At this year’s WWDC 2017 conference, Apple announced macOS 10.13 High Sierra to the world. This latest version of the operating system that runs on Macs and MacBooks comes with a number of great new features.
The final release of macOS 10.13 High Sierra will be available Autumn 2017. However, if you can’t wait that long, there is now a way to get macOS 10.13 High Sierra early.
This does involve downloading and installing the early Public Beta version of macOS 10.13 High Sierra, which won’t include all of the features of the final release – but will possibly come with bugs and errors while the software is being finalized.
If you don’t want your Mac or Macbook crashing at random times while you’re working, we’d strongly recommend waiting until the final stable release of macOS 10.13 High Sierra later this year.
At this early stage you will need to enroll in the Apple Beta Software Program, which you can reach via this link. This will allow you to download and install the macOS 10.13 High Sierra Public Beta.
- Again, this link will lead you to the macOS High Sierra Public Beta
Back up your Mac before installing macOS 10.13 High Sierra Public Beta
Whenever you upgrade your operating system – and especially when you’re trying out a beta version – we highly recommend backing up the files on your Mac, so if anything goes wrong you can quickly restore your machine to its previous working order.
So before you download and install the macOS 10.13 High Sierra Public Beta, make sure your Mac is backed up. For information on how to do this, head over to our ultimate guide to backing up your Mac.
How to enroll in the Apple Beta Software Program
If you really want to try out the macOS 10.13 High Sierra Public Beta, and you’re not currently enrolled in Apple’s Beta Software Program, then go to the above bulleted link, which we'll put again right here.
You'll need an Apple ID, and to provide your basic personal information. Click the 'Sign Up' to begin and then follow the instructions.
Apple will request a special code from you that will appear on your primary Apple device, likely an iPhone, before beginning the process. Once entered, you'll have to sign a long usage agreement.
From there, you'll be granted access to the macOS High Sierra beta page in the Mac App Store from which you can download and install the public beta. At that point, it's very much like installing any other operating system update from the Mac App Store. Enjoy with caution!
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