest safari package from third-party software sites, there will be some compatibility issues with your old OS.

      Hence, I recommend considering the Safari alternatives in your case. Probably you can choose Google Chrome or Microsoft Edge browser. I hope this clarifies and helps you. Thank you!

  2. Tom KIrkman says:

    My system preferences does not have the software update icon. And when I check the App store it does not offer any safari update. Mine is two versions out of date. Where can I find it?

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