Users of Macs know that Apple provides new updates to the OS and other applications on the device. It’s important to accept all the needed updates and install them properly because it helps to keep the device’s performance on the highest level, fix the bugs from previous versions, and even protect the Mac from viruses.
Of course, every time when you get a notification about upcoming updates, it’s important to download and then install them in the shortest time. In our guide, we’re going to provide useful tips on getting the Mac prepared for new updates.
Preparing for New Updates
You need to understand that when you know the algorithm of updating the computer properly and when you just prepare the computer for these updates are two different processes. If you’re going to update the OS, you need to prepare your device properly to ensure you’ve organized all the files, make all the needed system settings correctly, and also make backups of the current operating system.
Checking the System Requirements
In the beginning, you have to understand the current parameters of the Mac. Choose the icon with the apple in the top-left corner of your device, and choose “About This Mac” in the menu.
You’ll see the following information about the computer: the year of production, the operating system version, memory, its processor, and the graphic card information. We recommend checking out all these parameters because some updates have particular requirements for the computer and its hardware. For example, if you are going to update your current OS to macOS11 Big Sur, you will need at least 4GB RAM on your device, around 15GB of free space on the disk, and the current version of your system should not be earlier than macOS 10.10.
Make Backups Effectively
To make backups more quickly and effectively, Apple has invented the feature Time Machine. This feature helps to keep the saved image of the computer. To backup the Mac means to make a compressed variant of the current OS. Any backup is like a save point you may reboot from, so that’s why it’s important to make backups of the computer often. If something happens during installing a new system or you just decide to come back to the older version for some reason, saved backups are quite helpful.
It’s simple to make backups with a Time Machine:
- We recommend storing all the backups on your external drive, so first of all, connect this drive to the computer.
- Choose Systems Preferences and find Time Machine there.
- Choose the option “Select Disk”.
- Choose the drive connected to the device where you are going to save your backups.
- When a popup window appears, choose “Use Disk”.
Check Out You Have Enough Space
As Apple recommends, you need about 4GB of memory and around 15GB of free space on the drive to make updates of the device successfully. Of course, you also need to get a fast Internet connection to make downloads of the needed updates without problems.
Use these steps to check out if the computer can be updated properly:
- Choose the icon with the apple in the top-left corner.
- Choose “About This Mac” and check out the Mac’s memory.
- Select the “Storage” tab.
- Under the lettering “Macintosh HD”, check you have the minimum 12.5GB of free space on the hard drive.
Clean Your Device
When you’re just preparing the device for future updates, it’s a great chance to remove unused programs and keep all the files organized. Keep in mind that when you boot the computer from a saved backup, it’ll load all those files and apps you had there before you made any updates. So, take your time to clean the device: remove unused and old applications, unnecessary documents, and all those files you don’t use anymore. It’s possible to choose manual removal or use special programs to clean the computer successfully and fast.
Update the Device
When you’ve created backups and cleaned old files from the computer, it’s time to update! Please choose the icon with the apple in the top-left corner, and then select “Software Update”. So, now the computer will inform you about any available updates.
Why I Cannot Update the Mac?
If something is wrong, you may have some troubles with the Mac’s hardware. Check again if you have enough space and memory on this device. Another problem is when the Mac is too old. Of course, it may happen because the connection is not stable, so the current update download was just interrupted. Feel free to view more details about why you can’t do it to solve the issues and update the computer successfully to the needed version.