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How do I stop Big Sur from installing on my computer?

Ask Different Asked by FadingLight on December 17, 2020

I have Catalina running on a 16" MacBook Pro.

I do not want to upgrade to Big Sur until next July.
Is there a way to do that?

Responding to BMike:

Two days before Big Sur dropped I set Software Update as follows:

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On the day Big Sur dropped I got the update message and I told it to remind me tomorrow.

Today I tried the sudo command and got this:

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I am going to leave this open for another day, but at the moment it looks like the answer is "You can’t"

One Answer

Disable the Automatically keep my Mac up to date check box.

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Use the second “more info ...” blue link to get security updates until you are ready to take the invitation to upgrade. It’s listed below the Other Updates text in the middle of the window. If you like the command line you can pick and choose from any or all available update(s) and also suppress them by name.

sudo /usr/sbin/softwareupdate --ignore "macOS Big Sur"

Please read this entire article before trying sudo for the first time, you could delete all your documents and photos with a syntax error or bad copy/paste of a good command. If you use Time Machine, one sudo alone won’t delete your backups.

The article above explains the down side of trying to block Big Sur before it's advertised and the error message you will see in that case. A more invasive solution would be to use an MDM product to block the actual installer. Or compile an app like the following open-source tool which anyone can compile with a free AppleID and free version of Xcode.

Answered by bmike on December 17, 2020

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