Upgrade To OS X El Capitan Without Losing Your Files


Looking to upgrade to OS X El Capitan without losing your files? Then here's what you need to do.

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OS X El Capitan is a free upgrade to every Mac user around the globe, and while we suggest that users go ahead and install Cupertino's latest and greatest desktop operating system from scratch, there's a subset of folks who prefer to keep things as simple as possible. And those people also do not want to go through the trouble of losing all of their data when they upgrade. If you happen to fall into that category of people, then here's what you need to do.

Upgrade To OS X El Capitan Without Losing Your Files

Keep in mind that you need to be running at least OS X Snow Leopard if you want to upgrade to OS X El Capitan. We also recommend that you backup all your important data on an external hard drive just in case.

All set? Let's begin.

1. Click on this link to go directly to the OS X El Capitan download page on the Mac App Store.

2. Click on the 'Download' button.

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3. Now click on 'Continue' to initiate the download process.

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4. The download will now begin and will take a while depending on your Internet connection speed. Once done, simply launch the El Capitan installer from the Applications folder in Finder or from Launchpad.

5. Follow the on-screen prompts to finish the installation process.


Once the installation is complete, all your photos, songs, app data, applications and everything else will remain in tact. This is the best route you can take if you're worried about starting from scratch. After all, many of us don't like to go through the trouble of setting things all over again.

On a personal note, I highly recommend that you install OS X El Capitan from scratch if you want to get the most out of the OS. But if a simple upgrade is the path you're willing to take, then it's entirely your call.

Running OS X El Capitan GM on your Mac? Then here's how you can upgrade to the final build straight away: How To Update OS X El Capitan GM To Final Release – Tutorial.

If you're looking to do a clean install of OS X El Capitan on your Mac, then be sure to check out our following tutorials: