How to Update Drivers on Mac

Driver Updates on macOS

Tight Integration: The vast majority of the drivers for your Mac’s built in components (trackpad, networking, sound etc.) are bundled directly inside macOS updates.

App Store: Updates for Apple provided software (like printers or certain pro level audio devices) are usually handled through the App Store.

Methods to Update Drivers

System Updates: The Main Path

Go to System Preferences (Apple icon in the top left corner) –> Software Update.

If updates are available click Update Now and follow the prompts. This will include drivers bundled with the core system updates.

App Store for Certain Devices

Open the App Store application

Click on the Updates tab to see if any updates are available for Apple software or other devices using those channels.

Specific Cases

Third-Party Peripherals: Check the manufacturer’s website for dedicated Mac drivers and updates for things like webcams, specialized printers or audio interfaces.

Graphics Cards: macOS handles updates for all of its own built in graphics. External GPUs (connected via Thunderbolt) usually rely on direct updates from the manufacturer.

Situations Where You Might Need Manual Updates

Pro Tools: Hardware like high end audio interfaces, mixing surfaces or specialized video capture devices sometimes have dedicated drivers from the manufacturer, crucial for maximizing their performance and features.

Evolving Standards: Brand new peripherals leveraging the latest Thunderbolt versions or USB standards can benefit from direct driver downloads from the manufacturer even if some basic functionality works out of the box.

Legacy Devices: If you’re trying to use older hardware, sometimes a specific driver from the manufacturer is required for it to be recognized at all.

Finding the Right Drivers

Manufacturer Website: Always start with the support section of the official website for your device. They’ll have the most up to date and Mac-compatible drivers.

Search Clarity: Use specific search terms including your Mac’s model (e.g. MacBook Pro 2022), the device name and keywords like Mac driver or macOS download.

Rare Scenarios

Beta Drivers: In specific cases manufacturers might offer beta drivers for cutting edge hardware features or bug fixes. However these can be less stable.

Hackintosh Setups: If you’re running macOS on a non Apple computer (a “Hackintosh”), driver sourcing is a more complex landscape relying on community driven solutions.

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