As a Mac user, you should already know that the latest version of macOS – Mojave is available for download since September, this year. So, you can update your device anytime you want. Yet, before making the changes to your Mac, read our how-to guide to find out what you should do before installing Mojave on your computer (if you have to update to High Sierra or any other version of macOS, the instructions will be the same as listed below).
- Launch the App Store on your Mac (click on the blue icon containing a white A, or search by pressing space+command and typing App Store).
- Update your Mac to the latest version of your current macOS version (click on the App Store icon in the Dock and select Updates, or press the Apple logo at the top left of your screen and select Software Update).
- Check if your Mac is compatible with macOS Mojave (read the full Mac list here).
- Make sure you have enough space on your Mac (you need 20GB of free space on your Mac’s drive before installing macOS Mojave).
- Back up your Mac (keep all your files and docs safely stored before starting the installation).
- Make sure you are on a trusted network (for safety reasons, install new software at home, at work, or at your place of education, not on a public network place).
- Click on macOS Mojave (or the Mac OS X version you want) and press Download.
- Fill in your Apple ID if required.
- Once the Installer starts downloading, you can see how long it will take by looking at the bar under Downloading.
- After the installer file is downloaded, a window pops up on your Mac asking you to Continue (The Installer file can be found in Applications but it opens automatically).
- After the installer is downloaded, you can install the macOS software on your Mac.
- Keep in mind that the installation usually takes some time, so you’d better do anything that can’t wait before starting the process.
- Once you start the installation, you should follow the onscreen instructions to finish installing the software update.
- After finishing the installation process, your Mac will restart and you can start using it as normal.
Usually, the update to Mojave takes around half an hour, which depends on the specifications of your Mac. So, be patient and wait until the installation process is completed. If anything gets wrong, try contacting Apple support for further assistance.