macOS Big Sur 11.6.1 Security Update For All Compatible Macs

macOS 11.6.1 update

macOS 11.6.1 update

Starting with macOS 12 Apple is allowing users to get all the important security updates, even if they choose not to update to the most recent macOS Monterey version. This is why macOS Big Sur 11.6.1 was released. It’s a minor update that focuses solely on security fixes!

macOS 11.6.1 Download

how to update to macOS 11.6.1
This update is available over-the-air in System Preferences -> Software Update.

Important: because this is an optional update it won’t show up on the main screen. You will get macOS Monterey instead.

How to: Click on More info, available below the ‘Another update is available’ section. macOS Big Sur 11.6.1 should be now displayed on your screen. Tap Install Now and follow the on-screen prompts!

Fact: the macOS 11.6.1 update file is 2.56 GB large.

macOS 11.6.1 Release Notes

macOS 11.6.1 release notes
The update log informs that this update is recommended for all users (that haven’t updated to macOS Monterey yet) and that it ‘improves the security content of macOS’.

Tip: For the full security content of macOS Big Sur 11.6.1 read Apple’s support document regarding this update.

macOS 11.6.1 Features

As mentioned above, optional Big Sur updates don’t come with additional features. For new features for your Mac, MacBook and iMac you have to update to macOS 12.

Have you updated to macOS Big Sur 11.6.1? What’s your feedback? Use the comments section!

Related: Check out our macOS Monterey review and learn about the new features, as well as common bugs. It might help you to make a decision to update or not.