How to install MacOS Catalina Public Beta

Apple has unveiled a public beta program for its next generation operating system and here’s how you can get it on your Mac.

It was expected that the public beta program for Mac and iOS devices would be available in July for Apple’s next iteration, but it turned out that the program went live about 2 full weeks ago. If you are interested in testing the latest version of MacOS, you can do so easily. However, there are many things you need to know before you go ahead and install a beta operating system on your machine. In this story, we will guide you on how to install MacOS Catalina on your Mac, including everything to remember before doing it. So let’s get started.

Disclaimer: As a general rule, we strongly recommend that you refrain from installing any type of beta, universal or otherwise on any device that is your daily driver.

I can install MacOS Catalina On on any machine

If you don’t have a supported machine, there’s no point in wasting time trying to get into the MacOS Catalina public beta. Here is a list of all Apple computers compatible with the public beta program

  • MacBook 2015 and beyond
  • MacBook Air 2012 or later
  • MacBook Pro 2012 or later
  • Mac Mini 2012 or later
  • iMac 2012 or later
  • iMac Pro 2017 or later
  • Mac Pro 2013 or later

It’s great to see Apple supporting the 7-year-old Mac with the new operating system. Of course, they may not perform as well as some new machines, but this is something we will only know when the final version of the OS is launched. If you have any of the above machines, you can get your dirty mites in the new (and of course buggy) MacOS Catalina public beta.

To prepare your system for public beta and learn more

Before you actually install the new operating system, we strongly recommend creating a time machine backup of your system so that you can restore your machine to a stable state. In addition, we strongly recommend that you install MacOS Catalina on a secondary partition so that the stability of your machine is not compromised. It must be assumed that you are installing MacOS Catalina Public Beta on your primary machine despite knowing better.

Installing MacOS Catalina

Once your system is backed up and ready, you can follow the steps below to update to MacOS Catalina Public Beta

  • Check out Apple’s public beta website.
  • Log in using your Apple ID.
  • Click Register your device and select MacOS. Read the instructions on this page to make sure you don’t miss anything
  • Once you are registered, the utility software update will open and ask you to download the public beta.
  • Click Download to start the public beta download
  • Once the beta is downloaded, follow the on-screen prompts to install MacOS Catalina on your machine.

What happens next?

Once MacOS Catalina is installed on your machine, you may notice some irregularities in the functionality and stability of the applications. It can be expected. Also, when Apple releases them, you’ll be asked to update the OS in a public beta program. This means that you will still be part of the public beta program after the final build of the MacOS Catalina ship. If you want to go for a stable, commercial release of the OS, you can do so by registering the name of your device. Once the name is registered, you will get the commercial version of the OS when Apple releases an update.

How to get back to the old MacOS

If you are dissatisfied with the way your Mac MacOS Catalina is performing in the public beta operating system, you can restore it from Time Machine Backup to a stable version. However, it is a little more complicated. To get back to MacOS Mojave (or any older MacOS) you first need to completely wipe your primary drive, boot into recovery, and then restore the time machine you created from the backup. We really hope you make this backup otherwise you can’t roll back leaving your data intact.

As always, beta software is always buggy in one way or another, and again, we can’t stress enough the importance of creating a time machine backup before embarking on this new adventure.

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