Learn How to Install macOS Big Sur Public Beta

I’m sure you must have heard about macOS Big Sur beta version. Don’t worry if you have not, this article is going to tell you everything you need to know about macOS Big Sur beta. Well, your macOS is finally jumping to a new update and that is macOS 11. Just like the new features of iOS 14 left you delighted, this beta version will be beyond your expectations. Everything is faster, cleaner, and better this time. If you are impatient or we can say a bit more curious about this version you can install the macOS Big Sur public beta version for now.

The most important thing you need to know before installing this beta version is you have to be patient enough to let this version go through several changes till its final release. Also, it’s highly recommended not to install the beta version if you regularly get deadlines from your boss as there can be many apps that won’t work or you might lose your data (scary enough!).

Still, if you want to try out the new features, here is how you can do so.

Install macOS Big Sur Public Beta on Main Partition

  1. Firstly, you have to open Apple’s beta software portal
  2. Now, signup with your Apple ID to get access. Also, if you have previously installed a public beta, just click on “Enroll your Device” at the top-right corner.
  3. At the center of the next page, click “macOS”
  4. Scroll down this page and when you find “Download the macOS Public Beta Access Utility”, click on it.

Note: If your mac is not enrolled in the Beta Program, you need to click on it to download a .DMG file.

  • It is highly recommended to backup if you are installing it on one of the important devices. You will receive a warning at the time of booting the installer.       
  • Now go to “Software Update” from System Preferences App and install the beta version. If it’s not available at the moment, you will receive a notification for its availability.
  • Sit back and wait for the installation to complete. Remember, before you hit on the install button, you will get the option to install it on a separate portion. You can follow the instructions to do so.

Install macOS Big Sur Beta on a Separate Partition

  1. Head to spotlight search bar and type Open Disk Utility. Along the left side of your window, your hard drive’s partition will be listed under “Internal”.
  2. When you click on your main partition, it will be revealed that your machine is an “APFS Volume”, if it’s with macOS High Sierra or newer. At the top-left corner of the Disk Utility window, you will see a button right above the word “Volume”, click on that button to create a new volume.
  3. Now, you can name the Volume as per your choice and hit the “Add” button.
  4. You do not need to worry about the space set aside in the new volume as the storage formatted to APFS is shared across volumes.
  5. Now, you can install the beta to another volume instead of your main drive.
  6. Also, you have the option to switch between the volumes. You can do so at the time of restarting your machine. Just hold down the option key during startup.

So, now you know the complete process you can check out how macOS 11 is going to work. But don’t forget the risk you might face after installation.

Jasmeen Kaur

A Content Writer, who never stops preaching and practicing every day in order to add interest and value to the readers' lives.

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