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The next version of the Mac operating system, macOS 12 Monterey, will be officially released this fall. But you can install and run Monterey now by joining Apple’s Public Beta program. Interested? Here’s what you need to know about the macOS Monterey Public Beta.
What is the macOS Monterey public beta?
The current version of the Mac operating system is macOS 11 Big Sur. The next version is macOS 12 Monterey. Apple is making a public beta of Big Sur available for users to try, test their favorite software, and report bugs to the company.
Since this is beta software, there is a good chance that it could cause problems on your Mac. You may experience frequent freezes and crashes, or your apps may not work. Don’t rely on it being stable enough to be used all the time. However, the public beta is more functional than a developer beta.
Should you install the public beta of macOS Monterey?
You should not install the beta on a production Mac or any other Mac that you depend on that you cannot afford to have out of service. If you’re worried that a beta flaw is preventing you from using your Mac, don’t install it. Install it on a Mac that you consider to be a secondary computer.
If you decide to give the beta a try, you can provide Apple with valuable feedback and take a look at new features.
What should you do before installing it?
Back up your Mac. You can use Time Machine or any backup setup you already have. You need a backup that you can revert to in case you need to stop using the beta and restore your system.
Before you can install the new operating system, you must be enrolled in the Public Beta program:
Note : for the installation you must do it with the device on which you want to run the beta version but the registration can be done on any device. For this registration, you will be asked to sign in with your Apple ID, agree to the Terms of Service, and then download a beta profile.
This will prevent you from using a Time Machine backup to restore your system to the operating system before Big Sur was installed. Apple also has instructions on how to restore your system if you want to reformat your Mac and start over.
What happens after the release of the final version?
You can continue to use the public beta after the release of the final version. You will get beta versions of Monterey updates when they become available. If you want to get rid of the beta and install the final version of Monterey, you can download the macOS Monterey installer from the App Store when it becomes available in the fall after uninstalling the beta profile.