Apple has opened the public beta testing program for macOS High Sierra 10.13, the next major version of the Mac operating system.
MacOS High Sierra Public Beta 1 is now available to download and install for any user who is interested in beta testing the system software. However, be forewarned that beta system software is notoriously less stable and unreliable compared to final versions, and is thus not suited for primary hardware or critical workstations for the vast majority of Mac users. Beta software is most appropriate for advanced users, enthusiasts, developers, designers, and early adopters.
How to Download & Install macOS High Sierra 10.13 Public Beta
You need a Mac compatible with macOS High Sierra (installing High Sierra onto a separate partition, hard drive, or entirely different computer is wise), and you’ll want to be sure to back up your Mac with Time Machine or otherwise before beginning.
- Back up your Mac – do not skip backing up your computer
- Go to beta.apple.com and login with your Apple ID to and choose to enroll in the MacOS Public Beta testing program
- Download the macOS Public Beta Access Utility tool from the beta.apple.com enroll page to install the beta profile onto the Mac, this allows you to get beta software updates on that computer
- Go to the Mac App Store (found in the /Applications/ folder or the Apple menu) and download the macOS High Sierra Public Beta
- When macOS High Sierra installer is finished downloading
- Run the “Install macOS High Sierra” installer found in the /Applications folder when finished downloading to install macOS 10.13 public beta directly from the installer
- OR: before installing, create a macOS High Sierra USB installer drive that is bootable
If you intend to run macOS High Sierra on a separate partition from your primary OS, create the new partition ahead of time before launching the High Sierra installer. Always back up before partitioning or updating or installing any system software, beta or otherwise.
Future updates to macOS High Sierra Public Beta will arrive through the Mac App Store “Updates” section, just like any other system software update would.
If you later decide you do not want the beta and no longer want to receive further beta software updates, you can unenroll from beta system software updates from the Mac App Store.
MacOS High Sierra is due to be released to the general public in the fall, and most Mac users should wait until the final version is available to use the operating system.
Separately, iPhone and iPad users can download and install iOS 11 Public Beta as well if interested.
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