macOS Big Sur 11.2 Released for Mac
Apple has released macOS Big Sur 11.2 for Mac users running macOS Big Sur. The new software update includes bug fixes and enhancements to the operating system, and is therefore recommended for all Mac users running macOS 11 Big Sur.
Specifically, macOS Big Sur 11.2 is said to improve the reliability of Bluetooth connections, resolves an issue with external displays and some M1 Macs, fixes a problem where iCloud Drive could erroneously turn off, amongst other various improvements and bug fixes. The full release notes for macOS Big Sur 11.2 are further below.
Additionally, smaller software updates are available for Mac users running macOS Catalina and macOS Mojave, versioned as Security Update 2021-001 Catalina and Security Update 2021-001 Mojave. Previously, Apple had also released iOS 14.4 for iPhone, iPadOS 14.4 for iPad, tvOS 14.4 for Apple TV, and watchOS 7.3 for Apple Watch.
How to Download MacOS Big Sur 11.2
Be sure to backup the Mac with Time Machine prior to updating any system software.
- From the Apple menu, select “System Preferences”
- Choose “Software Update” preference panel
- Select to update macOS Big Sur 11.2
A reboot is required to complete installation of the system software.
macOS Big Sur 11.2 Update Direct Download Links
For users who would prefer to install a combo update or package update rather than go through the Software Update mechanism, you can download those directly from Apple:
- macOS 11.2 Restore IPSW
- macOS 11.2 installer package
- macOS 11.2 Combo Update ?
- macOS 11.2 Package Update ?
Note on lack combo/package updates for macOS Big Sur: apparently Apple is either no longer providing the combo and package updates, or they just haven’t uploaded them yet. This is understandably disappointing as many users rely on these update packages for general use, upgrading multiple Macs, for troubleshooting, and much more. If you wish to have the combo updates for macOS Big Sur, it may be a good idea to send Apple feedback directly about this issue and request them to be made available again.
macOS Big Sur 11.2 Release Notes
Release notes accompanying the download for macOS Big Sur are as follows:
macOS Big Sur 11.2 improves Bluetooth reliability and fixes the following issues:
– External displays may show a black screen when connected to a Mac mini (M1, 2020) using an HDMI to DVI converter
– Edits to Apple ProRAW photos in the Photos app may not save
– iCloud Drive could turn off after disabling the iCloud Drive Desktop & Documents Folders option
– System Preferences may not unlock when entering your administrator password
– Globe key may not display the Emoji & Symbols pane when pressed
Some features may not be available for all regions, or on all Apple devices. For more detailed information about this update, please visit: https://support.apple.com/kb/HT211896 For detailed information about the security content of this update, please visit: https://support.apple.com/kb/HT201222
Troubleshooting Installation Errors with macOS Big Sur 11.2
Some users have reported a variety of issues when trying to download the macOS Big Sur 11.2 update.
If you see a variation of update failed to download, or “Download Failed: An error occurred while downloading the selected updates” error with macOS Big Sur 11.2, then you might try rebooting the Mac into Safe Mode (hold down the Shift key on system boot), and only have the “Software Update” System Preference panel open, and attempt to download and install the macOS Big Sur 11.2 update again. Thanks to Spruance and Tim for pointing out this helpful trick in the comments!
Some other helpful tips to resolve macOS Big Sur update and download errors are here covering other common error messages.
Share in the comments any particular issues or problems you encounter with the macOS Big Sur 11.2 update, as well as resolutions if you found them!
Separately, iOS 14.4 and iPadOS 14.4 updates are available for iPhone and iPad, along with updates to tvOS and watchOS.