How to download and install macOS Monterey public beta on your Mac
Unlike the public beta of iOS 15 and iPadOS 15, the installation process of the macOS public beta is a bit more complicated, but it works the same way.
After installing the public beta profile, your Mac will switch to the public beta channel. You will get regular free wireless updates to the new version of the operating system. Once the stable version arrives, you can switch to it (this will be the best time to exit the public beta channel).
Let’s get started, let your Mac join Apple’s public beta program.
- Open Apple’s public beta website in your browser, click the “Sign in” button, and sign in with your Apple ID.
- In the top toolbar, go to the “Enroll Your Devices” section, and switch to the “macOS” tab.
- Scroll down, and from the “Enroll Your Mac” section, click the “Download the macOS Public Beta Access Utility” button.
- Once the file is downloaded (macOSPublicBetaAccessUtility.dmg), open it from your downloads location.
- Here, double-click the .pkg file to run the installer.
- You’ll see a warning if you don’t have a Time Machine backup. If you already have a backup, click “OK,” and then click “Continue.”
- Click “Agree” to accept Apple’s terms and conditions, then click “Install” to start the process. If prompted, enter your admin password (you can also use Touch ID to authenticate).
- Once the profile is installed, macOS will automatically launch the Software Update section in System Preferences, with the macOS Monterey public beta download ready to go. Click the “Download” button to get started.
- As it’s a large file (north of 11 GB), it’ll take a while to download. Once it’s downloaded, your Mac will reboot.
- After the reboot, the macOS Monterey installer will pop up automatically. If it doesn’t, you can find it in the Applications folder.
- Click “Continue” and follow the installer process. Agree to the terms and select the drive where you want to install the beta (this can be on your main drive, or a partition).
- Click “Install,” enter your password, click “OK,” and then click the “Restart” button.
After the Mac restarts, the macOS Monterey installation process will begin. Please wait for a while while installing the new operating system. After the installation is complete, your Mac will restart again, and eventually you will be running the public beta version of macOS Monterey.
How to leave the macOS Monterey public beta
The best time to jump out of the public beta channel is when Apple releases the stable version of macOS Monterey, returning to the stable channel is very simple.
After installing the stable version of macOS Monterey, go to “System Preferences”> “Software Update”. On the left sidebar, click the small “Details” button.
In the pop-up window, select the “Restore Default Settings” button and use your administrator password or Touch ID for authentication. After a few seconds, it will return to the stable channel.
What to expect from macOS Monterey
macOS Monterey integrates many new features of iOS 15 and iPadOS 15, in addition to some unique features that are only available for Mac.
The FaceTime application on Mac has been updated to support grid view, portrait mode and SharePlay sharing. Your screen, movies, TV shows, and music. The focus function (updated do not disturb mode) appears on your Mac and will automatically sync with your iPhone and iPad.
The real-time text function allows you to select text from any image, and the quick note function allows you to make contextual annotations from anywhere with just a pinch.
In addition, the Shortcuts application finally came to the Mac, with unique operations and backward compatibility with Automator and AppleScript.
But the obstacle of this program is the universal control, which allows you to use the Mac cursor to control the iPad screen. All you have to do is pull the cursor away from the edge of the Mac screen, and voila, it will appear on your iPad. Safari has also overhauled the interface (you can also try it on macOS Big Sur).
Which Macs are supported?
The macOS Monterey update leaves behind some older Macs because some 2013 and 2014 MacBooks are no longer supported. This is a complete list of Macs that will support macOS Monterey.
- iMac – Late 2015 and later
- iMac Pro – 2017 and later
- MacBook Air – Early 2015 and later
- MacBook Pro – Early 2015 and later
- Mac Pro – Late 2013 and later
- Mac mini – Late 2014 and later
- MacBook – Early 2016 and later