How to Stop Getting Beta MacOS Updates in MacOS Sonoma

Sep 29, 2023 - Leave a Comment

How to Stop getting MacOS Sonoma beta updates

If you’ve already installed and updated to MacOS Sonoma, and you were previously in the beta testing programs (either public beta or developer beta), you may wish to no longer receive beta updates to your Mac.

If you don’t do this, and you were previously enrolled in the MacOS Sonoma beta testing program, you will be receiving beta updates, like Sonoma 14.1 beta, 14.2 beta, 14.3 beta, and so on.

How to Stop Getting MacOS Sonoma Beta Updates

Turning off beta updates make it so only final stable builds are offered to you via software update:

  1. From the  Apple menu choose ‘System Settings’
  2. Go to “General” and then to “Software Update”
  3. Click on the tiny (i) button across from “Beta Updates”
  4. How to stop getting MacOS Sonoma beta updates

  5. Select “Off” from the dropdown menu and click on “Done”
  6. Stop receiving beta software updates in MacOS Sonoma

Now, only final versions of macOS will be offered to you.

If you’re currently running a beta version, for example, MacOS Sonoma 14.1 beta, you’ll likely want to wait until the final version of MacOS Sonoma 14.1 is released to the general public, and then turn off the beta updates. Otherwise, you will end up on an early beta build, which is likely to be buggier than a later build let alone a final build of MacOS Sonoma is to be.

You can also stop getting iOS 17 beta updates on iPhone, and stop getting iPadOS 17 beta updates on iPad, if you were in those beta programs, and have since decided to leave the beta program.


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Posted by: Paul Horowitz in Mac OS, Tips & Tricks

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