Download macOS Catalina Public Beta for Mac for Free – Here’s how
The first ever macOS Catalina public beta is now available to download if you have a compatible Mac with you.
Though iOS 13 and iPadOS 13 were the highlight announcements of WWDC 2019, but one can't discount the fact that macOS Catalina is a pretty big update too. Announced right after the Mac Pro and Pro Display XDR, macOS Catalina is packed with a ton of new features that enhance the overall Mac experience. It does so by finally bringing iPad apps to the Mac via Catalyst. But that's not all, Apple has done some severe polishing under the hood as well, ensuring that each copy of Catalina runs in the best possible manner.
Right now, if you're a registered developer with Apple, you can take the beta for a spin. That will cost you money - $99 to be exact. However, thanks to the company's Beta Software Program, those without a developer account and a compatible Mac can go ahead and take macOS Catalina public beta for a spin, absolutely free.
Keep one thing in mind - this is a public beta, which means that this is unfinished software and you will experience plenty of issues from the get-go. You may experience broken app compatibility along with subpar battery life on your MacBook. If you are fine with that, then follow the steps below on how to download macOS Catalina public beta for free.
Note: Before you begin, please make sure your Mac is compatible to work with macOS Catalina. Furthermore, just to be on the safe side, take a backup of your data. Either save your stuff on iCloud Drive or use your trusty old external storage drive for this.
1. First of all, head over to this link on your Mac.
2. Using the same Apple ID which you are using on your Mac, sign into the website.
3. At the top of the page you'll see an Enroll Your Device button. Click on it.
4. Download the macOS Public Beta Access Utility from this page.
5. Once the tool is downloaded, launch it and follow the outlined steps in order to download and install macOS Catalina public beta.
6. The macOS Catalina public beta update will be delivered to you over the air and you can check it out by going to System Preferences > Software Updates.
Though macOS Catalina is an exciting betas, but we will warn users once more against installing beta software. If you have a spare Mac at hand, then be our guest. But if you are going to install this on a daily driver, then think twice. In fact, think thrice.
If you are a registered developer with Apple, then make sure you check out the following: