How to Download & Install macOS High Sierra Beta

You can install the macOS High Sierra beta on your Mac today to test out the new macOS High Sierra features before the release this fall. This is how to download macOS High Sierra and install it on your Mac.

Currently available to developers, anyone can technically install the macOS High Sierra beta, but there are some reasons you shouldn’t mess with it. A public macOS High Sierra beta is coming in late June if you want to wait for a more consumer friendly early look at High Sierra.

Before you try the macOS High Sierra beta, there are some essential steps that you need to take, including backing up your Mac in case you need to downgrade to macOS Sierra before the full release this fall.

How to Download the macOS High Sierra Beta

It’s easy to find the macOS High Sierra beta download because it is in the Mac App Store, but you need to install a special file to let your Mac see the macOS High Sierra download.

Developers can log into the Developer Portal, click on Downloads and then download the macOS High Sierra Developer Beta Access Utility. If you aren’t a developer, you can download a copy from the unofficial Apple Betas website.

Install the macOS High Sierra beta profile.
Install the macOS High Sierra beta profile.

Once you have this file downloaded, double click on it to open the application and then double click on macOSSierraDeveloperBetaAccessUtility.pkg to open the installer.

Follow the on-screen prompts to complete that installation and when needed, enter your password. After this completes, it should launch the Mac App Store and show you the macOS High Sierra beta download option. If not, restart your Mac.

Start the macOS High Sierra beta download from the Mac App Store.
Start the macOS High Sierra beta download from the Mac App Store.

On this screen click download and wait for the macOS High Sierra beta installer to download to your computer. This will take a little while as it is a fairly large file to download.

How to Install the macOS High Sierra Beta

Install the macOS High Sierra beta.
Install the macOS High Sierra beta.

Once your download is finished, the macOS High Sierra installer should automatically open. If it doesn’t, you can find it in your Launcher.

  1. Click on Continue.
  2. Agree to the macOS High Sierra Beta Terms and conditions.
  3. Allow the APFS upgrade and Click Install
  4. If prompted enter your password.
  5. Follow the remaining on-screen instructions.
Now, you wait for the macOS High Sierra beta to complete.
Now, you wait for the macOS High Sierra beta to complete.

Over the next 30 to 45 minutes, your Mac will reboot and proceed through an installation process. You may see a time frame on the screen and at other times you may only see an Apple logo. This may take up to an hour.

When the MacBook restarts, you need to click on continue and then sign in using your Apple ID and password. Click on get Started to start using the macOS High Sierra beta. If you use the same password on iCloud as you do on your Mac, you will need to change it.

Now, try out the new macOS High Sierra features that are on your computer. You will see a number of macOS 10.13 beta updates over the next several months. You can install them using the Mac App Store.

macOS High Sierra vs macOS Sierra: What’s New in macOS High Sierra

macOS High Sierra Photos Upgrades

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macOS High Sierra Photos Upgrades

Apple delivers major upgrades to the macOS High Sierra Photos app. With the new update you will be able to edit your photos in new ways right inside of Photos, and if you use PhotoShop or Pixelmator your changes there will sync back to your Photos library. 

Inside Photos, you can now edit with more controls than ever including a Curves editor to dial in your photo just right. A new sidebar on the left offers fast access to important albums and options. new selection options show you what you've picked and allow you to organize photos better. 

You can edit Live Photos to set a key photo that looks amazing. The Photos app also now lets you trim live photos to the perfect length. Once that is done, you can choose a new effect that lets you loop the action or bounce it back after it completes. There's also a new Artistic effect that can create long exposure filters to live photos with impressive results.  

When you are on a FaceTime video call, you can take a Live Photo that is saved directly to your Photos library and then you can edit it using these new tools. 

Upgraded Memories options detect special events better including babies, outdoor events, performances, weddings, birthdays, sporting events and more. There is even a new Memory that can find your pets. 

When you tell the Photos app who a person is, the face recognition will sync across your iCloud Photo Library so that it is always handy. 

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One Comment

  1. Stefan

    06/09/2017 at 2:49 am

    Unfortunately, the macOS High Sierra Developer Beta Access Utility is not available on the unofficial Apple Betas website. The page provides the macOS Sierra Developer Beta Access Utility (10.12) only. How can I get the High Sierra Developer Beta Access Utility without being a developer?

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