Now that MacOS Mojave is available for download for all Mac users, you may be interested in upgrading to the latest and best version of software for Mac systems. But before you dive into it, it's often a good idea to prepare a Mac for a major system software update.
This article will provide a number of simple tips that can help you prepare a Mac for the MacOS Mojave update.
Update now or wait?
Many Mac users will be thrilled to install MacOS Mojave right away and features like Dark Mode will be especially interesting for many. Although there is certainly nothing wrong with the immediate update, and you will be among the first users to experience all the new features that MacOS Mojave has to offer, others may want to take a more cautious approach and wait a while & # 39; before installing any new system software.
Some Mac users will wait for a later update of the release point before installing a new version of the system software, with the idea that the first (or more) release of the points will include bug fixes and improvements that could improve the & # 39; overall experience. Perhaps it could be macOS 10.14.1, macOS 10.14.2, macOS 10.14.3 or even a later version. Or maybe they need to wait for a third-party app especially important to support the latest version of macOS. Maybe you decide to skip Mojave completely because you're electrified by Sierra or El Capitan or whatever else you're running, that's okay too. It's your computer, do what works best for you!
MacOS Mojave has some stricter system requirements than previous versions of Mac system software. The list of Mac MacOS compatible Mojave is as follows:
- MacBook – early 2015 or later
- MacBook Air – mid 2012 or later
- MacBook Pro – mid 2012 or later
- Mac Mini – end 2012 or later
- iMac – end 2012 or later
- iMac Pro
- Mac Pro – end 2013 or later
- Mac Pro: models from mid-2010 or mid-2012 with Metal-compatible graphics processor, including MSI Gaming Radeon RX 560 and Sapphire Radeon PULSE RX 580
Besides having a Mac that supports the MoJave version of MacOS, it's also a good idea and so on. Have about 20 GB (or more) of free disk space available to install the software update.
Having a full backup of your Mac and all important data is critical, especially before installing a new system software update.
Do not skip the backup procedure. Failure to complete a full Mac backup could result in irreversible and permanent data loss if something goes wrong during the software update process. Having backups can prevent this from happening.
It is very easy to use Time Machine to back up a Mac as discussed here. You can also use another backup service of your choice as long as you back up your Mac and important data on it.
Consider compatibility of apps and update apps
Most Mac apps will work well with MacOS Mojave and more active software developers will update their apps to fully support MacOS Mojave if they have not already done so. However, it's a good idea to consider app compatibility and update apps to work with the latest version of macOS Mojave.
If you have a single mission-critical app for workflow and productivity, it's a good idea to review the app specifically for compatibility with macOS Mojave before installing system software updates. Often the easiest way to do this is usually by going to the app developer website, support section, or contacting the app developer directly through the customer service to see if there are any special notes on compatibility with MoOSO of MacOS.
Often, simply by going to the "Updates" tab of the Mac App Store and installing all the updates of the available apps, the work is done and, in the weeks following the update to macOS Mojave, it is a good idea to go back to the App Updates section. Store to install them as they also enter.
Ready? Install the MacOS Mojave update
So you've decided to have a compatible Mac, you've updated your apps and backed up your entire computer so your data is safe … now you're ready to install MacOS Mojave!
The final version of MacOS Mojave is now available for download and the installation of the update is quite simple:
- Back up your Mac if you have not already done so
- Download the MacOS Mojave installation app from the Mac App Store here
- Installation of MacOS Mojave will start automatically *
- Run the installer and update on MacOS Mojave, the Mac will automatically restart once completed
That's all! Upgrading to macOS Mojave is simple and relatively fast, if you've already downloaded the installer it's about 45 minutes on the Macs I've tested the process on.
* If you want to create a bootable USB installer for MacOS Mojave to be used for installation on other Macs or as a boot drive, exit the installer first and then proceed with that process. If you run the installer and install MacOS Mojave, the installer will delete from the Applications folder when finished.
Have you already upgraded to macOS Mojave? Will you update immediately or are you going to wait a bit? What was your experience? Share your experiences, comments and thoughts below!