Software Update to macOS Big Sur 11.3.1 stuck at “10 minutes remaining”

I had some trouble updating my Mac to macOS Big Sur 11.3.1. The update would remain stuck at “About 10 minutes remaining”, even after leaving it on all night.

The only way to get it to install correctly, was to reboot in Safe mode:

  • Shutdown your mac
  • Power it on again, and keep the Shift key pressed
  • Release when you get to the login screen

That fixed it for me. More info on Safe mode here.

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Add a folder to the dock in macOS

For some reason, I had lost the “Downloads” icon in the Dock on my Mac. It took me a while to figure out how to add it again, a simple “drag and drop” did not seem to work.

This is how:

  • right-click (or CTRL + Click) the Downloads shortcut in a finder window
  • select Add to dock
Add a folder to the doc in macOS
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