Installing MacOS Monterey in public beta
macOS Monterey is available in public beta! It’s a relatively minor upgrade for the Mac that still brings some great new features. We will explain how to install it and in particular how to install it without risking your data.
How do I install macOS Monterey?
For iOS 12 and iPadOS 12, you must first go to the Apple website to register in the public beta program. Log in to your Apple account, which has the same account as your Mac, and then click “Register your Mac for public beta.”
The first and most important tip is to back up your data. Fortunately, Apple makes it easy to back up your Mac with Time Machine. So there is no excuse not to create Time Machine backup before installing a new version of macOS. If you really don’t know how to do it, Numbering is a good tutorial to guide you.
You can then download the license user that needs to be installed. Once this installation is complete, updating macOS will be very classic. Open them System settings (you can find it by clicking the Apple logo in the menu) and then go to Software update.
How to create a separate partition?
If you don’t want to take risks with your Mac, the best option is to create a separate partition. The user of the disk must be used, handling is very simple. Navigate to main memory and then click + Volume. PBe sure to name the points correctly so you don’t make mistakes.
Because APFS storage is divided into volumes, you don’t have to worry about how much space you reserve for a new volume when you create it. In any case, we recommend at least 30 GB.
Now that you have another drive (or partition), you can install the beta on it instead of the primary drive. To switch between volumes or partitions, restart the machine and hold down the Option key during startup.
Which Macs are compatible with macOS Monterey?
We’ve published a list of Monterey-compatible Macs. Here they are in detail:
- Late 2015 iMac and later;
- IMac Pro 2017 and later;
- Early 2015 MacBook Air and later;
- Early 2015 MacBook Pro and later;
- Late 2013 Mac Pro and later;
- Late 2014 Mac mini and later versions;
- 2016 MacBook and later.
What’s new in macOS Monterey?
In the program: Unified control of your MacBook, iMac and iPad tablet with one keyboard and one mouse, but also a few new keyboard shortcuts and a revised version of Safari. Note that some new features require Mac M1.
One of the most significant new features in MacOS Monterey is Universal Control, an advanced form of Apple’s continuity feature that allows you to use the keyboard and mouse seamlessly on all Macs and iPads. This was already possible with third-party applications such as Across, but it was quite difficult to configure.
So you can use your iPad as a Mac screen as before. Now you can also switch from the macOS interface to iPadOS with the Pad or mouse by simply moving the cursor.
Overall, macOS Monterey is not too different from Big Sur. There are a few other notable new features, such as the Safari update, including thinner tabs and the ability to group multiple tabs. Apple plans to make automation a little more user-friendly in macOS Monterey with a shortcut app that will replace Automator. The operating system provides a few keyboard shortcuts, but you can also configure yours and import Automator functions.
On MacOS Monterey, FaceTime starts to look a lot more like Zoom. Now you can start a FaceTime call without calling anyone. When you’re online, you can either invite your friends or create a link so anyone can join you, even if they’re on an Android device.
You also have new Focus modes, a great way to reduce notification distractions. You can also customize your debugging options to allow messages from specific users. We’ve just talked about using it in an article.
There is much more new. As a reminder, Monterey will arrive in the final version this fall. The public beta is stable according to our first tests, we recommend that you make any suggested updates as soon as they are.