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How Long the macOS Mojave Update Takes (10.14.5)



The macOS Mojave 10.14.5 update is an important upgrade and it’s decently sized at over 2GB for our MacBook Pro. Here’s how long it will take to download and install macOS 10.14.5. If you’re prepared the upgrade should go smoothly and it won’t take too long to install on your Macbook, MacBook Air, iMac, MacBook Pro or Mac Pro.

This smaller update does include important fixes for macOS as well as support for AirPlay 2 and a new Apple News+ feature.

The most common question we hear today is, “How long does the macOS Mojave update take to finish?” It’s a reasonable question since you can’t use the Mac while it is installing.

If you are already on macOS Mojave this upgrade will likely take about an 30-45 minutes, but if you are on macOS High Sierra, it will be a larger download and take longer.

On a 400Mbps down internet connection I was able to download macOS Mojave 10.14.5 in about 20 minutes. The installation took about 20 minutes, during which I could not use my Mac.



Backup to Time Machine (Optional)

5 minutes to a day

macOS Mojave Download

10 minutes to an 1 hour

macOS Mojave Installation Time

20 to 50 minutes

Total macOS Mojave Update Time

30 minutes to an hour and 50 minutes

We can’t tell you exactly how long macOS Mojave will take to install on your Mac because download times will vary based on demand and on your Internet connection.

One of the biggest factors you can control is if you are prepared. If you have a current Time Machine Backup and are ready to roll, this process will be smoother. The table above shows you how long the major steps will take. The length of time it takes and other issues is one reason you may not want to install macOS Mojave yet.

Prepare for macOS Mojave

A Time Machine backup isn’t required, but you’d be foolish to proceed without some kind of backup. This is one of the most important steps in our list of things to do before installing macOS Mojave.

It may add to the time to install macOS Mojave, but it is worth it to protect your files and data.

macOS Mojave Download Time

It may take a while to download macOS 10.14.5.

It may take a while to download macOS 10.14.5.

The wild card for everyone is how long the macOS Mojave download time is. Two factors are at play here; your connection and the number of people trying to download the update. If you have a fast internet connection, you may be able to download this update in about 10 to 15 minutes, but for some users it will take longer.

macOS Mojave Installation Time

This is how long macOS Mojave takes to install.

This is how long macOS Mojave takes to install.

The macOS Mojave installation should take about 30 to 40 minutes if everything works right. This includes a speedy download and a simple install with no issues or errors.

We are already backed up to Time Machine, so we expect the download will complete in about 10 minutes if the servers can stand it, and then will budget another 20 minutes for the actual installation, during which time you cannot use the Mac.

4 Reasons Not to Install macOS Mojave & 15 Reasons You Should Install 10.14.5

Install macOS Mojave for Dark Mode & Dynamic Desktop

Install macOS Mojave for Dark Mode & Dynamic Desktop

One of the biggest macOS Mojave features that you will see when you install the update is Dark Mode and the next is the dynamic desktop. 

With the macOS Mojave Dark Mode you get a better focus on the app you are working in, while the rest of the system fades into the background. This is built-in to Apple apps, and they allow third-party support so you can expect to see widespread use. If you prefer the normal brighter view, you can keep that. 

No matter which mode you use, the desktop will change during the day, based on the time. You'll see the sun or the moon move across a sand dune. This is an optional feature, and it's kind of like a Live Photo. This will only work with Apple official desktop backgrounds.  

With macOS 10.14.4 you now get automatic dark mode activation in Safari for websites that support a dark mode. Once you upgrade this will switch websites, not just safari itself, over to a dark mode automatically. This is a handy feature. 

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  1. Pete Wilson

    11/06/2018 at 2:08 pm

    Your table says “High Sierra” instead of Majove – a little too much cut and paste?

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