5 Things You Should Know before Upgrading to macOS Ventura

Sarahi Johns
Last updated: Jun 9, 2022

This guide walks you through everything you should know before upgrading to macOS Ventura.

Apple has brought a lot of new features to the latest macOS Ventura, including a handy Stage Manager, richer Spotlight results, safer Safari, and more. Eager to upgrade your system? Wait a moment. Let's first take a look at what you should know before upgrading to macOS Ventura.

5 Things You Should Know before Upgrading to macOS Ventura

1. What‘s Changed in macOS Ventura?

Apple has added and improved many features to increase your productivity on your Mac. Here are some of them.

  • Clock and Weather apps come to Mac.
  • Stage Manager, a new tool that makes switching between apps easier.
  • Continuity Camera: You can use your iPhone camera as a webcam.
  • Spotlight finds photos in apps like Photos, Notes, and Finder.
  • A new version of Safari with Passkeys and Shared Tab Groups features.
  • Improved iMessage: You can edit and recall your latest message and mark messages you haven't replied to as unread.
  • iCloud Shared Photo Library: You can seamlessly share photos and videos with family and friends.
  • System Settings, redesigned System Preferences interface.
  • Better gaming experience and new Game Center dashboard.
macOS Ventura Overview

2. Is It Worth Upgrading to macOS Ventura?

As far as features are concerned, the answer is yes. However, the official version won't be released until this fall. If you are a developer and want to be the first to experience the new features, you can download and install the beta version. It's worth noting that the beta version may have bugs that could corrupt your important files, so don't forget to back up your Mac first. But for most people, we strongly recommend that you wait for the official release before upgrading.

3. Which Macs Support Macos Ventura?

The new macOS Ventura drops support for Macs released between 2013 and 2017. The following are the compatible Mac models.

  • MacBook 2017 and later
  • MacBook Air 2018 and later
  • MacBook Pro 2017and later
  • Mac Mini 2018 and later
  • iMac 2017 and later
  • iMac Pro 2017
  • Mac Pro 2019 and later

4. How Much Space Does macOS Ventura Take Up?

Now that you know if your Mac is compatible, let's see how much space macOS Ventura needs.

The macOS Ventura installer is about 12 GB. To install it, you'll need some extra space. If you're upgrading from macOS Sierra or higher, macOS Venturay requires 35 GB of available storage to upgrade. And if you are upgrading from an earlier version such as EI Capitan or Yosemite, the new macOS requires more space.

To check your available storage, click Apple menu > About This Mac > Storage.

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5. How to Download and Install macOS Ventura?

Upgrading to macOS Ventura now is risky. It's a good idea to create a backup of your Mac data using Time Machine, iCloud, or backup software.

At this time, the official version has still not been released.

If you're an Apple developer, go to the Apple Developer page, log in to your account, download your preferred beta version and follow the on-screen instructions to install it.

For public users, go to the Apple Beta Software Program page, register or sign in to your account, download the latest public beta version, and follow the on-screen instructions to complete the installation.

When the official version becomes available, you'll be able to upgrade it via the Apple Store or Software Update.

Upgrade to macOS Ventura
The macOS Ventura installation should take about 30 minutes. While installing, avoid putting your Mac to sleep or closing the lid. Your Mac will restart and may display a progress bar or blank screen multiple times.

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Now you have learned the five things you should know before upgrading to macOS Ventura. Note that it is necessary to make a backup of your Mac before upgrading your system.

So, are you ready to upgrade your macOS?

Sarahi Johns

I'm Sarahi Johns, a tech enthusiast with a deep passion for all things iPhone, iPad and Mac. With expertise in crafting engaging tech content, I've authored numerous articles in the past 10 years, making me a trusted source for Apple enthusiasts.