How to Install and Rollback macOS Ventura


Installing beta versions of operating systems is always a lottery. It is not clear what glitches and problems the user may encounter. More often than not, some owners of Apple smartphones and computers outweigh the risk of getting problems with the main device, and they start using beta versions of the software. iOS 16 , iPadOS 16 , watchOS 9 , and macOS Ventura were unveiled at WWDC 2022 . How to install iOS 16 and watchOS 9 , we considered in separate materials.

iPadOS 16 is installed and rolled back to iPadOS 15 in exactly the same way as iOS. But what if you don’t have Apple mobile devices , but have a computer or laptop on which you want to try a new operating system. Let’s see how you can install macOS Ventura on your Mac and roll back in case of any problems.

macOS Ventura – download

All M1 Macbooks will receive an update to macOS Ventura.

If you’ve decided to give macOS Ventura a try , the first thing to do is make sure your computer supports it. You can install a new operating system on the following devices:

  • iMac 2017 and newer.
  • Mac Studio 2022.
  • Mac Pro 2019 and newer.
  • iMac Pro 2017 and newer.
  • Mac mini 2018 and newer.
  • MacBook Air 2018 and newer.
  • MacBook 2017 and newer.
  • MacBook Pro 2017 and newer.

Did you find your computer on the list? Excellent. Now you need to choose which version of the operating system you will install. There are two options for beta versions:

  • For developers.
  • Public.

The developer version appears earlier than the public version and contains the most bugs. The public one comes out after some time, and the main errors in it have already been fixed. This is what we recommend to install.

In general, you shouldn’t install beta software on your primary devices. If you still decide to do this, then be sure to back up your devices and files so as not to lose important data.

To download macOS Ventura on your computer, you need to do the following:

Authorization from an Apple device occurs using Touch ID. You don’t even need to enter a password.

    • In the upper right corner of the screen, click the “Login” button and log in with your Apple ID .

In addition to macOS, you can try other Apple operating systems.

    • After signing in, open the macOS Ventura section.

Without installing this utility, the update cannot be installed.

  • Scroll down to the “Registering Your Mac” section and click on the “Download macOS Public Beta Access Utility” button.
  • Once downloaded, install the downloaded file and restart your computer.
  • Click on the Apple logo in the upper left corner and open the “Software Update” section.
  • Click on “Update Now” and the operating system will download and install automatically.

After all these steps, you will be able to enjoy all the features of macOS Ventura on your Mac. If you still don’t know what the new Apple OS offers , then we advise you to read our article, in which we have collected all its innovations.

How to rollback from macOS Ventura

Let’s hope you don’t need a rollback instruction.

Unfortunately, beta versions of operating systems are often very unstable. If after installation you realize that the performance of the new version is worse than macOS Monterey, then you can roll back to it. Apple Watch users may envy, because downgrading the operating system of the watch is still impossible. There are two options for returning to a previous version of the system:

  • Using a macOS Monterey backup.
  • Without using a macOS Monterey backup.

When restoring the operating system using a backup copy, all data from the computer will be deleted and replaced with the files contained in the saved copy. If you have made any changes to them, and they are important to you, then first of all copy these documents to another medium. To restore a macOS Monterey backup you will need:

    • Connect the external drive on which the backup is stored to the Mac.
    • Turn off computer.
    • Press the power button and do not release until the recovery menu for computers on the M1 processor appears.
    • For computers on an Intel processor, after pressing the power button, you must hold down the cmd + R combination.

It is for such situations that it is necessary to create backup copies.

  • As soon as the recovery menu appears on the screen, select “Restore from Time Machine” and specify the desired backup.

After these steps, your Mac will automatically uninstall the macOS Ventura beta , install macOS Monterey , and restore all your files. Don’t forget to transfer documents that you saved separately.

But not all users back up their Macs . In such a situation, you will have to roll back the system with a complete loss of data. To prevent anything from happening to your important documents, save them to a separate drive. To return macOS Monterey without a backup, you must:

    • Turn off your computer.
    • Press the power button and do not release until the recovery menu for computers on the M1 processor appears.
    • For computers on an Intel processor, after pressing the power button, you must hold down the cmd + R combination.

Without a backup, you can lose all your important files.

  • When the recovery menu appears on the screen, select Reinstall macOS Monterey and follow the instructions on the screen.

After these steps, you will receive a computer on a completely clean OS. Like straight from the store. All that remains is to transfer files from an external drive to it and install the necessary programs.

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