How to Install the macOS Monterey Beta on Your Mac

macOS Monterey is the next major release to macOS. It comes with several new features and improvements, like Universal Control, redesigned Safari, SharePlay, and more. While the wide release of macOS Monterey isn’t expected until September or October, you can try out a beta version now.

Here’s how to install the macOS Monterey beta on your Mac, whether your an Apple developer or a member of the public beta program.

Installing macOS Monterey Beta on Your Mac: What to Know

Since you will be installing a beta build of an OS, expect to run into system stability and app compatibility issues.

Installing the macOS Monterey beta will not erase your Mac or touch the data stored on it. However, it is still recommended that you create a backup in case something goes wrong. You can use Time Machine to back up your Mac.

If you do come across bugs and issues, make sure to report them to Apple so that the developers can fix them in time for the public release.

Once you install the macOS Monterey beta on your Mac, it will automatically receive updates to future beta releases of the OS.

It’s possible that some of the key macOS Monterey features will be missing in the initial beta builds.

You can downgrade your Mac back to macOS Big Sur anytime you want, but doing so will completely erase your Mac. Any Time Machine backups created while your Mac was running macOS Monterey will not be compatible with macOS Big Sur.

Which Macs Are Compatible with macOS Monterey?

Apple has dropped support for some older Macs with the macOS Monterey update. The following Macs are compatible with 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 (early 2013 and later)
  • Mac mini (late 2014 and later)
  • MacBook (early 2016 and later)

Do note that despite macOS Monterey supporting Intel-based Macs, many of the new features, like Live Text, Portrait mode in FaceTime, and more, will only be available on M1 Macs.

Related: Incredible macOS Monterey Features We’re Excited About

How to Install macOS Monterey With an Apple Developer Account

If you’re a registered developer with Apple, all you need to do is download and install the macOS beta profile on your compatible Mac to install the macOS Monterey beta.

It costs $99/year to join Apple’s Developer program, which nets you early access to the beta among other perks. If that feels a little steep, you can join the public beta for free starting July.

Here’s how to install the macOS Monterey developer beta

  1. Head over to Apple’s developer beta download page. You’ll be prompted to log into your Apple developer account.
  2. Download the macOS Developer Beta Access Utility from the page by clicking on the Install Profile button.
  3. Once the file is downloaded, navigate to the Downloads folder in your Mac and open the macOS 12 Developer Beta Access Utility.
  4. Inside the utility, you’ll find the macOSDeveloperBetaAccessUtility.pkg installer. Double click on it to start the installation process. You have to agree to the installation terms and click on Next when prompted.
  5. After the installation is complete, head over to System Preferences > Software Update. The macOS Monterey beta update should show up on your Mac.
  6. Depending on how old or new your Mac is, the total download size could be as much as 10 to 12GB.
  7. After the download is complete, the macOS Monterey installer will automatically open up. Click on Continue to get started and then click Agree to accept the terms and conditions. Finally, click on Install to start the installation process. Follow the on-screen instructions after that.

Once your Mac restarts during the installation process, it will boot running macOS Monterey beta.

How to Join the macOS Public Beta Program

If you don’t have a registered Apple developer account, you can join the macOS Monterey public beta, which starts in July.

After enrolling in the public beta, which you can do for free at any time, your Mac will automatically receive the latest beta releases as standard software updates.

Here’s how to install the macOS public beta:

  1. Navigate to Apple’s public beta program page. Click on the Sign In button in the top-right corner and log in with your Apple account.
  2. If you’re not a member of the public beta program, click the Sign Up button and register for the program for free using your Apple ID. Make sure to use the same ID you’re using on your Mac.
  3. Enroll your Mac into the public beta program by downloading the macOS Public Beta Access Utility.
  4. After the file is downloaded, navigate to the Downloads folder on your Mac and open the beta utility you just downloaded.
  5. Inside the utility, you’ll find the macOSPublicBetaAccessUtility.pkg installer. Double-click on it to start the installation process. Agree to the installation terms and click on Next when prompted.
  6. After the installation is complete, head over to System Preferences > Software Update. The macOS Monterey public beta update should show up on your Mac.
  7. Depending on how old or new your Mac is, the total download size could be as much as 10 to 12GB.
  8. After the download is complete, the macOS Monterey installer will automatically open up. Click on Continue to get started and then accept the terms and conditions by clicking Agree. Click on Install to start the installation process and follow the instructions that appear on the screen after that.

In case the installer doesn’t open automatically, you can find it inside the Applications folder on your Mac.

Join the macOS Beta Program to Report Bugs

One of the benefits of joining the macOS beta program is that you can directly report bugs and other annoyances with macOS Monterey to Apple. This way, there’s a chance that any bug that really bothers you will be fixed by the time the final version of the OS is ready for release.

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Author: Rajesh Pandey

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