Apple works hard to make its software updates painless. But the download and installation process for a major OS update can take a few hours, so it's smart to prepare to ensure that everything goes smoothly...and be ready in case something goes wrong. licenseedge here.
September 30 as a free download in the Mac App Store with El Capitan coming, now's a good time to get ready. Check your hardwareFirst, make sure your Mac can run El Capitan (OS X 10.11). Choose About This Mac from the Apple menu to see facts on your Mac. Some specific features, such as AirPlay and AirDrop Mirroring, may require more recent models.
Check your memory and storageNow let's check if you have enough disk and memory space. The El Capitan public beta download weighs in around 6GB, and Apple recommends that you have at least 8GB of disk space free to install an OS update. To give the update room to breathe, consider doubling that. See this as an chance to tidy up your hard drive. What about memory? Apple recommends 2GB of memory minimum.
Adding memory can be an affordable way to make your Mac more responsive, however, so if you are working with 2GB, now may be the time to add more. You can find details about your hard drive and memory by choosing About This Mac from the Apple menu. Which OS you are running?Are you running an OS that you can update to El Capitan?
El Capitan will have similar OS requirements likely, so check that you are running the most recent version of of one of the upgradable OSes. Update third-party appsWhile you're updating, make sure your third-party software are current.
Click the Updates tab in the Mac App Store to see which updates are available to you. And after you've updated to El Capitan, check again, as third-party developers are working hard to have their programs ready for the new OS. christianbittorrent there.
Know your Apple IDIf you've read this far, you have an Apple ID probably. If you don't, before September 30 get one, as you'll need it to download El Capitan from the Mac App Store. mediagetgospel.
You might also be asked for it during the El Capitan and iCloud setup process, so keep it handy. Back everything upIt's been years since installing a system upgrade resembled a high-wire act. But an update can still go wrong, so it's wise to have a current backup of the contents of your hard drive -- including photography libraries -- before you move to El Capitan. Best of the best read more. Apple makes it simple to back up important files through its Time Machine app.
If you want to find out more about backing up your Mac, talk to our Mac backup basics. investorfreeware.
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