Apple has unveiled officially the next version of macOS, dubbed the Big Sur, one of the most important updates to date. The most noteworthy changes found in the notifications, new themes, a Safari experience much more quickly and an update complete Message. Do you find exciting? We passed the same. That’s why, we tell you how to download macOS Big Sur.
The public version of Big Sur will not be available until later in 2020, but as usual, Apple provides a beta version for developers, which permit application developers to work with the compatibility. If you still feel curious and you are willing to assume the emotions of a beta version, you can get a preview of Big Sur right now and we’ll show you exactly how to do it.
Note: do Not install this beta version of the developer if you’re not willing to take risks. Given its potential instability, this version is more suitable for a Mac that do not use as main (a MacBook replacement, for example). If you want to try out Big Sur on a Mac you use daily, we recommend that you wait until the public beta.
Step 1: check if your Mac is compatible
This should be your first priority. As with all the updates for macOS, some of the Mac will be left behind with the new software and we suspect that you won’t want to go through the process of acquiring the beta version of the developer if your Mac is not even supported.
These are the cut points for Macs so that you can know if your current machine can run Big Sur or not:
- MacBook (12-inch): from the models of 2015.
- MacBook Air: from models 2013.
- MacBook Pro: from the models of the end of 2013.
- Mac mini: from the models of 2014.
- iMac: from models 2014.
- iMac Pro: All models.
- Mac Pro: from models 2013.
If you’re ready for the adventure, continue with the next step. If it is not, as it is time to buy a new Mac.
Step 2: make Sure you take part of the Developers Program of Apple
The beta program is strictly intended for developers of applications, so that not just anyone can download it and use it. To apply for the preview, must be part of the Developers Program of Apple. If you are already what you are, it moves on to the next step.
If you are not registered as a developer you can’t continue without this step. The process starts by going to the website of Apple developers and selecting the blue button for recording, at the top. You’ll need to sign up as an individual and provide your ID, name and email address from Apple.
Select to Start the registration, log in and confirm the two-factor authentication.
Subsequently, you agree to the terms and conditions of Apple and configures the information for the payment; Apple requires an annual fee of $100 dollars to stay in the Developers Program and you will have to pay in advance for access.
When your developer account is configured, you’re ready to start.
Step 3: protect your data
By nature, beta versions are unstable and beta versions of the developers are even more so. There is the possibility of fatal errors that corrupt your data and need to be prepared in case that happens.
We recommend to make a backup of all your data using an external hard drive and Time Machine. You can find Time Machine in system Preferences on your Mac; just make sure it is enabled, Select the disk for the backup and choose the external hard disk as the destination of the backup.
There is another option if you don’t have an external drive and still want to try the beta version: you Can partition the disk from the Mac and to isolate a space to experiment with Big Sur. This is a little more complicated and you will need enough local storage to manage two operating systems. If you’re interested, we have a guide where you can get more information.
Step 4: Sign up and download the beta version
Now you are ready for the beta, start by visiting the Apple site for the beta version of the developer and select the blue button Download on the top right corner.
Then, log in to your Apple developer account; once you open the page of the developer, scroll until you see the option to Install profile. Click this button to download the macOS Big Sur Developer Beta access Utility.
Step 5: install Big Sur
Go to the Finder or Dock > recent Downloads to locate the Utility file access which should be labeled macOSDeveloperBetaAccessUtility.pkg. Select to download Big Sur.
Once the downloader has finished, it should notify you automatically that there is an update available for the developer preview of Big Sur. If you do not see a notification, restart your Mac and check for updates again using software Update in system Preferences.
Now updates available to install the beta version of Big Sur. This process can take some time, but make sure to check it regularly to see if Apple needs to make a decision. If particionaste the unit, this is the time that you must be completely sure that you’re downloading the correct partition. Probably you will also need to accept some steps to join the beta program of Apple and the terms and conditions associated.
Finally, your Mac should start to reboot and install Big Sur full. When the entire process is complete, the Mac should boot in Big Sur, and enable you to use the new beta version of the developer; we remind you once again that it is possible that you encounter problems given that this is not a public release, so please be careful.
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