How To Prepare Your Mac For macOS Sierra Upgrade

Ali Salman
Posted Sep 19, 2016
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Apple will launch macOS Sierra to the public on 20th September. If you’re looking to update your Mac to the upcoming latest version, there are a couple of things that you need to do. These prerequisites will ensure a clean, smooth upgrade on your Mac. We have compiled a list of operations that will enable you to avoid any difficulties and errors that might halt the update.

Prepare Your Mac For macOS Sierra Upgrade

To avoid any kind of hiccups and frustration of errors, we will let you know how you can prepare your Mac for installing macOS Sierra. Follow the instructions listed below.

Check Your Mac’s Compatibility

Apple tends to keep support for a lot of devices when releasing a new firmware. Same is the case with macOS Sierra. To upgrade your Mac to macOS Sierra, make sure it is compatible. Below are some of the Mac models listed on Apple’s website that will run macOS Sierra:

  • 2010 and higher Mac Pro
  • 2010 and higher Mac Mini
  • 2010 and higher MacBook Pro
  • 2010 and higher MacBook Air
  • Late 2009 and higher iMac
  • Late 2009 and higher MacBook

Any older Macs other than those listed above will not be allowed to upgrade to macOS Sierra.

Perform A Complete System Back Up

Before you upgrade to the latest firmware, it’s always a good idea to back up your data. Even though Apple’s software updates on Mac are seamless for users, there’s no way an individual should proceed without a proper back up. You can back up your Mac through Time Machine which will ensure that your files are available if in any case you have to restore your Mac from scratch.┬áIf you don’t want to back up your files via the Time Machine, do make use of any external media storage device.

Check Your Mac’s Battery Status

Before you press the install button and go ahead with your macOS Sierra installation, make sure that your Mac has sufficient battery life. It is advised to keep a full battery in case any error slows down the download process. Moreover, keeping a charger with you at all times is an even better decision. You definitely do not want your Mac to lose power at the wrong time.

Remember Your Apple ID And Password

Before you go ahead and proceed to the download, the update will ask you to put in your Apple ID credentials. This is necessary because once your device is updated, they will be used to update your iCloud settings. If you do not note down your Apple ID and password, you will delay the overall updating process.

Free Storage Space On Your Mac

Even though updating to macOS Sierra does not require an enormous amount of space. We would recommend you to keep at least 10GB of free space for a smooth and seamless download. We would recommend you to back up your important files on an external drive, if all of your data is important enough to delete. Once the upgrade process is complete, you can copy it back to your Mac. This will generate enough space for the update process.

Connect To A Secure And Reliable Network

If you’re updating your Mac to macOS Sierra through a Wi-Fi network, do make sure that it’s reliable. You probably won’t have any issues while downloading if everything is set at home. However, if you’re upgrading through a public network, beware of the slow download speeds, personal security as well as data caps. It’s always a good decision to update through a secure connection so to avoid running into difficulties.

This is all for now, folks. macOS Sierra is a major upgrade in terms of many different aspects. One of the sweet additions in the upgrade is the integration of Siri, which will open a whole bunch of new possibilities. So be sure to follow the instructions before you upgrade your Mac to macOS Sierra. What are your favorite feature about the update? Let us know in the comments.

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