Apple’s latest operating system, MacOS Ventura, will be released this fall. It brings improvements to multitasking with Stage Manager, as well as new ways to bring your iPhone closer to your Mac. That said, you might be wondering how (and when) you can download macOS Ventura.
At the time of writing in June, macOS Ventura is only in the developer beta stage. This means you will need to pay the $100 fee and register for the Apple Developer Program to enroll your Mac to get the new operating system. In July, however, MacOS Ventura will head out to the public for free beta testing via the Apple Beta Software Program. We have all these macOS Ventura download methods covered in this handy guide.
We have a warning before we go into details. MacOS Ventura is still in developer beta. It also only works with certain Mac models, which we list here.
Many bugs will affect your Mac’s performance if you choose to install it at this early stage. You will also need to back up your Mac via Time Machine before installing it. Additionally, we also recommend that you download and then create a bootable USB installer for the version of MacOS that came with your Mac.
So if you’re having trouble, you can perform a restore to your original MacOS version if Apple’s built-in Internet Recovery feature fails to reinstall the operating system that came with your Mac. So proceed at your own risk, as Digital Trends cannot be held responsible for any damage to your Mac.
To start installing macOS Ventura, you need to sign up for the Apple Developer Program using Safari on your Mac. If you haven’t already, visit Apple website for more details on the program, then follow our steps below.
Step 1: Back up your Mac. Then, on the Apple Developer Program website, click the To register button at the top right. Read the terms and accept. You can then click on the Start your registration bottom button.
2nd step: Sign in with your Apple ID and password. If you’ve set up two-factor authentication, enter the code sent to your Apple devices in your web browser. Once entered, you can click on the Trust to avoid re-entering the code.
Step 3: Buy a subscription for $100. You can turn off auto-renewal so you won’t be billed again next year.
Step 4: Once you have logged in and purchased a license, a new sidebar should appear. Items like Membership, Certificate IDand Documentation should appear. Below Additional Resourceslook for Downloads.
Step 5: You will be redirected to a webpage that lists all available downloads for you. Click it Install profile button next to macOS 13 Beta.
Step 6: This will download the .pkg file. Be sure to note where it is saved.
Step 7: Once the .pkg file is downloaded, double-click to launch it and follow the on-screen instructions.
Step 8: Once the MacOS Developer Beta Access installer is closed, head to the Apple menu and choose System Preferencesfollowed by Software update.
From there you will see that macOS 13 Beta is listed. Click it Update now button and wait. The download should take up to an hour, depending on your internet connection.
Step 9: Once the download is complete, the Install MacOS 13 Beta app should open on your system. If not, look for it in your apps or refresh and go back to System Preferences to check the download again. Follow the on-screen instructions and choose the drive where you want to install MacOS Ventura. Your Mac will reboot several times and eventually you will be up and running with the operating system.
Although MacOS Ventura has not yet been released to the public for free testing, Apple has mentioned that it will happen in July. When it does, you can test through the Apple Beta Software Program. Here’s how.
Step 1: Back up your Mac. Then log in to Apple Beta Software Program website using your Apple ID in Safari on your Mac. You may be prompted for a code for two-factor authentication, if configured. Enter the code to continue.
2nd step: Once logged in, you will need to enroll your Mac using the macOS Public Beta Access utility. Scroll down the registration page and click on the blue To download button in step 2 of the page.
Step 3: Install this utility and follow the on-screen instructions.
Step 4: Once the utility is installed, you can head to the Apple menu and choose System Preferencesfollowed by Software update.
Step 5: You will see the macOS public beta listed. Click it Update now button. Allow it to download. Eventually, you will get a pop-up window with an installer. Follow the instructions and choose the drive for installation. Your Mac will restart and you will have Ventura!
Although we won’t go into details, there are ways to get the first developer beta for macOS Ventura for free. Again, you can examine these methods at your own risk. This will involve downloading the same profiles we mentioned above and following the same steps, but skipping the $100 fee.
However, we strongly advise against this, as the developer beta version is very unstable and downloading profiles from non-Apple approved websites is very dangerous and possibly illegal. It is better to wait until you wait for Apple to fix bugs and upload them through the Apple Beta software program.