Apple will release the major update to the existing operating systems of iOS, macOS and watchOS. The stable macOS version 10.13 is High Sierra and the next version 10.14 will be Mojave. There are many exiting features available in macOS Mojave. Currently it is available for public as a beta version. You can install the beta version and try out the new features before the official release. Apple will release the official macOS Mojave version in fall 2018. We have explained how to install iOS 12 beta version in our earlier article. And in this article let us explore how to install macOS Mojave beta version in your MacBook or MacBook Pro.
Precaution Before Installing Beta Version
The beta version will behave unstable, so ensure to follow the below guidelines:
- Try out only on backup MacBook and don’t try to install on your working Mac which you need on daily basis.
- Some apps will not stop working and some apps may work unexpected manner.
- Update your Mac to the latest stable version by going to App Store.
- Backup the entire content using the current stable version of macOS.
- You need the backup to restore the stable version in case of problems.
All the latest MacBook and MacBook Pro will support the new macOS Mojave version.
Supported Mac Models for macOS Mojave
The new macOS Mojave is supported in the below MacBook, Mac Pro and iMac versions.
- MacBook – Early 2015 or newer
- Mac mini – Late 2012 or newer
- MacBook Air – Mid 2012 or newer
- MacBook Pro – Mid 2012 or newer
- iMac – Late 2012 or newer
- iMac Pro – 2017
- Mac Pro – Late 2013, plus mid 2010 and mid 2012
You can click on the Apple icon and go to ‘About This Mac > Overview’ section to verify your Mac model.
How to Install macOS Mojave Beta Version?
Follow the below steps to install macOS Mojave beta version:
- Signup for Apple beta software program
- Enroll your Mac
- Download and install the beta version
- Updating macOS Mojave
Signup for Apple Beta Software Program
In order to use beta version of macOS, the first step you need is to register for Apple beta software Program. Go to Apple beta site and click on the signup link.
Use your Apple ID and sign in for the program. If you use two-factor authentication then allow the access and enter the passcode.
Download Enroll Utility
On the beta access page, go to ‘Guides’ section and click on ‘macOS’ tab. Scroll down to the ‘Getting Started’ section and click on the ‘enroll your Mac’ link.
On the next page, you will see the step-by-step instructions to install beta version.
- Backup your Mac
- Download enroll utility
- Go to App Store to download and install the beta version
- Getting macOS software update
As explained above, ensure to backup your content using the current stable macOS version. This is a very easy process; just insert an external drive with sufficient space. Mac will ask to use the drive for Time Machine backup. Follow the instructions and backup your entire content.
After backing up click on the ‘Download the macOS Public Beta Access Utility’ button. This will download an installer disk image file (DMG) to your ‘Downloads’ folder.
Enroll Device Using Beta Access Utility
Double click on the beta access utility installer package. Follow the instructions to enroll your Mac.
Download macOS Mojave Beta
After enrolling your device, go back to the beta program page. Click on the “View the macOS public beta in the Mac App Store” link available under section 3. The link will redirect you to the App Store showing the macOS Mojave beta app. Click ‘Download’ button to start the download.
Installing macOS Mojave
The app is around 5.6 GB size, so it will take long time depending on your internet speed. Wait for the completion of the download and then install the beta version. Again this will take around 40 minutes time for installing the new OS.
After finishing installation, you will see the Mac is now running with macOS Mojave beta version. Click on the ‘Apple Icon’ and choose ‘About This Mac’ option to check the current OS version of your Mac.
macOS Mojave Software Update
Now that you are running a beta application, we highly recommend keeping the auto update enabled. This will help to install further beta versions and then the final public version. Go to ‘Apple Icon > System Preferences… > Software Update’. Mac will check for the latest software update and ensure to enable the option ‘Automatically keep my Mac up to date’.
Unenroll Your Device
On the software update section, you will see a message like ‘This Mac is enrolled in the Apple Beta Software Program’. Click on the ‘Details’ link under that and confirm enenrolling device by clicking on ‘Restore Defaults’ button.
Now you have removed your Mac from Apple Beta Software Program. You can either wait for the next commercial update to move onto stable version or restore to previous version from your backup. You can also go to unenroll page and click on the Leave Apple Beta Software Program. Confirm the prompt to completely opt out your Apple ID from the beta program.
Key Features of macOS Mojave
The new macOS Mojave has plenty of features which we believe most of us will love.
- Show favicons in Safari.
- Stack files and folders on desktop.
- Show recently used apps in dock.
- Dark or light mode.
- Dynamic desktop shows the background based on time of day.
- Finder has many features like gallery view, file preview will show complete metadata and allow to markup or edit.
- Newly designed App Store.
- New screenshot app.
- Four iOS apps – News, Stocks, Home and Voice Memos are debuted in macOS platform.
- Continuity Camera allows to insert photos from iPhone to Mac documents.
- FaceTime supports up to 32 people.
Problems with Beta Version
Though getting the features before public release will be exciting, you need to ready for the unstable apps. You will see multiple problems that many apps will stop working or crashing. You will see a message like below showing that the app is not optimized for the new macOS.
Some apps will also frequently crash affecting your work. If you can’t live without those apps then avoid installing beta macOS versions. You can wait till the time of formal commercial macOS Mojave release.
You can use the feedback assistant app comes with the beta version to report all the problems you face with the beta version. This will help Apple to resolve those problems before the public release.