The latest operating system from Apple isn't going to drastically change how you use your Mac — but it does offer a couple of updates that are going to make it a lot easier and more enjoyable, including the following:
The most obvious change you can implement is Mojave's improved dark mode. Although this has been a feature since 2015 in macOS El Capitan (albeit a very basic version consisting of turning the Dock and menu bar to black), macOS Mojave has integrated its dark mode across the display and apps, both Apple's own and from third-party developers. Easily controlled through your settings, the entire interface or select aspects can be made darker — perfect for working in a dark room to prevent eye-strain, watching movies, or working with images.
Desktop Stacks are now available to keep your files and folders ultra-organized. Stacks, as the name suggests, are folders collated into categories. Photos, for example, will be automatically grouped together in an 'Images' stack to keep a clearer, cleaner desktop.
A new Gallery view in the Finder gives a snapshot of files and images as you browse, making it easier to find what you're looking for, particularly with files that can look similar when viewed in Cover Flow. An additional sidebar will give you more information about the file.
New apps for macOS have been imported from iOS: News, Home (to manage connected HomeKit devices, such as light bulbs and thermostats), and Voice Memos (which may not be as useful on a Mac as on an iPhone but will make it easier to sync those files from your phone to your Mac) are available on macOS Mojave.
Speaking of apps, the App Store is getting a redesign. Editorial content is being added, as well as apps from other developers like Microsoft and Adobe. App developers will also offer free trials directly through the App Store.
Editing a screenshot of your screen can now be done from a thumbnail immediately after taking the screenshot instead of going through Preview or Photoshop.
You'll be able to use your phone as a capture device when working on your Mac. No more emailing over photos to integrate into your files across devices.
Safari has been made even tighter to protect browsers from tracking cookies and hid some of the more irritating social media aspects, such as comment bars and share buttons.
Sounds good, right? As long as your Mac is compatible with the update, which it should be, if you're using a Mac product from 2012 onwards, and your apps aren't 32-bit (Apple is withdrawing support for 32-bit apps in Mojave, so they will need an upgrade from the developer), then it makes sense to update your Mac to macOS Mojave.
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Excited to try out the updates on Mojave? It's tempting to dive straight in, but there's a little preparation to do first to ensure your Mac is ready for the upgrade.
Just like moving house, you need to clean out the junk and figure out what's to be transferred over before you leave it behind for good. Clearing out your old files also frees up space for the new installation.
You can manually save the files you want and delete those you don't, but you run the risk of leaving behind files in odd locations or failing to erase file extensions. Old cache files, duplicates in different locations, and useless downloads all stick around, and often go unnoticed. Using an app like CleanMyMac X rids your system of all its junk in preparation for the update, ensuring you have a better experience with Mojave without it lagging from dead weight. Apple recommends 8 GB for the macOS Mojave update, but it's always best to have a few extra gigabytes if you can get it.
Once your files have been trimmed to the essential, it's time to running a diagnostic on your Mac. Overhauling your OS with a new upgrade isn't recommended if you have any underlying problems, most of which you wouldn't immediately pick up on.
To check that your Mac doesn't have any issues, it's easy to run a simple yet effective scan:
You'll need some form of external storage to save your files when your update to macOS Mojave. You might prefer physically holding a copy of your files in your hand with a USB flash drive or portable hard drive, particularly if you have a poor or unreliable internet connection or, if you don't have a portable drive, a cloud-based platform like Google Drive or OneDrive means you don't have to worry about losing your copy. For peace of mind, create two back-ups just in case.
macOS has its own application for backing up files. Locate Time Machine on your system using Finder and, if you have it set for automatic back-ups, check that you have a recent copy of your files. If you haven't used Time Machine before or you haven't set it to automatically back-up your files, follow the instructions to save a copy before you begin upgrading to macOS Mojave.
Now when you've done all the preparations, you can you upgrade to Mojave. Here are 4 easy steps:
When upgrading an entire operating system, you'll need somewhere with an internet connection to download Mojave as well as perform any other updates. Avoid public networks like hotels and coffee shops, and preferably use secure Wi-Fi at home or at work.
However long-lasting your battery is, make sure you're connected to a power source. Both the download and the installation process will drain your power so get yourself a spot next to the power outlet.
Since many apps are integrated with iCloud, you'll need to be logged in to upgrade.
Sounds counterintuitive, right? But you can't upgrade your OS if there are any bugs or issues affecting your Mac, so check for updates to the macOS you're already using in the App Store. You'll also need to check your apps individually by the same method. If you've purchased apps from outside of the App Store these will need to be manually updated through the website.
