A Checklist That Mac Users Must Follow Before Upgrading

Running your Mac on the latest version is a good idea as you can expect some new features and improvements with every new Apple release. However, there is much difference between updates and upgrades because the latter involves bigger changes. Essentially, upgrading involves a complete replacement of macOS with a different version. So you need to know it well enough and be committed to the decision of trying it before you install it on your Mac. Moreover, you should also understand the risks involved and precautions required to ensure a trouble-free upgrade. Here is a checklist that can help you do it smoothly and effortlessly.

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Ensure that you have a current backup

First things first, your Mac should have a current backup if you plan to do something as major as an upgrade to the latest version. Although things are most likely to go well, it always makes sense to be stress-free. Backup is something you should do regularly as well because backups secure your data even in case of a mishap. You can use Apple’s Time Machine to take a complete backup for the system before moving ahead with the next steps of upgrading.

Verify software readiness

Every Mac user needs certain software applications on their system for performing their mission-critical tasks. Before you upgrade, make sure that all these applications you use are ready for the version you plan to upgrade to. You would not want to get into trouble because of the compatibility issues, which could lead to something as worse as downtime. While some applications you use may already be compatible with the version, others may require an upgrade. So it is better to know these facts first.

Know the new version well enough

It always makes sense to know the new version inside out before taking the plunge. Start by checking the compatibility of your device because it would decide whether the machine would support the upgrade in the first place. Also, read about the features and improvements it offers. It would be a smart idea to go through a review to understand the first-hand experience of users who have actually tried the new version. Insights from real users can be of great help in deciding whether the upgrade would work for you.

Understand the possibility of a downgrade

While upgrading may bring a lot more for users, it may not work for everyone. It could be complicated or you may just be comfortable with the older one. You may want to downgrade to the previous version of the new one that does not fit your needs. Even before you go ahead with the upgrade, understanding the possibility of reverting would be a wise move. It shouldn’t be too complicated so that you need not worry about getting professional help to revert.

While upgrading to the latest version of Mac sounds exciting, it can be overwhelming when you dive. It is best to be aware and ready for the implications and complications, and this checklist can surely help.

Justin Germino
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