How to prepare your Mac for the macOS High Sierra public beta

How to prepare your Mac for the macOS High Sierra public beta

The public beta for macOS High Sierra is coming soon. Here’s how to make sure your Mac is ready for it.

As soon as the macOS High Sierra beta goes public, it is open to anyone willing to take a risk on dealing with the unfinished product. Before you get started, you should make sure your Mac is ready for the download and installation process.

If you’re wondering what macOS High Sierra is all about, check out our FAQ

Apple occasionally offers updates to iOS, watchOS, tvOS, and macOS as closed developer previews or public betas for iPhone, iPad, Apple TV and Mac (sadly, no public beta for the Apple Watch). While the betas contain new features, they also contain pre-release bugs that can prevent the normal use of your iPhone, iPad, Apple Watch, Apple TV, or Mac, and are not intended for everyday use on a primary device. That’s why we strongly recommend staying away from developer previews unless you need them for software development, and using the public betas with caution. If you depend on your devices, wait for the final release.

What to know before you start: Is my Mac eligible for macOS High Sierra?

The macOS Sierra beta will run on the following devices:

  • iMac (Late 2009 & later)
  • MacBook Air (2010 or newer)
  • MacBook (Late 2009 or newer)
  • Mac mini (2010 or newer)
  • MacBook Pro (2010 or newer)
  • Mac Pro (2010 or newer)

Step 1: Clean up your Mac

Make sure your Mac isn’t overstuffed with unnecessary extra files. Thanks to Optimized storage in macOS Sierra, you can quickly clean up your Mac with just a few steps.

If you’re still on OS X El Capitan or earlier, you can optimize your storage, too. It just takes a few more…

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