How to install the MacOS Big Sur Public Beta

How to install the MacOS Big Sur Public Beta

How to install the MacOS Big Sur Public Beta

AlbertflexAlbertflex in August 07, 2020

Apple's just launched the biggest update for its macOS, the macOS Big Sur and is due for official release few weeks from today alongside the iOS 14 and iPadOS 14. The MacOS Big Sur is a replacement for the Catalina OS and includes a massive visual overhaul and significant under-the-hood advancement as well as upgraded privacy tools designed to  sync with the company's new ARM-based computers.

There are major changes to the Safari browser, Messages, and Maps, with newly improved iPad-like Control Center and widgets feature. The new MacOS Big Sur will also add a customizable start page, more powerful tabs, new translation options, and a new Privacy Report. 

Apple's MacOS Big Sur is scheduled for official release in fall of this year, however, if you are really really anxious, you can have a feel of the MacOS Big Sur by using the public beta, which was launched earlier today. However, bear in mind that better versions of a software are intended to help developers work out any bugs before a its final release. That said, you might experience errors and unstable performance of the operating system.

Devices that are Compatible with macOS Big Sur

If your system is among the models listed below, you do not need to purchase a new ARM-based mac computer to have a taste of what the MacOS Big Sur offers. The following models are compatible with the new operating system:

  • MacBook from 2015 and later

  • MacBook Air from 2013 and later

  • MacBook Pro from late 2013

  • iMac from 2014 and later

  • iMac Pro from 2017 and later

  • Mac mini from 2014 and later

  • Mac Pro from 2013 and later

It is advisable however, that, before you embark on upgrading your OS, that you back up your files to an external storage. As explained earlier, beta versions of softwares are proned to have errors and could wreak havoc on your computer, so ensure you have a backup of your files.

How to install the MacOS Big Sur Beta 

  • Visit the Apple’s beta software portal
  • If this is your first time installing an Apple public beta, you’ll need to sign up for access on that page with your Apple ID. Otherwise, proceed to click “Enroll Your Devices” at the top-right corner of the webpage
  • Click “macOS,” the middle option at the center of the next page
  • Scroll down until you find a button that says “Download the macOS Public Beta Access Utility.” If you haven’t yet enrolled your Mac in the Beta Program, then click on it to download a .DMG file, which will enroll your computer. Otherwise, you can skip this step.
  • Upon booting the installer, you’ll be prompted if it doesn’t detect a Time Machine backup. It’s good advice to make a backup if you’re installing on a machine you rely heavily on.
  • Lastly, head to “Software Update” from the System Preferences app (if it doesn’t open automatically) to install the beta. It might not be available to you immediately. You’ll receive a notification once it is.
  • The 12.3GB file will take a while to download. Once it’s done hit the install button.

How to get and install the official macOS Big Sur

When the official version of the MacOS Big Sur is finally release, your Mac will notify you of an available OS update. All you need do is click Install Now on the notification and macOS will do the rest. If you wish to check for an update, click the Apple icon in the top-left corner of your desktop and select System Preferences > Software Update

Your Mac will check for an update. If an update is available, click Upgrade Now to go through the installation process. Your device may need to be restarted before Big Sur is officially installed.

 

Tags: Apple iOS 14 iPadOS 14 MacOS Big Sur

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8 Comments

AssalamiyyaumarAssalamiyyaumar in Aug 08, 2020 Reply

Nice Upon booting the installer, you’ll be prompted if it doesn’t detect a Time Machine backup. It’s good advice to make a backup if you’re installing on a machine you rely heavily on.

Danny4gDanny4g in Aug 08, 2020 Reply

This has been really helpful I have been having challenges Installing this.

Asomania25Asomania25 in Aug 08, 2020 Reply

Nice one. Thanks for the great tutorial by now I Know for sure that we will be able to get it and install it by ourselves.

Oluyemi863Oluyemi863 in Aug 10, 2020 Reply

As far as I know, if you follow the above listed steps accurately, u are sure to achieve the installation.

Kenneth500Kenneth500 in Aug 12, 2020 Reply

Nice Upon booting the installer, you’ll be prompted if it doesn’t detect a Time Machine backup. It’s good advice to make a backup if you’re installing on a machine you rely heavily on.

MdamMdam in Aug 13, 2020 Reply

Nice one. Thanks for the great tutorial by now I Know for sure that we will be able to get it and install it by ourselves thanks alot.

OlabamideleOlabamidele in Aug 13, 2020 Reply

This is a big one from Apple. Congratulations to all Mac mini and Mac Pro users, you don't have to purchase the ARM-based Mac computer.

Ann4allAnn4all in Aug 21, 2020 Reply

Upon booting the installer, you’ll be prompted if it doesn’t detect a Time Machine backup. It’s good advice to make a backup if you’re installing on a machine you rely heavily on.

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