How to Install MacOS Updates Without Upgrading to MacOS Ventura
You likely know by now that macOS Ventura is available to download and install for any compatible Mac, but perhaps you’re not quite ready to install Ventura yet, or you’re perfectly satisfied running macOS Monterey or Big Sur, so you’d prefer to simply update those operating system releases to the latest available version.
Both macOS Monterey and macOS Big Sur are continuing to get software updates from Apple for security patches and other major issues, so if you choose to stay on those system software releases (which is a perfectly reasonable decision if they’re working fine for you), then you’ll likely want to know how to update your system software while skipping macOS Ventura.
How to Install the Latest macOS Updates Without Upgrading to MacOS Ventura
You can install macOS updates and skip macOS Ventura for both MacOS Monterey and MacOS Big Sur:
- Go to the Apple menu in the upper left corner and select “System Preferences”
- Choose “Software Update”
- Find the tiny blue text that says “More Info…” under the tiny ‘Other updates are available’ text, located under the Ventura banner and click on that
- Choose the software updates you wish to install here, then click on “Install Now”
The Mac will reboot as usual when installing any system software update or point release, but assuming you followed the instructions correctly, you will simply install the currently available updates to the actively running MacOS release, rather than upgrading to macOS Ventura.
In the example here, macOS Ventura is skipped to instead choose to install macOS Monterey 12.6.1 as a general software update, but this will work the same with future updates as well, whether that’s macOS Monterey 12.6.2, 12.6.3, 12.6.4, 12.6.5, macOS Monterey 12.7, or whatever else Apple puts out there for us.
You can also install these updates via the command line with the softwareupdate command, if that interests you.