What you need to know:
- First and foremost, check whether your Mac supports macOS Ventura.
- Ensure the Mac has enough space to download and install the new software.
- Back up your current macOS to avoid data loss.
The WWDC 22 finally showcased the macOS 13, aka macOS Ventura. As expected, it has many amazing features like Stage Manager, richer Spotlight, iCloud Shared Photo Library, and more. But before you can download, install, and explore the new OS, here’s a thorough guide to preparing the Mac for macOS Ventura.
When will macOS Ventura be released?
- macOS Ventura Developer Beta is currently available.
- Public Beta will be available in July.
- The public release will be in September.
If you’re planning to download the Developer Beta, check out this thorough guide. However, beta versions often come with bugs, so make the decision wisely.
Will your Mac support macOS Ventura?
macOS 13 supported devices include Macs running Intel and M1 chips:
- Mac Pro – 2019 and later
- Mac mini – 2018 and later
- iMac – 2017 and later
- iMac Pro – 2017 and later
- Mac Studio
- MacBook Air – 2018 and later
- MacBook Pro – 2017 and later
- MacBook – 2017 and later
Does your Mac have enough space for macOS Ventura?
macOS updates are usually quite heavy. The macOS Ventura is around 12.5GB. Now, the system needs space to download the OS and run all the processes needed to install the OS. Usually, that comes around to double the size of the OS.
Go to the Apple icon → About This Mac → Storage. Before you begin downloading macOS 13, cleaning or optimizing your Mac’s storage is wiser. Some users also take this as a spring clean, aka clean reset their Mac and install the fresh OS for a smooth ride; if you’re planning that, check the next few steps.
Check if your important apps are compatible
This step majorly depends on how major is the OS update. If there are too many fundamental or security-related changes in the OS, some apps might be rendered useless. And god-forbid, if it’s a daily grind of work-related app that doesn’t support the new OS.
While macOS 13 offers no major change, checking for the app to add support to the new OS is still wiser. A Google search or a visit to the App store might help you figure out the status.
Notably, most major apps usually upgrade to support the latest OS between the Developer Beta release and the final public release.
Backup your Mac
There are risks involved when installing macOS 13’s Developer Beta, Public Beta, or public release. The culprit might be a bug, bad connection, corrupted file download, or something, but the result would be data loss.
So, it is a smart move to backup your Mac before you think of updating it.
Create a partition on your Mac to test macOS 13
Well, not really a compulsion, but a wise option, especially if you’re planning to explore macOS 13 beta. The idea is to create a partition on your Mac, so you’re free to test the beta versions while your data and files are secure from bugs or risks.
Ensure that the network connection is safe and steady
I have mentioned that the macOS Ventura is around 12.5GB. Now, you’ll need a speedy internet connection to download that. But that’s not all! Throughout the installation process, you’ll need access to the network, from verifying the update to login into Apple ID.
It is obvious that a fast and steady network will work in your favor, whereas a sluggish network could hamper the speed and create other problems.
Keep your Apple credentials ready
Hopefully, this is not a major task. You’ll be asked to log in with your Apple ID and password multiple times during the process. So, keep the details handy!
All the best…
Now that your Mac is ready feel free to upgrade to macOS Ventura without worry. Fingers crossed, you have a smooth and safe transition.