MacOS Catalina: How To Download And Install
MacOS Catalina, same as previous versions of macOS, is a free update and it brings a number of cool new features. The process of installing the update is pretty straight forward. However, as with any major OS update, there are certain risks and ways to mitigate them.
So, read on for the Plat4om guide on how to download and install macOS Catalina. We will take you through each step to make the process as smooth as possible.
1. Make sure your device is compatible
The first important thing to do before you download and install macOS Catalina is to ensure that the Mac or MacBook you’re installing it on is able to run the software. The good news is that if you have macOS 10.14 Mojave installed on your Mac or MacBook, then you’ll be able to run macOS 10.15 Catalina.
Take a look at all the macOS Catalina-compatible devices:
- 12-inch MacBook (2015 and later)
- MacBook Air (2012 and later)
- MacBook Pro (2012 and later)
- Mac mini (2012 and later)
- iMac (2012 and later)
- iMac Pro (2017)
- Mac Pro (2013 and later)
2. Back up your Mac
Before you upgrade to macOS Catalina, you need to back up your device. It’s what we recommend whenever you make the move to a fresh-off-the-shelf new operating system.
Back up the files on your Mac. That way, if anything goes wrong, you can quickly restore your machine to its previous working order. So before you download and install macOS Catalina, make sure your Mac is backed up.
3. Download macOS Catalina from the App Store
After backing up your device, you can simply download and install macOS Catalina from the App Store on your Mac. Open up the App Store in your current version of macOS, then search for macOS Catalina. Click the button to install. When a window appears, click “Continue” to begin the process.
You can also visit the macOS Catalina website. It features a download link for installing the software onto compatible devices. This will download macOS Catalina into your Applications folder. Once completed, the installer will open, and you can follow the onscreen instructions to install macOS Catalina on your Mac.
Finally, you might be asked to sign in with an administrator name and password during the process, so make sure you have those ready.