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The MacOS Monterey public beta is here. Here's how to download it

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You can run MacOS Monterey on Apple's new, colorful iMacs.

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The latest version of Apple's Mac operating system, MacOS Monterey, is available for download -- at least an early version of it. Apple gave us a look at its new software (also known as MacOS 12) and its new features at its Worldwide Developers Conference in June. These include AirPlay and Universal Control, which will allow you to use a single mouse and keyboard to move between your Mac and iPad for a seamless experience. The OS also adds in several of the new features found in iOS 15, like spatial audio in FaceTime and Apple's Focus feature.

Last month, MacOS Monterey became available as a public beta for those who want to test out the new software before its final release in the fall (likely September, alongside the iPhone 13). Just make sure your device is compatible first.

Here's how to download the MacOS Monterey public beta. Note that you should never download a beta version on your primary device, as they're often buggy -- we recommend only doing so if you have a separate tester device available. 

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How do I download and install the MacOS Monterey public beta?

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With MacOS Monterey's Universal Control feature, you'll be able to work seamlessly between different screens.

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Here's how to get the MacOS Monterey public beta up and running on your machine. 

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1Back up your Mac, just to be safe. You don't want to risk losing everything when you upgrade. 

2. On your Mac, go to

3. Sign in with your Apple ID and select MacOS from the list of programs.

4. In the Getting Started section, click Enroll your Mac

5. On the next page, click on the blue button labeled Download the MacOS Public Beta Access Utility.

6. Open the downloaded file and follow the prompts.

7. After the utility is installed, check for a software update using the update tool in System Preferences and then follow the prompts to download and install it. 

Once you restart your computer, you'll be running on the MacOS Monterey public beta. 

You can also download the public beta versions of iOS 15 and iPadOS 15.

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