How to upgrade to macOS Monterey

Learn how to download and install macOS Monterey, the latest version of the Mac operating system.

iMac and MacBook Air showing macOS Monterey desktop 

With macOS Monterey, you can connect, share, and create like never before. Say hello to exciting new FaceTime updates. Explore a redesigned and streamlined Safari. Discover and invent powerful new ways to work using Universal Control and Shortcuts. Stay in the moment with Focus. And so much more.

Check compatibility

macOS Monterey is compatible with the following computers. If your Mac isn't compatible, you might be able to install an old version of macOS instead.

MacBook Pro introduced in 2015 or later
MacBook Air introduced in 2015 or later
MacBook introduced in 2016 or later
Mac mini introduced in 2014 or later
iMac introduced in late 2015 or later
iMac Pro
Mac Studio
Mac Pro introduced in 2013 or later
View the complete list of compatible computers.

If upgrading from macOS Sierra or later, your Mac needs 26GB of available storage to upgrade. If upgrading from an earlier release, your Mac needs up to 44GB of available storage.


Make a backup

Before installing any upgrade, it’s a good idea to back up your Mac. Time Machine makes it simple, and other backup methods are also available.


Download macOS Monterey

If you're using macOS Mojave or later, you can get macOS Monterey via Software Update: Choose Apple menu  > System Preferences, then click Software Update.

Or use this link to open the macOS Monterey page on the App Store: Get macOS Monterey. Then click the Get button or iCloud download button.


Install macOS Monterey

After downloading, the installer opens automatically. Click Continue and follow the onscreen instructions.

Please allow installation to complete without putting your Mac to sleep or closing its lid. Your Mac might restart and show a progress bar or blank screen several times. It might be easier to begin in the evening so that installation can complete overnight.

macOS Monterey installer window  

Stay up to date

After installing macOS Monterey, you will be notified when updates to macOS Monterey are available. To check for updates, choose Apple menu  > System Preferences, then click Software Update.

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