This video shows how to upgrade to macOS Mojave for people who are using an older version of macOS. Nick helps you confirm that your computer is capable of running Mojave, and then goes through the installation process. Finally, see how to confirm that the upgrade has completed.
- [Instructor] In this movie, I want to talk about what it takes to upgrade to macOS Mojave from a previous version of macOS. Most users will either buy a brand new computer with macOS already installed, or they will be upgrading to Mojave from a previous version of macOS. Now, upgrading to Mojave will not erase your files or applications. It just upgrades the operating system itself. But before I do this it is important to make sure your files are backed up before running a major upgrade like this. It is rare, but there is a slim chance that something could happen that could affect your files.
Next, we need to make sure that your computer is able to run macOS Mojave. So you might want to take a look at this webpage, which will show a list of computers that are able to run Mojave. I can see that list here. Now this is a temporary support page that might not be accessible when you're watching this movie, but you can still see Apple's list of compatible computers here at least in this recording. If you're not sure which Mac you have, then you can go to your System menu, just click on the Apple logo on the top left corner, choose About This Mac, and here we can see which computer I have.
If the computer that you have appears on this list, then you are good to install the upgrade to macOS Mojave. Now I can also see here which version of macOS I'm currently running. I have High Sierra, 10.13. And of course, I want to upgrade to Mojave which is 10.14. Okay so my computer is compatible. In order to install the free upgrade to Mojave, we need to go into the App Store. Now of course we're gonna talk more about what the App Store does later in this course, but for now we can go to the System menu again and there is an option here to open up the App Store.
When you open the App Store, you may see macOS Mojave listed right here on this page. You might see a banner for it, it might be one of these recommended items, you might even see an item here on this list. Now I'm recording this right after the release of macOS Mojave, so they have not updated this list. When you look at this you'll probably see it there. Or you can just do a search. So you can search for Mojave here in this search field in the top left. I can see it's listed here. And however you get to it, this is what you'll see when you find macOS Mojave in the App Store.
Now before you install this, you should sign into your account in the App Store. So if you go to the Store menu, you can see that I am currently signed into my account. If I was not already signed in, there would be an option there to sign in to my account. But I'm signed in, my computer is compatible, I want to hit this Download button. This is going to take some time to download the upgrade to macOS Mojave, so I'm going to skip forward in time so we can see what it looks like after this finishes downloading. Once the installer for Mojave is downloaded to your system, you'll see a window like this, asking you to hit the Continue button to continue the installation.
If you do not see this, you can go to Launchpad, I'll click on Launchpad here on the dock, and you should see the installer there as well. So you could open it up from there. Now when you're ready, you should quit any other applications that are currently running, including the App Store. So I'm just going to click on the App Store window and quit that. And then I'm ready to hit the Continue button here. Then you'll need to agree to the licensing terms. Now it's a good idea to scroll through this and read what those licensing terms are, but when you're ready you can hit the Agree button to continue, and Agree here.
And it's going to confirm that it will install the upgrade on my main system drive, and that's fine. If you have multiple drives on your computer with bootable installs of macOS, then you should select the drive that you want to install the upgrade on. I only have one drive on my computer of course, so I just need to hit the Install button. Then it will require me to type in my administrator password for this computer, so I'll type that in, hit Return. And now it's starting the installation process, and this is another thing that will take quite a bit of time.
The time that we see on screen here is only the first part. In a few minutes the computer will restart, you'll see something on the screen saying the computer will automatically restart, and after restarting it will continue with the installation process. And this is another step that will take some time, so let's skip forward again. When the installation process is finally complete, just sign into your user account as normal. Then, you will see a few setup screens. Just go through these prompts and answer the questions. I'm going to stick with the Light mode.
The Dark mode is a new feature in Mojave, but we'll stick with the Light mode and hit Continue. It will do some standard setup under the hood, and now my computer has been upgraded to macOS Mojave. We can confirm that by going to the System menu, so I'll click on the Apple logo, to About This Mac. And we can see that I am now on version 10.14, which is macOS Mojave. So now I'm all done with the upgrade. I now have Mojave on this computer.
- Setting up an Apple ID or iCloud account
- Browsing folders with Finder
- Creating, copying, moving, and renaming files and folders
- Launching and quitting applications
- Organizing a cluttered workspace
- Browsing the web with Safari
- Working with Mail, Contacts, and Calendar
- Communicating with instant messages and FaceTime calls
- Using iTunes, QuickTime, Photos, Maps, and other bundled apps
- Installing applications from the App Store
- Using essential voice commands for Siri