Apple has released macOS High Sierra public beta, and now Mac users are making a beeline for this new version. It is obvious that the new public beta has come up with some new features you like to use. You can download this macOS High Sierra public beta provided you have a developer account.
However, if you have already registered for public beta program earlier, you can easily download macOS High Sierra public beta. This means you are not required to join public beta with your Apple ID. Before you go ahead, it is recommended that you take a backup of Mac using Time Machine. Moreover, you should not use your primary device to install this public beta; keep your primary device for final version.
macOS High Sierra Compatibility
- iMac: 2009 or later
- MacBook and MacBook Retina: 2009 or newer
- MacBook Pro: Mid 2010 or later
- MacBook Air: Late 2010 or later
- Mac Mini: Mid 2010 or later
- Mac Pro: Mid 2010 or later
How to Install macOS High Sierra on Mac/MacBook Pro/Air
- How to Register for macOS High Sierra Public Beta
- How to Enrol Mac in macOS High Sierra Public Beta
- How to Install macOS High Sierra Public Beta on Mac
Take Backup of Mac with Time Machine
Downloading and installing macOS High Sierra on your Mac is a major event, and hence, you need to take backup of Mac with Time Machine, lest you run into any problem.
Step #1: Plug an external hard drive or Time Capsule with a USB, FireWire, or Thunderbolt cable.
Step #2: Now click on Apple icon from the top left corner of Mac screen.
Step #3: Next, choose System Preferences from the drop-down list.
Step #4: Choose Time Machine from different options given in System Preference window.
Step #5: You need to turn on the Time Machine slider.
Step #6: Finally, click on Select Backup Disk and select the disk you want to use.
Time Machine will now format the hard disk for backup and initiate the process within two minutes.
How to Register for macOS High Sierra Public Beta
Step #1: On your Safari browser, type beta.apple.com.
Step #2: Scroll down and click on ‘Sign up’ button (if you have already registered your account for previous public beta, you need to click on ‘Sign in’ and go directly to ‘How to enrol your Mac’ below).
Step #3: Type in your Apple ID email and password; then click Sign in.
After signing up and signing in, you can initiate the download process.
How to Enrol Mac in macOS High Sierra Public Beta
You can download macOS High Sierra Public Beta from Mac App Store, but Apple generates a special code (like a promo or gift code). The code can be accessed from the website; for your convenience, it is also entered automatically when you click to start the process.
Step #1: Open beta.apple.com on your Safari browser.
Step #2: Next, click on macOS tab.
Step #3: Now click on Download macOS High Sierra public beta access utility button.
Step #4: You need to launch the file from Downloads folder.
Step #5: Double-click on the package to run installer.
After the installer is downloaded, Mac App Store automatically opens Updates section. Here, you are supposed to click Update to download and install the public beta program. Once the software is downloaded, your Mac restarts automatically.
If you fail to see the latest public beta on Updates list, you can restart your Mac. Next, launch the Mac App Store and click the Updates tab.
Keep your Mac connected with a power source as this update of public beta may take long time (depending on size). Meanwhile, keep your eyes on Updates tab in Mac App Store to check status.
How to Install macOS High Sierra Public Beta on Mac
When the download of macOS High Sierra installer is finished, it will open automatically on your Mac. Many users choose to open the installer later; they can always launch Install macOS High Sierra Public Beta in future through Spotlight or Launch pad or from the Application folder in Finder.
Step #1: Open Install macOS High Sierra Public Beta app.
Step #2: Next, click on Continue from the bottom.
Step #3: You may be asked to make a backup; if you didn’t take backup, click Continue in the drop-down list. If you have taken the backup, click on Cancel.
Step #4: Once backup is completed, click Continue from the bottom.
Step #5: Next, click Agree to accept licensing terms and conditions.
Step #6: Click Agree again to confirm your action.
Step #7: Click to select drive you want to install onto (normally, people don’t have multiple options).
Step #8: Now click on Install.
Step #9: Type in your admin password and then click OK.
Step #10: Click Restart; normally, Mac restarts automatically but some users are impatient.
When your Mac restarts, it will run macOS High Sierra. You need to go through a small setup process. Your Mac has undergone a lot of changes and therefore, you need your login credentials to finish the update.