How to Download and Install macOS 12 Monterey Beta on Your Mac


macOS 12 Monterey, predecessor of Big Sur, was introduced by Apple at WWDC 2021 conference. A few of major enhancements are added to the new version, including Safari, Shortcuts app, Low Power Mode and Universal Control.

For app developers and crazy fans, it is time to upgrade your Mac to macOS 12 Monterey. Unfortunately, the public release of macOS Monterey is not available until this fall. This means you have to do some extra effort to download and try macOS 12 Monterey beta.

A List of Mac Devices Supported by macOS Monterey

Not all Macs are eligible for macOS 12 upgrade even the ones that are running macOS Big Sur currently. The upgrade process will fail for sure if the Mac was not supported by macOS Monterey official. Here is a list of official supported Mac devices:

  • MacBook Pro (2015 and later)
  • MacBook (2016 and later)
  • MacBook Air (2015 and later)
  • iMac (2015 and later)
  • Mac Mini (2014 and later)
  • Mac Pro (2013 and later)

You can check your Mac model name from About This Mac by clicking the Apple logo at upper right corner.

About This Mac

 

[Updated] Easy Method to Download macOS 12 Monterey Beta

Recently, we found out a new app called MDS that is capable of downloading macOS 12 Beta without the need to be enrolled in Apple Beta Software program. The steps are much less and more straightforward. So we update this post and move this method in front of the common one, where you can see from various websites.

Please download MDS app from Twocanoes software. Unpack the MDS dmg file and drag the application icon into Application folder. After that, open this app from Launchpad.

Now, take a look at the sidebar from MDS app and click Download macOS menu. After that, select DeveloperSeed beside Catalog tab. Wait a minute and all macOS releases including Beta will be shown on the screen.

MDS macOS Downloader

 

Scoll down the window and choose macOS 12 Beta from the list. Finally, click Download button and choose a location to save the file. Afert that, the download process will start and you have to wait for the task to be done.

This approach is much easier than the one we are going to share in below section. However, if MDS could not help, then please try the following method instead, which is 100% working.

How to Download macOS Monterey Public Beta

Step 1: Backup Your Mac

Beta software is unstable and may have potential bugs and errors. And there is no reason to risk your data during the upgrade process. So it is very important to take a full backup of important data on your Mac. You can complete this task with Mac data backup software (stock Time Machine for example) or copy the data to external device manually.

 

Step 2: Enroll Apple Beta Software Program

To get public beta of macOS software, you have to enroll the Mac into Apple Beta Software Program first, which will push beta release to your Mac when a new version is available.

Apple Beta Software Program

 

Please go to Apple Beta Software Program page (https://beta.apple.com/sp/betaprogram/) and sign in with Apple ID. You will be redirected to a guide page afterward. Now, click Enroll Your Devices tab on top menu.

Apple Beta Software Program

 

Step 3: Install macOS Beta Access App

From the Enroll page, scroll down the content and download the macOS Public Beta Access Utility.

Download macOS Beta

 

Double click the dmg file and follow the instructions to install this utility on your Mac. Once the installation process is completed, Software Update app will be loaded automatically. After that, it will find and list the latest macOS update.

macOS Software Updates

 

Step 4: Download and macOS Monterey

If your Mac is on official support list of macOS 12, then you will see the macOS Monterey upgrade option. Please click Upgrade Now button to start downloading macOS Monterey from Apple Server.

Download macOS 12 Beta

 

Step 4: Upgrade Your Mac to macOS Monterey

Once the download process is finished, you will find a Install macOS Monterey Beta app in Application folder. Please click the app name to start installing macOS 12 on your Mac. This will take some time. Please be patient.

Install macOS 12 Beta

 

Summary

There will be issues and bugs in macOS Beta based on the past experience. It is great to test new things out but it is not a good idea to use macOS Monterey on a Mac with a lot of important staff. We already received a bunch of complaints, reporting some of the apps are not working on macOS 12 Beta, such as NordVPN, Steam.