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Prepare for macOS Monterey, the Easy Way

Preparing for macOS MontereyPreparing for macOS Monterey

Are you excited to install macOS Monterey on your Mac? The release date for MacOS Monterey is Monday, October 25, and whether you’re thinking of installing it right away, or after some time passes, you might want to take a few measures ahead of time to get your Mac ready for the new system software release.


We’ll run through some procedures and considerations before installing macOS Monterey (version 12) on a Mac.

How to Get Ready for MacOS Monterey in 5 Easy Steps

Getting ready to install macOS Monterey 12 is pretty easy. Let’s go through some basics to make sure you’re good to go.

1: Check macOS Monterey System Compatibility

Does your Mac support macOS Monterey? That’s the first question you’ll need to answer.

The list of MacOS Monterey compatible Macs is a bit more strict than Big Sur, so you’ll want to be sure your Mac is covered before even thinking of installing the update. The following machines will support macOS Monterey:

  • MacBook Air (2015 and later)
  • MacBook Pro (2015 and later)
  • MacBook (2016 and later)
  • iMac (2015 and later)
  • iMac Pro (2017 and later)
  • Mac Pro (late 2013 and later)
  • Mac mini (late 2015 and later)

For the most part, any Mac from 2015 and later supports the release, along with some earlier Mac Pro models.

Aside from those core recommendations, you’ll want to be sure you have 20GB or greater of storage available to be able to complete the update.


If you aren’t sure what Mac you have, go to the  Apple menu and choose “About This Mac”:

Find out What Mac do I have?Find out What Mac do I have?

It’s possible that features like Universal Control will have limitations on compatibility, but since it’s not available yet it’s unclear what exactly those will be when finalized. It would be reasonable to expect Universal Control to only work on sharing the keyboard and mouse with other Macs running macOS Monterey, for example.

2: Update Your Apps

Updating your apps for compatibility is important, not only before updating to macOS Monterey, but also in the weeks and months after.

Updating apps from the Mac App Store is easy. Just open the App Store application, and go to the “Updates” tab to find and install available updates.

How to update apps on Mac App StoreHow to update apps on Mac App Store

For apps downloaded from outside the App Store, you’ll want to update those manually through the app directly, or through the developers website.

Apps like Chrome for example update automatically, but you can stir an update manually by going to the apps menu and choosing “About Chrome”. Many other apps behave in the same way.

3: Backup the Mac Completely

Arguably the most important thing you can do before installing macOS Monterey is giving yourself a complete backup of the Mac and all files on the computer. Having a backup ensures that you’ll be able to recover your data in the event something goes wrong during the system software update. Backups also allow you to revert and downgrade system software if you choose to later.

By far the simplest approach to backing up a Mac is by using Time Machine.

If you’re unfamiliar with the process you can refer to this guide, you will need a large external hard drive to complete a Time Machine backup.

Time Machine for backupsTime Machine for backups

4: Consider waiting a day or two? Or for macOS Monterey 12.1, or macOS 12.2, etc?

Some Mac users intentionally delay updating system software, whether by a few days, weeks, or even until later point release updates. This is a reasonable strategy for cautious users, and for anyone who is currently satisfied with their present macOS experience.

Much of the thinking behind waiting a bit is for any initial kinks and issues to be sorted out with the software update. This is not common, but it does happen sometimes.

As for waiting for a point release update, like macOS Monterey 12.1, 12.2, 12.3, etc, the logic behind this is typically that the point release updates will typically include bug fixes, more apps may be fully compatible with Monterey by then.

Also if your primary reason to get macOS Monterey is for a feature like Universal Control, well, it’s not coming on the initial release, so perhaps waiting for macOS Monterey 12.1 or 12.2 or whenever Universal Control is included, is a reasonable approach for you.

There is no harm in waiting to install a major system software update, particularly if your current Mac setup is working fine, and you’re installing available security updates as they become available.

5: All Set? Install MacOS Monterey

If you know your Mac is compatible, you’ve updated your apps, and you’ve backed up your Mac, then you’re ready to install macOS Monterey, whenever you want.

MacOS Monterey is available to download now, so get started if you’re up for it, or wait if you’d like too.

Install macOS MontereyInstall macOS Monterey

If you’re interested in a walkthrough for installing MacOS Monterey, go here.

Have at it, and let us know how it goes!

Do you have any particular approach to installing new major system software releases, like macOS Monterey? Are you installing Monterey right away, or or waiting a bit? Let us know your own experiences and thoughts in the comments.

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