How do I get notification that there is an update for the MacOS system? I can find some questions on how to turn it off, but my problem is that it doesn’t appear to notify me at all.

The last update is one I read about. After that, I went to

System Preferences | Software Update

After that I checked manually. On then did I see any notification.

My selected Advanced settings are:

  • Check for updates
  • Download new updates …
  • Install macOS updates
  • Install system data files …

MacOS 10.14.3

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On my iMac I have AppStore app in the dock. Whenever I have a software update, a number appears on the AppStore icon indicating how many updates I have. This applies to System Updates as well. I think that is the only way I'm notified.

  • Thanks, but it’s not the apps I’m worried about. It’s the actual System updates. They used to appear with the App Store, but now they’re in System Preferences.
    – Manngo
    Jan 31, 2019 at 23:36
  • since when? are you running Mojave?
    – Natsfan
    Feb 1, 2019 at 2:53

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