Apple officially unveiled its latest version of MacOS, called Mojave, at WWDC earlier this year. After several months of beta testing by developers and the public this summer, MacOS Mojave is now finally available to everyone as a free download starting today, bringing new features such as a dark mode, an improved workflow for markups, a Continuity camera, new apps, enhanced privacy while surfing in Safari, and more.
Before you begin, you should make sure your Mac is compatible with Mojave. MacOS Mojave will be available this fall as a free software update for Macs introduced in mid-2012 or later, plus 2010 and 2012 Mac Pro models with recommended Metal-capable graphics cards,” Apple stated.
Here’s a complete list of supported Mac models that can be upgraded to MacOS Mojave:
- Mid-2012 or newer MacBook Pro
- Mid-2012 or newer MacBook Air
- 2015 or newer MacBook
- Late 2012 or newer iMac
- All iMac Pro models
- Late 2013 or newer Mac Pro, and mid-2010 and mid-2012 models with Metal GPU.
- Late 2012 or newer Mac Mini
Before we go any further, make sure you backup your files. For anything important that absolutely cannot be replaced, be sure you send it off to the cloud – Dropbox, iCloud, and OneDrive are great for this – or create a hard copy on a flash drive or external hard drive. Every major release brings with it the risk of bugs that don’t show up until its widely installed, so backing up is a vital first step.
Download and install
Once the important data on your compatible Mac is backed up, you can proceed to the Mac App Store to begin downloading and installing Mojave. The process may take a while, depending on your internet speeds, and your system will need to restart to complete the installation process — be sure to save files you may be working on to avoid losing any changes.
Step 1: Launch the Mac App Store. You can open the Mac App Store by clicking on the Apple icon in the upper left corner of your screen and then selecting App Store. Alternatively, you can also click on the Mac App Store icon on your Mac’s dock or navigating to your Applications folder.
Step 2: Search for MacOS Mojave in the Mac App Store. You can do this by typing in “MacOS Mojave” in the search bar in the App Store.
Step 3: Download Mojave by clicking on the download button. The software will download to your Applications folder. While Mojave is downloading, be sure to check out some of the new features that you’ll soon be able to experience by checking out our initial impressions of the OS.
Step 4: The installer will automatically launch once the download is complete. Click “continue,” accept the terms and conditions, and follow the on-screen wizard to install and update your Mac to MacOS Mojave.
Step 5: After the installer is finished, it’ll prompt you to restart your computer. Once it powers back on, you’ve officially entered the sand dunes of MacOS Mojave.