How to update macOS on MacBook

How to update macOS on MacBook

As a MacBook user, you probably understand the significance of keeping your operating system up-to-date for optimal performance and security. However, some still struggle to wrap their head around this idea. And that’s why, I am at your rescue. Allow me to take you through the steps to update your macOS clearly and concisely. So, without further ado, let’s welcome macOS Sonoma to your personal powerhouse.

What should you do before upgrading to the latest macOS version?

Many things can go wrong while updating your Mac. It is important to safeguard your Mac from such happenings. It is not wise to trigger happy and hit the update button. Follow the steps outlined below to prepare your Mac for an update.

  1. Check whether your Mac is compatible with the latest macOS.
  2. Ensure you have enough free space. I would recommend freeing up at least 25GB before installing macOS Sonoma.
  3. Head over to Apple newsroom/ Reddit and check whether users are facing any major issues with the latest macOS.
  4. Clear junk files and clean your Mac. This will also help reclaim storage space. 
  5. Back up your Mac.
  6. Connect your Mac to a fast and reliable network. Avoid updating on public WiFi. 
  7. Log in to iCloud. 

Which models of Mac are compatible with the latest version of macOS?

It is important to check whether your Mac supports the latest macOS. Otherwise, all the efforts will go in vain. If your Mac doesn’t support the update, you will not get the update notification. In certain cases, your Mac supports the update; however, the update is stripped of certain new features.

Apple publishes a list of compatible devices for each macOS release. For instance, head over to the macOS Ventura support page to check compatibility. Before updating, check your MacBook version and specifications.

How to update macOS on Mac

  1. Click Apple logo and select System Settings from the menu.
  2. Select Software Update

    Click general, Software Update
  3. Wait while your Mac searches for updates.
  4. If it says Your Mac is up to date, then no new update is available. 
  5. If an update is available, click Upgrade Now

    Click Upgrade Now to install macOS Sonoma
  6. Make sure the internet connection is fast and reliable. Updates run into tens of gigabytes. The whole process could take a while. 

What is the macOS Beta version? How to get it?

Apple’s beta software program is a great way to test future macOS. The program is geared towards developers and power users. Enrolling in the macOS beta program lets you check out the pre-release version. That said, you will likely find bugs and other issues in the beta version. But that’s the point of enrolling in a beta program.

There are multiple ways to download the macOS developer beta. I would not recommend installing the beta macOS version on your daily driver or your primary Mac. At times the issues could hamper your workflow and cause delays. And all of them require enrollment into Apple’s beta program.

Worst case scenario, you can always downgrade to the stable macOS if something goes wrong. However, the data that was not backed up will be lost.

Upgrade to evolve!

By following the simple steps outlined in this guide, you can update your operating system and access the latest features and security enhancements. Remember to back up your important data before getting started, and always keep your MacBook plugged in during the update process. With these precautions in mind, you can enjoy a seamless and efficient update experience.

Thank you for reading. Which macOS version do you like the most? Let us know in the comments below.

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