Installing macOS Monterey Beta: That’s How It Works!

Curious about the innovations of macOS Monterey? As of today, you can already install the new macOS software! Apple has released the public beta of macOS Monterey. We explain how to install the macOS Monterey beta in this article.

Install beta macOS Monterey

Anyone with a Mac who can handle macOS Monterey can install the beta for free. There is a safe and easy way to do this. In this tutorial, you can read how to do that step by step.

Conveniently, you can run macOS Monterey alongside your current operating system. You do this by dividing your hard drive into multiple drives. This allows you to run macOS Monterey on a separate volume, which prevents the beta from damaging your files. Make sure you have more than 40 GB of storage space available.

1. Divide the drive

Open Disk Utility, a utility that comes standard on your Mac. Select ‘Partition’. Click on ‘Add volume’ and name the volume ‘Monterey’. Click ‘Add>Done’.

2. To the website

Go to it Apple Beta Software Program. Register via ‘Sign up’. Sign in with your Apple ID and verify your account. On the page that appears, scroll down and choose ‘enroll your Mac’.

3. Installer

Click the blue button with ‘Download the macOS Public Beta Access Utility’. In Finder, open the downloaded installer and go through the steps to install macOS Monterey.

4. Download macOS Monterey

After installation, you will be asked if you are sure you want to download the macOS Monterey beta. Click ‘Download’ and wait a few minutes for the update to install.

5. Other Disk

When the download is complete, click ‘Continue’ to configure the installation. Now comes an important step: indicate that you want to install the beta on another disk, by clicking on ‘Show all disks’.

6. Install macOS Monterey

Choose the ‘Monterey’ disk, click ‘Continue’ and the macOS Monterey beta will be installed. When the installation is complete, click “Restart” to restart your Mac. Your Mac boots up with the latest startup disk; time to get to know the new features of macOS Monterey!

Back to macOS Big Sur

Do you want to continue with your other operating system? On a Mac with Intel processor, hold down the Option key during startup or reboot. Then choose the desired drive (probably Macintosh HD) and press Enter. Got a new Mac with M1 chp? At startup, press and hold the power button until the startup options load.

If you want your Mac to always start up with the Big Sur, hold down the Ctrl key when selecting this drive. It can also be done via System Preferences. There, choose ‘Startup Disk’ and select the system with which you want to start your Mac.

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