macOS Monterey is here, along with some nice new features like Live Text that lets you select text in images, include Shortcuts on the Mac, Safari enhancements, Focus modes, the ability to use the Mac as an AirPlay receiver, and a host of general Mac enhancements .
If you are ready to install and upgrade to macOS Monterey, we will go through the steps to install macOS Monterey on Mac. The approach we will cover in this article will be to upgrade the previous edition of macOS to macOS Monterey.
Before you begin, make sure you have at least 25 GB of free storage on your Mac, as MacOS Monterey requires enough space to download the installer as well as complete the installation. The installer will wipe itself after it finishes, so it will free up some storage space when it finishes. You’ll also want to make sure your Mac is compatible with macOS Monterey, which is basically any 2013 MacBook Pro, iMac, MacBook, or MacBook Air or newer from 2013 and newer.
If you haven’t already done so, you’ll want to make sure you update your apps and back up your Mac, which is part of the overall process of preparing for a major new system software update like Monterey.
How to install macOS Monterey on Mac upgrade
Here’s how to upgrade your Mac to macOS Monterey:
- Complete a full Mac backup with Time Machine or your backup approach of your choice – don’t skip this, backups ensure your data is protected in case something goes wrong
- Go to the Apple menu and select “System Preferences”
- Select the “Software Update” preference panel, then select “Upgrade Now” when macOS Monterey proves available (if for some reason it doesn’t appear available, you can download it from the App Store or download it here)
- Let macOS Monterey download, when you have finished downloading, the installer will start automatically
- Select “Macintosh HD” or the desired destination drive for macOS Monterey, then select “Continue” again
- MacOS Monterey will start the installation, the installation will take time on this progress screen – don’t interrupt this process
- The Mac will eventually run on a black screen with a white Apple logo and progress bar, again let this process be completed and may take some time
- When you’re done, the Mac will boot normally and return to your Mac desktop, where macOS Monterey is now running
Here, now use macOS Monterey!
And if you’re not quite ready for macOS Monterey yet, remember that you can proceed with installing updates for macOS Big Sur and Catalina without installing macOS Monterey, but they will from now on be limited mostly to security fixes.
Did you install macOS Monterey? How did it go? Let us know your experiences in the comments.
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