Do you want to stop getting beta updates for MacOS Catalina or Mojave? You can opt out of receiving software updates for beta systems by removing the beta profile from a Mac. This works in the same way with both the public beta and developer beta profiles of MacOS system software.
Generally, you will only remove the beta profile if your Mac is already in a stable system software build (ie not a beta release), then removing the beta profile will prevent Mac from getting future beta updates. So if you installed MacOS Catalina public beta, you would not want to remove the beta profile unless you have already moved to a stable build or downgraded MacOS Catalina Beta.
Note that deselecting the MacOS Beta program does not remove any existing beta software, it simply prevents further beta updates from coming to the Mac.
How to opt out of MacOS Beta System Software Updates
- Go to the Apple menu and select “System Preferences”
- Select “Software Update”
- Look for the text that says “This Mac is registered in Apple Beta Software "and click on the tiny blue text that says" Details … "
- Select" Restore Defaults "To deselect the beta program and stop getting future beta software updates
- Close outside of System Preferences
Now that you return to the software update system panel, you will receive regular macOS system software updates as usual for final release versions.
As mentioned earlier, this does not downgrade MacOS system software, nor remove beta system software, it only prevents future beta software updates from coming to Mac. This is not desirable if you intend to update macOS beta for future releases, but if you want to freeze it in place it may be useful (you might be testing a particular beta version for some reason on an APFS volume or something similar and want to maintain that beta state.)
Note that this process is different on modern MacOS versions that receive software updates from the software update settings panel compared to previous system software that received updates from the App Store. Earlier versions of Mac OS X that receive software updates from the Mac App Store would use this method to stop getting beta software updates from the Mac App Store instead.
For almost everyone, they will not opt out of beta releases and will continue to receive them when new updates come along. Nevertheless, this is an option and it is quite useful in a variety of situations, especially if you want to leave the beta program and you are already in a stable macOS build.