How to Get Your Mac Ready for MacOS Ventura

macOS Ventura

If you’re excited about installing macOS Ventura on your Mac, you’re certainly not alone. The official release date for macOS Ventura is Monday October 24th. So whether you jump straight into the software update as soon as it’s available or wait a bit is entirely up to you. Whichever you choose, you should probably take a moment to prepare your Mac for installing macOS Ventura 13.

Let’s take a look at some tips and considerations for installing macOS Ventura.

How to prepare for macOS Ventura

To cover some basics, here’s how to prepare your Mac for Ventura.

1: Check macOS Ventura compatibility

The first and obvious question is; does your Mac actually support running macOS Ventura?

The system requirements for macOS Ventura are more stringent than previous macOS versions, including Monterey. So if you’re wondering about Ventura’s system compatibility, you should first verify that you can run the operating system.

  • iMac (2017 and newer)
  • MacBook Pro (2017 and later)
  • MacBook Air (2018 and later)
  • MacBook (2017 and later)
  • Mac Pro (2019 and later)
  • iMac Pro
  • Mac mini (2018 and later)

As you can see, basically every Mac from 2017 supports macOS Ventura.

You must also ensure that the Mac has at least 20 GB of free disk space so that you have enough capacity to install macOS Ventura on the computer. It doesn’t necessarily need that much disk space, but it needs to be able to download the installer, install the new software, and reboot, which requires available disk space.

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2: Update Mac apps

Updating Mac apps regularly is generally a good habit to keep up with bug fixes and new features, but it’s especially important when installing major system software updates for compatibility reasons.

Typically, most major software developers have their apps ready and tested to work with the latest macOS versions, so go ahead and update your Mac apps.

Installing updates from the Mac App Store is really easy. Open the App Store, then go to the Updates tab to find available app updates.

How to update apps in the Mac App Store

If you’ve downloaded apps from outside the App Store, like Chrome, VirtualBox, Microsoft Office, or similar, you often have to manually update those apps through the app itself or through the developer’s website.

3: Back up the Mac

You should back up your Mac and everything on it before installing a system software update, but this is especially true for any major system software upgrade like Ventura.

Time Machine for backup

This not only allows you to preserve your data, but also allows you to downgrade and restore and downgrade if you change your mind and want to run the latest macOS version.

Backing up Mac with Time Machine is easy and the recommended route for most users. You need an external hard drive with at least twice the capacity of your internal hard drive to get the best Time Machine performance.

4: Consider waiting for macOS Ventura 13.1

A common strategy for installing system software is to delay the initial release and wait for the first major bugfix update, which is usually released as .1, so in the case of Ventura it would be macOS Ventura 13.1.

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Yes, that means you’ll likely be waiting another month or two at least, but it may also allow for some additional bugs and bugs to be ironed out before jumping into the new system software pool.

Some users even wait until later versions, so maybe wait for macOS 13.2, 13.3, 13.4, 13.5 or skip Ventura altogether, that’s up to you.

5: Ready? Install macOS Ventura

So you’ve checked system compatibility, updated your apps, backed up your Mac, and made the decision to proceed with installing macOS Ventura.

MacOS Ventura can be installed via  Apple menu > System Preferences > Software Update.

Do you have a specific approach to installing new major system software releases like macOS Monterey? Do you install Monterey now or wait a little longer? Let us know your own experiences and thoughts in the comments.

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