Can you close a Mac book computer while updating? (SOLVED!)


When it comes to updating computers, both Windows and Macbook computers have their own etiquette on how to safely update their software drivers. There are plenty of dos and don’ts if you want to keep your computer updated without a glitch. MacBook users however have been wondering if a Macbook pro computer can be closed while the Mac is still updating?

As a general guide, Macbook computers must not be closed while the computer is still updating software drivers. Sudden interruption while the Mac is updating its software drivers can lead to a black screen on your Macbook.

Closing your computer while it is still updating may not be very dangerous or detrimental to your MacBook operations when it happens accidentally, but it surely leads to inconvenience when you are on your way out only to find that you have a blank screen on your laptop.

The main reason why you mustn’t close down or turn off your MacBook while it’s updating is that the software drivers are not yet fully installed on your MacBook. This can lead to further confusion among Macbook users if they choose to close their laptops while updating.

Apple has made this clear in its support website that it is best to let your computer run through updates rather than closing it down or force-quitting the installer. Closing your MacBook while it’s still updating can lead to a lot of problems.

For instance, when you force quit an upgrade by closing the installer window you may lose data in any file that is currently in use. This issue is similar when you restart your Macbook without allowing time for installation and then run into difficulties when files are in use that cannot be modified.

Whenever you close down your MacBook before the update is complete, it will not be registered as a restart and therefore not count as one towards the update. So whenever you attempt to install any application or system software updates that require a restart, you’ll need to reboot your computer manually and run through the installation process again.

DOs and DON’Ts When Updating Your Computer.

To make sure your updates run correctly, there are DOs and DON’TS that you must observe at all times. Use these tips to avoid trouble when updating MacBook operating systems, applications, apps, programs, etc.

The DOs When Updating Your Computer

  • When updating your computer, keep your Macbook plugged in and make sure the battery is at least 50 percent charged before starting to update your Macbook.
  • You should also keep it connected to a power source whenever you are downloading software updates, especially if they’re very large files. It’s best not to do such an update on battery power alone as this can be hard on the battery in the long term.
  • Do ensure you have enough free space on your Macbook for the updates. If there is insufficient disk space, you may be prompted to delete some files before being able to update your computer.
  • Make sure you have another window open or another app running while updating as this will help speed up your computer and make sure the update runs smoothly.
  • After the installation of the files is complete, stay put and let your Macbook restart on its own before you do anything else to it. Don’t touch or disturb your laptop while it’s updating. It would be all too easy to accidentally press a key during this time and interrupt the installation of software drivers. Just wait patiently for your laptop to restart before using it again.

The DON’Ts When Updating Your Computer

  • Never, ever switch off or restart your Macbook while an update is in progress, especially if you are updating the system software.
  • Do not download updates while connected to a cellular network as this can also cause problems when downloading very large files.
  • It is best not to download updates over a wireless connection as this can slow down the process and interrupt the installation of software drivers.
  • When updating your computer, it’s always wise to check for any technical issues that may trip you up when attempting to do an upgrade. One way to reduce the chances of problems cropping up is to first back up your computer. You can use Time Machine on your Macbook for this purpose by connecting an external drive to the USB port on your laptop.

It’s never fun when your Mac freezes up. But if you’re updating, it can be even more frustrating when an older version of the operating system crashes before installing the new one simply because you closed your MacBook Pro before the software driver update is completed. 

The good news is that following the tips provided above reduces this risk and get to go back to work without the worry of a Blue screen of death!  I’ve also compiled a list of quick tips for how to avoid other software update-related issues in your business software installation process.

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