You should now have a fully-functioning version of your current macOS, which has been stripped of its junk files. All of the files you want to keep have been copied to an external drive separate from your OS. You're now ready to upgrade to Mojave.
Go to the App Store, choose Updates tab and click Update. Follow the instructions and start enjoying the latest Mac operating system.
This is a series of tips that cover Mac OS X client edition. Server forums cover Mac OS X server on the community.
Here is the series of tips for related Macs. 10.6,10.7, 10.8, 10.9, 10.10,10.11,
10.12 ,10.13, 10.14 Mojave, 10.15 Catalina , 11.0 Big Sur.
See special note about resetting the SMC during updates and upgrades, later in the tip.
September 13, 2021, an updated Safari 14.1.2 was pushed via Apple menu -> About This Mac -> Software Update.
is an article I wrote that everyone updating their Mac should read. No update should be ventured into with operating systems or software without first ensuring your data is backed up in two separate places. Slowing down of your Mac should not lead you to assume an update will fix everything. First isolate why your Mac is slowing down or crashing before installing anything new.
Apple includes many full upgrade installer links on https://support.apple.com/en-us/HT211683
Go to Apple menu -> System Preferences -> Date and Time and select the closest time server to set your time, and do so. Download based on manual time may fail, especially on older systems where the system time is not set right.
Be forewarned, Macs with solid state drives will be updated in formatting to APFS with 10.13 or later (this is discussed later in the tip, but bears repeating). This means if you need to downgrade the machine, you will need to erase the partition with the older HFS extended GUID to use the older systems. Regardless of which direction you go, backup your data first. This is only for Macs older than September 25, 2017.
Apple released for 10.14.6 users, 2020-003 Mojave security update. If running an earlier version of 10.14, run the 10.14.6 Combo update first.
Apple recommends you have these Macs according to: https://support.apple.com/kb/SP777?locale=en_US
bracketed items in quotes were added for additional identification purposes. Your Apple menu -> About This Mac -> System Report or System Profiler gives you the model identifier.
All of the Macs that are older than 10.11, need to be updated to 10.11 first before installing Mojave.
The oldest MacBook Air, Mac mini, and iMac which can upgrade to Mojave shipped with 10.8, Mountain Lion.
The oldest MacBook Pro which can upgrade to Mojave shipped with 10.7, Lion.
The oldest MacBook had Mac OS X 10.10 installed.
The oldest Mac Pro on the list above with the compatible graphics cards, had 10.6 originally installed, and is the only Mac that shipped with 10.6 that can install Mojave. Before upgrading to 10.7 or later, read this tip as Apple has not reintroduced a series of software that made older Mac compatible software compatible with Intel Macs since 10.6.8's release.
Apple released Mojave on September 24, 2018. Reports from:
earlier than that date were made with pre-release Mojave versions and can not be relied upon.
September 30, 2018 driver additions from third party update pages:
HP, and Samsung (HP has become the download site for at least some Mojave Samsung printers, if you have Samsung see if any are Catalina compatible)
10.14.3 was released January 22, 2019. Note, some users are reporting 10.14.3 will not successfully apply as an update without an SMC reset as described how to do in this link: https://support.apple.com/en-us/HT201295
Frequently both updates and upgrades will require multiple reboots to successfully apply. Do NOT become impatient if you find the screen go blank during the update or upgrade process. If you press the power button to shut it down while it is rebooting for the update or upgrade, it may quit the process, and leave you stuck.
Use the macOS Mojave forum for operating system specific questions of other end users such as yourself.
are directions for creating a separate partition that will allow you to dual boot into an older operating system
if you find something not compatible with the current. Once you install the older operating system, you can use the Startup manager to dual boot to the older system.
You can't install Mojave from the Finder, unless you are running 10.13.6 or earlier.
The direct download link for Mojave is:
Note: some people have had trouble downloading the latest Mojave links. https://brave.com/ has been found to be a better web browser than some if you run into issues and is known to work on Mac OS X 10.10 and later.
The SD card reader in the MacBook Pro 13' early 2015 no longer reads directly in the Finder under Mojave with a card formatted under a Panasonic FZ80. I found I could use the application Image Capture to read the card. What happens in the Finder, is instead of a generic floppy disk icon, I get a generic document icon. At least Image Capture is a work around.
Note: the 2020-004 security update for Mojave has a bug with the screen saver getting stuck. To repair delays in the screen saver, 'The workaround is to choose a non-picture screen saver such as Flurry, Message, etc.' (special thanks to community member dialabrain for this report.