MacOS High Sierra and it’s supplemental bug fixes are out and ready for use. If you haven’t updated your Apple computer yet then now may be the time. Before downloading the update there are a couple steps to complete first.
Backup Your Computer
Backing up your computer sounds time consuming, but Apple makes the process simple. A backup is always recommended when doing major updates on your computer. It’s better to be safe than sorry. With a Mac, you can either use Apple’s Time Capsule which can wirelessly backup your computer through the pre-downloaded software Time Machine or use a Mac compatible external hard drive. When using an external hard drive you have the option to either just save a copy of crucial documents onto the hard drive or use it as a “Time Machine” that will create a complete backup of everything on your computer.
Some older Mac computers are unable to update to macOS High Sierra due to hardware limitations. Your Mac needs at least 2GB of RAM to run High Sierra, but this shouldn’t be a problem because all supported Mac models have at least 4GB of RAM. You will need to verify the compatibility of your software with High Sierra, for instance Microsoft Office 2011 will no longer be supported. Here are the computers that are compatible with the new update:
Free Up Space
Updates require a lot of space to perform. Apple reports the update to High Sierra requires 14.3 GB of available space to install. In the end the update will use 4.8 GB of memory. One of the easiest ways to get this space on your computer is to delete old photos and files by transferring them an external storage solution. If you aren’t too strapped on space, however, you can try easier methods such as clearing your browsing cache, cleaning out junk files or using a program such as CCleaner to do the grunt work for you.
Download and Install
Now that you’ve prepared your computer, it’s time to install the software update. Updating is easier than ever and you can find macOS High Sierra in the Mac App Store. The steps to downloading and installing the update are simple .
Updating your computer can feel overwhelming. A lot can go wrong and you end up with a new platform to learn. If you have trouble installing macOS High Sierra or don’t want to do it on your own, come in to see us and we can help you out. If you’ve already made the switch and need to learn about the new features, give us a call!