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How Long the macOS Mojave Update Takes (10.14.6)



The macOS Mojave 10.14.6 update is an important upgrade and it’s decently sized at over 2GB for our MacBook Pro. Here’s how long it will take to download and install macOS 10.14.6. If you’re prepared the upgrade should go smoothly and it won’t take too long to install on your Macbook, MacBook Air, iMac, MacBook Pro or Mac Pro.

This smaller update does include important fixes for macOS as well as support for AirPlay 2 and a new Apple News+ feature.

The most common question we hear today is, “How long does the macOS Mojave update take to finish?” It’s a reasonable question since you can’t use the Mac while it is installing.

If you are already on macOS Mojave this upgrade will likely take about 30-45 minutes, but if you are on macOS High Sierra, it will be a larger download and take longer.

On a 400Mbps down internet connection, I was able to download macOS Mojave 10.14.6 in about 20 minutes. The installation took about 20 minutes, during which I could not use my Mac.



Backup to Time Machine (Optional)

5 minutes to a day

macOS Mojave Download

10 minutes to an 1 hour

macOS Mojave Installation Time

20 to 50 minutes

Total macOS Mojave Update Time

30 minutes to an hour and 50 minutes

We can’t tell you exactly how long macOS Mojave will take to install on your Mac because download times will vary based on demand and on your Internet connection.

One of the biggest factors you can control is if you are prepared. If you have a current Time Machine Backup and are ready to roll, this process will be smoother. The table above shows you how long the major steps will take. The length of time it takes and other issues are one reason you may not want to install macOS Mojave yet.

Prepare for macOS Mojave

A Time Machine backup isn’t required, but you’d be foolish to proceed without some kind of backup. This is one of the most important steps in our list of things to do before installing macOS Mojave.

It may add to the time to install macOS Mojave, but it is worth it to protect your files and data.

macOS Mojave Download Time

How long will it take to download and install macOS 10.14.6?

How long will it take to download and install macOS 10.14.6?

The wild card for everyone is how long the macOS Mojave download time is. Two factors are at play here; your connection and the number of people trying to download the update. If you have a fast internet connection, you may be able to download this update in about 10 to 15 minutes, but for some users, it will take longer.

macOS Mojave Installation Time

This is how long macOS Mojave takes to install.

This is how long macOS Mojave takes to install.

The macOS Mojave installation should take about 30 to 40 minutes if everything works right. This includes a speedy download and a simple install with no issues or errors.

We are already backed up to Time Machine, so we expect the download will complete in about 10 minutes if the servers can stand it, and then will budget another 20 minutes for the actual installation, during which time you cannot use the Mac.

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Install for Apple News+ & Fixes

Install for Apple News+ & Fixes

One of the biggest new features in macOS Mojave is Apple News+ and it now includes the ability to subscribe to  This is Apple's new subscription service that includes access to newspapers and magazines. 

For $9.99 a month you get access to over 300 magazines and a variety of newspapers right on your Apple devices. You need macOS 10.14.4 and iOS 12.2 to use this feature. 

Apple News+ is currently only available in the U.S. and Canada. You can try Apple News+ free and then subscribe when the trial is over if you like the service. 

Magazines include; Time, The Atlantic, The New Yorker, Vogue, InStyle, Elle, Bon Appetit, Food & Wine, Sports Illustrated, ESPN, runner's World, Travel & Leisure, Outside, People, Vanity Fair, Wired, National Geographic and others. You also get online publications like Vox, The Cut, Vulture and more. Newspapers include the Los Angeles Times and The Wall Street Journal.

You can share with up to six family members and new issues are automatically downloaded so they are ready when you are, even if you are offline. 

The macOS 10.14.6 update includes a ton of fixes for Apple News+ on the Mac including;

  • Makes downloaded issues available in the My Magazines section of Apple News+, both online and offline
  • Adds all publications in Apple News+, including newspapers, to the catalog at the top of the News+ feed
  • Adds the ability to clear downloaded magazine issues in Apple News+ by selecting History > Clear > Clear All

The only way to get these fixes is to install the macOS 10.14.6 update on your Mac. 

1 Comment

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  1. Pete Wilson

    11/06/2018 at 2:08 pm

    Your table says “High Sierra” instead of Majove – a little too much cut and paste?

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