How to Check the macOS Version You’re Using

By Bhanu Pratap 6 Min Read
How to Check Which Version of macOS You Are Using

Wondering which macOS version you are using? Automatic updates generally take care of it, but sometimes the feature gets disabled or your Mac becomes outdated for the latest release of macOS. Additionally, some apps are compatible with specific macOS versions. In such cases, it becomes essential to check if your Mac is running the latest available version of macOS or not.

Checking the macOS version is a simple task that can be done with a couple of clicks. In this guide, we will take you through a step-by-step process of checking the macOS version on your Mac PC using two different and easy methods. So, let’s get started.

How to Check the macOS Version You’re Using

Let’s discuss a few ways to check which version of macOS is installed on your Mac devices.

1. Using System Information

The quickest and easiest way to check your macOS version is by checking the System information of your Mac from the Apple Menu.

For that, you can follow the below steps to open System Information and check the macOS version.

1. Open your Mac and unlock it if it is not already unlocked.

2. Now, while you are on the desktop of your Mac, click on the Apple logo on the top left of the screen. This will open up the Apple Menu on your Mac system.

Apple Menu Logo Mac

3. From the list of options available in the Apple Menu, click on the About This Mac option.

About This Mac Apple Menu

4. Doing so will open up the System Information window on your Mac screen. Here, you’ll be able to see your current macOS Version and name.

Check Which Version of macOS you are Using via System Information

Note: On older Macs running macOS Monterey or earlier, you might have to switch to the Overview tab in the System Information window to know your macOS version as shown below.

Here is how you can know more about your system information:

If you want a more detailed look into your Mac’s System Information, then you can press the Option key on your keyboard after opening the Apple Menu and you’ll see that the About This Mac option is now transformed into the System Information option. Click on system information while holding the option key.

System Information in Apple Menu on Mac

This will open up a detailed System Information window. Here, click on the Software tab from the left pane and you now be able to see your current macOS Version and its name along with a ton of other information.

Check Which Version of macOS you are Using via Detailed Software System Information

2. Using System Settings

There is also an alternate way to check your macOS name and version. In this method, we will use the Mac system settings to know the current macOS version of our Mac. Here’s how exactly it is done.

1. Open the System Settings on your Mac. You can open it by going to the Apple Menu from the top-left and then clicking on the System Settings option.

System Settings in Apple Menu on Mac

2. It will open the system settings window. Here, click on the General tab from the left pane and go to About from the right.

Go to About in General System Preferences on Mac

3. After that, under the macOS section, you’ll be able to see your macOS version running on your Mac.

Check Which Version of macOS you are Using via System Settings

There you have it. This is how you can check which macOS version you are currently using on your Mac PC. If you find that your Mac is not running the latest version then update your Mac. You can refer to Apple’s list of the latest macOS builds to cross-check if your macOS version is the latest one available.

How to Update macOS on Your Mac

If you find that your Mac is not up to date, then check if there is any Software Update available. To check for updates, you can follow the below-mentioned methods:

1. On macOS Ventura or Later

Go to System Settings > General > Software Update and if there is any update available, download and install it.

Software Update General System Settings on Mac

2. On macOS Monterey or Older

Go to System Preferences > Software Update and install the latest update if available.

Software Update System Preferences on Mac running macOS Monterey or earlier

Conclusion

This brings us to the end of this guide. We hope this guide has helped you in determining the macOS version you are currently running on your Mac. In this guide, we have provided two different yet easy-to-follow methods to check the macOS version on your Mac PC.

Many apps and programs have specific macOS version requirements as a minimum. For example, Sublime Text Editor requires macOS 10.13 or later. Therefore, it is important to check your Mac system’s OS version. If you have any questions or suggestions, please leave them in the comments below. We are always here to assist you.

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