Apple has been giving public betas for macOS for a few years. So, a way for those interested in testing out the upcoming software on their Macs and providing feedback.
For that, you need to sign up, enroll your Mac, download your macOS Big Sur Beta [version 11.0] and install it.
It is not a complicated process but we are here to walk you through it and if you want it, a place to get extra support.
Table of contents
- What is macOS Big Sur public beta?
- Should you install the macOS Big Sur public beta?
- What should you do before installing it?
- How to make a backup in your Mac
- For mac OS public beta how do you register your account
- How to enroll your Mac in the macOS public beta
- How to install the macOS public beta
- How to uninstall the macOS Big Sur beta
- Update to a new version of the macOS public beta
- Macs compatible with macOS Big Sur
What is macOS Big Sur public beta?
The present version of the Mac operating system is macOS 10.15 Catalina. The next version is macOS 11, Big Sur. Apple creates a public beta version of Big Sur available for the public to try out, test against their favorite software, and report bugs to the company.
Though it is beta software, it could make problems on your Mac. You may face frequent freezes and crashes, or apps may not work.
Don’t make a count on it being stable enough to use all the time.
Should you install the macOS Big Sur public beta?
Don’t install the beta on a production Mac or any other Mac you based on and need to keep running. If it worries you that a beta flaw will prevent you from using your Mac, then don’t install it. Install it on a Mac that you feel as a secondary computer.
If you tried the beta, you can give Apple with valuable feedback and get a look at the latest features.
What should you do before installing it?
Do a backup. You can make use of Time Machine or whatever backup setup you already have. If You need a backup, you can revert it to in case you need to stop using the beta and want to restore your system.
How to make a backup in your Mac
Before admitting the public beta, make a backup of your Mac. That’s why if you are not happy or something goes wrong and want to revert to macOS Catalina you can go right back to where you started.
Even though you did a backup every night, you must make sure double, triple times they cover you. So, now make a manual backup.
Here we will know how to di it with Time Machine. Even if you use something additional or different like super-duper be sure you manually start a backup now.
- Tap on the Time Machine icon in your menu bar.
- Press on backup now.
- Wait until the backup finish before proceeding
Tip: if you are not averse to the terminal if needed to jumpstart reversion, you can also make a bootable macOS Mojave installer.
For mac OS public Beta how do you register your account
In the past, if you joined for public beta for macOS then you need to register again for macOS Big Sur. Just sign in with the same Apple ID. If you are new and never joined a public beta before, you need to begin by signing up with your Apple ID.
- On your Mac in safari go to beta.apple.com
- Tap on sign up to get started [if you registered or signed up for a previous public beta, tap on sign in and skip to “how to enroll your Mac” at below]
- Give your Apple ID email address and password.
- Press Sign In.
- Once you sign up and signed in, it is the time to download.
How to enroll your Mac in the macOS public beta
I do macOS Big Sur public beta downloading through system preferences in the software updates.
- If you are not there already, go to beta. apple.com
- If you not highlighted already tap on the macOS tab
- Press the download macOS public beta access utility button.
- From your downloads window Open the file
- To run the installer, double-click the package.
- Once the installer finishes downloading, system preferences will automatically open to the software updates section.
- Tap Update to download and install the public beta software.
- Once it has downloaded the software, your Mac will automatically restart.
- If the new public beta does not display on the updates list, restart your Mac.
- Then go to system preferences and click the software updates pane.
- Depending on the size, the public beta update can take a long time to finish downloading
- You can see or check the status in the software updates, preference pans of system preferences.
How to install the macOS public beta
When it downloaded macOS public beta installer will automatically open. If you prefer to do it later or if it doesn’t via spotlight or launchpad, or from the application folder in the finder open an install macOS public beta.
- If it not launched previously then launch install macOS public beta app.
- Tap continues at the bottom
- If asked to make a backup, and you didn’t do before, tap continue in the drop-down. If you did a backup, click cancel.
- Press continue at the bottom once your backup finishes. Or if you skipped it.
- Tap on Agree to accept the licensing terms
- Press Agree again to confirm.
- Tap on the drive you want to install onto
- Press install.
- Give your administrator password and press ok.
- Tap restart [if your Mac does not restart automatically or you don’t want to wait]
If your Mac reboots, it will run the macOS public beta. There is a brief bit of setup you need to go through, however, as the system has changed enough it needs your login to complete the update.
You will be ready to rock macOS Big Sur once that’s done.
How to uninstall the macOS Big Sur beta
If you use the Beta and later decided that you don’t want to use it anymore and want to go back to macOS Catalina, Apple provides instructions on how to enroll from the public beta.
You need to use a Time Machine backup to restore your system back to the OS before we installed Big Sur. If you want to reformat your Mac and begin over from scratch for that Apple had instructions on how to restore your system.
Update to a new version of the macOS public beta
From macOS Mojave, the downloading software updates have changed. Through the Mac App store no longer updating your Mac done.
- From your application folder or Dock Go to system preferences
- Tap on software updates.
- If there is an update available for your Mac then Press update.
- If you want your Mac to download and install software updates, then Tap the checkbox next to keep my mac up to date
Macs compatible with macOS Big Sur
iMac Pro [2017 or later], iMac [2014 or later], Mac pro [2013 or later], Mac mini [2014 or later], MacBook Pro [2013 or later], MacBook Air [2013 or later], MacBook [2015 or later].