How to update macOS?

Updating your macOS is easier than you think, just follow our tutorial!

How to update macOS to Monterey

Downloading and updating macOS is child’s play! Nevertheless, there are a few steps you will need to go through before you get started.

Presented at WWDC in June 2021, Monterey, the latest version of macOS, has been available for download since October 25, 2021.

In this tutorial, we tell you how to get and install it on your Mac. We’re also looking at its older version, macOS Big Sur, which you might want to install on an older or incompatible Mac with Monterey.

How to install macOS Monterey on your Mac?

As of October 25, 2021, the last official version of macOS is Monterey.

If you want to update your Mac, whether it’s from Big Sur or an older version of macOS, the methods are different.

If Big Sur, Mojave, or Catalina is installed on your Mac, the update will be done through software.

  • Open System Preferences.
  • Click Software Update.
  • Click Update Now to download the installer for the new version of macOS.
  • After the installer has downloaded, click Install.

Be careful, your Mac will be out of service for a little while the software installs.

Update from High Sierra or earlier

If you are using High Sierra or earlier, follow these steps:

  • Launch the App Store on your Mac.
  • Search for macOS.
  • Click Get (older versions of the App Store may have a Download button ).
  • Provide your Apple ID if prompted.

The installation file will be in Applications, but no matter what, it will open automatically.

How do I install an update for macOS Big Sur, Catalina, or Mojave?

If you’re looking to update to the latest version of Big Sur, from an older version of macOS, or another version of Big Sur, we explain what you need to do below.

First, make sure you have one of the following devices:

  • 13-inch MacBook Pro, M1 (2020)
  • 13-inch MacBook Pro (2020)
  • 16-inch MacBook Pro (2019)
  • 15-inch MacBook Pro (2019)
  • 13-inch MacBook Pro (2019)
  • 15-inch MacBook Pro (2018)
  • 13-inch MacBook Pro (2018)
  • 15-inch MacBook Pro (2017)
  • MacBook (2015) or later
  • MacBook Air (2012) or later
  • MacBook Pro (2012) or later
  • Mac mini (2012) or later
  • iMac (2012) or later
  • iMac Pro

Installing macOS updates, once you use Big Sur, Catalina, or Mojave is a bit different. Rather than opening the Mac App Store, you’ll need to do the following:

  • Open System Preferences
  • Click on Software Update
  • Select Update Software.

If you already have the new version of macOS and you just want to benefit from the latest update of this software, you will find it under the dedicated tab directly on the App Store.

  • Open the App Store on your Mac.
  • Click on Updates.
  • Click Update next to the version you want to install.

If the software has not yet been downloaded (you can configure it to do so automatically), it will be downloaded in the background. Once completed, you will see a notification telling you that it is ready to be installed. You can then choose to update immediately or later. 

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