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Update Microsoft 365 apps from the Mac App Store

If you downloaded Microsoft 365 apps from the Mac App Store, and have automatic updates turned on, your apps will update automatically. But you can also manually download the updates: 

  1. Open the Mac App Store from your Dock or Finder.

  2. Click Updates on the left side menu, then click Update All, or the Update button next to the apps that you want to update.

Update Microsoft 365 apps and Office using AutoUpdate

If you downloaded Microsoft 365 apps or Microsoft Office from, Microsoft AutoUpdate makes sure your apps will always be up-to-date with the latest security fixes and improvements. If you are a Microsoft 365 subscriber, you'll also receive the newest features and tools.

  1. Open an Office app such as Word, then on the top menu, click Help > Check for Updates.

    If you don't see Check for Updates, run the latest version of Microsoft AutoUpdate tool, then check for updates again.

    Help > Check for Updates

  2. Select Automatically keep Microsoft apps up to date to receive the latest security fixes and feature improvements as soon as they become available, helping your Mac stay protected and up to date.

  3. Click Update to download and install all the available updates.

    Microsoft AutoUpdate window when updates are available.

  4. If you want to learn about the details of each update before installing, click the arrow next to the Update button and review the apps, versions and installation date. Then click Update All or Update next to individual apps.

    Image of Microsoft AutoUpdate dashboard with information about the updates.

If you're not sure how you installed your apps, you can use the following command from the Terminal app:

mdls -name kMDItemAppStoreReceiptType /Applications/Microsoft\

If you see MDItemAppStoreReceiptType = (null) after running the command, then Microsoft AutoUpdate should be used to update your apps. Apps downloaded from the Mac App Store will show a receipt type of "Production".

Early access with Office Insider

To get exclusive access to the newest features and updates, and the opportunity to send feedback directly to Microsoft, join our Insider program. You’ll get preview builds for the latest features, security updates, and performance fixes that we release before anyone else who are on the older versions of Office.

To learn more about the insider program, see this page.

  1. Open an Office app, like Word, then click Help > Check for Updates > Advanced....

    Microsoft AutoUpdate window when updates are available.

  2. Select Current Channel (Preview) or Beta Channel.

    • Current Channel (Preview) gives you early access to fully supported builds with minimal risk.

    • Beta Channel is a good option if you want the earliest but unsupported preview builds that are released more frequently. 

    Image of Mac Microsoft AutoUpdate -> Preferences window that shows update channel choices.

  3. Review the License Agreement and information that’s collected when you use your apps.

  4. Select Accept and then Check for Updates, to download the Insider updates

More about Microsoft AutoUpdate

You can find Release notes for Office for Mac here. If you're looking for previous release downloads for Microsoft AutoUpdate, see Update history for Office for Mac.

Need help with Microsoft AutoUpdate?

Troubleshoot Microsoft AutoUpdate

If you're having trouble updating with Microsoft AutoUpdate, see Troubleshoot Microsoft AutoUpdate.

You updated Office, but not seeing subscription features

If you previously had a one-time purchase of Office on your Mac, but you're now a Microsoft 365 subscriber and aren't seeing certain subscription features, your copy of Office may still be using the license of your one-time purchase and not your subscription. See How to remove Office license files for help.

See Also

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