Sometime in the fall of 2021, Apple will release the macOS Monterey update – and that’s a big one. Shortcuts automation is finally coming to the Mac, Universal Control allows you to share a cursor with your iPad, not to mention the new FaceTime media sharing capabilities.
If you’re the adventurous type, you can skip the wait and install the public beta right now to get all of these features months in advance. We have to warn you though, as this is a beta so it won’t be a smooth ride and you should expect bugs and some incompatibility bugs. However, if you’re fine with that, take a Time Machine backup first (or create a separate partition for the beta) and read on to install the macOS Monterey Public Beta on your Mac.
Here’s how to download and install the macOS Monterey Public Beta on your Mac
not as Public betas for iOS 15 and iPadOS 15, macOS Public Beta installation is a bit more complex, but works the same way.
After installing the public beta profile, your Mac will switch to the public beta channel. You will receive regular, free over-the-air updates for the new version of the operating system. Once the stable version arrives, you can switch to it (this would be the best time to leave the public beta channel).
Let’s start by registering your Mac with Apple’s public beta program.
- to open Apple’s public beta website In your browser, click on “log in“And sign in with your Apple ID.
- Go to the “Register your devices“Section and switch to the”Mac OS”Tab.
- Scroll down and click “Register your Mac” sectionDownload the macOS Public Beta Access Utility“Button.
- Once the file has been downloaded (macOSPublicBetaAccessUtility.dmg), open it from your download location.
- Here, double-click the.pkg File to run the installer.
- If you don’t have a Time Machine backup, you’ll see a warning. If you already have a backup, click on “OK“And then click on”Continue. “
- Click “Agree“To accept Apple’s terms and conditions, and then click”To install“To start the process. If prompted, enter your administrator password (you can also authenticate using Touch ID).
- Once the profile is installed, macOS automatically launches the Software Update section in System Preferences, and the macOS Monterey public beta download is ready to use. Press the “Download“To get started.
- Since this is a large file (north of 11GB), it will take a while to download. Once it’s downloaded, your Mac will restart.
- After the restart, the macOS Monterey installer will automatically appear. If it doesn’t, you can find it in the Applications folder.
- Click “Continue“And follow the installation process. Agree to the terms and select the drive you want to install the beta on (this can be on your main drive or a partition).
- Click “To install,“Enter your password, click on”OK“And then click on”Start anew“Button.
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After your Mac restarts, the macOS Monterey installation process begins. When you install a new operating system, you can expect it to take a while. Once the installation is complete, your Mac will restart and finally run the macOS Monterey Public Beta.
How to exit the macOS Montereyrey Public Beta
The best time to get out of the public beta channel would be when Apple releases the stable version of macOS Monterey, and switching back to the stable channel is pretty easy.
After installing the stable version of macOS Monterey, go to System settings > Software update. In the left sidebar click on the small “details“Button.
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In the pop-up, select the option “restore default settings“And authenticate yourself with your admin password or your Touch ID. In a few seconds you will return to the stable channel.
What to expect from macOS Monterey
macOS Monterey integrates many of the new features of iOS 15 and iPadOS 15Also, it has some unique features for Mac only.
The FaceTime app on Mac will be updated to support Grid View, Portrait Mode, and SharePlay for sharing your screen, movies, TV shows, and music. The Focus feature (the updated Do Not Disturb mode) comes to the Mac and is automatically synced with your iPhone and iPad.
The live text feature lets you select text from any image, and the quick note feature lets you quickly take a contextual note from anywhere.
Plus, the Shortcuts app is finally coming to the Mac, with unique actions and backward compatibility for Automator and AppleScript.
But the Showstopper is Universal Control, which allows you to use your Mac’s cursor to control the iPad’s screen. All you have to do is drag your cursor off the edge of the Mac screen and voilà, it will appear on your iPad. Safari is also getting a major interface makeover (which you can try macOS Big Sur Sur as well).
Which Macs are supported?
The macOS Monterey update leaves some older Macs behind as some MacBooks from 2013 and 2014 are no longer supported. Here is a full list of Macs that support macOS Monterey.
- IMac – late 2015 and later
- IMac Pro – 2017 and higher
- “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