MacOS Monterey: An easy way to download Apple's latest Mac update
We'll show you how to get all the new features in MacOS Monterey whether you have a MacBook Pro, a MacBook Air or another Apple computer.
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MacOS Monterey arrived last year alongside upgrades to Apple's MacBook line, but if you haven't updated your own Mac computer yet, don't worry. Installing the latest version of Apple's Mac operating system is a fairly simple process that takes just a few steps. While you're sprucing up your devices for the new year, you may want to consider updating your iPhone or iPad to iOS 15.3, the most recent version of Apple's mobile operating system, too.
2. Back up your Mac, just to be safe. You don't want to risk losing everything when you upgrade.
3. On your Mac, go to System Preferences > Software Update and find MacOS Big Monterey. Click Upgrade Now. The download will start immediately, but may take while.
Once you download and install the update and restart your computer, you'll be running on MacOS Monterey.
How to download and install future MacOS public betas
You no longer need to follow these steps to run MacOS Monterey. But if you like having hands-on previews, here's how to get future MacOS public beta versions on your machine. Note: 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.