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How to Install macOS Mojave

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The macOS Mojave update is available to download and install now. This free upgrade includes a number of exciting new features and promises to run better than High Sierra.

These new features include a Dark Mode, the ability to use some of your favorite iPhone apps on the Mac and a dynamic desktop to name a few. Another cool new feature is being able to use your Mac to control your smart home.

How to Install macOS Mojave

Here’s a rundown of our reasons to install macOS Mojave, and the reasons you shouldn’t upgrade yet. We also have a list of things to do before you install macOS Mojave.

Additional required reading is what you need to know about macOS Mojave problems and how long the macOS Mojave update takes.

When you are ready to install macOS Mojave, here’s what to do.

  1. Open the Mac App Store
  2. Choose Updates
  3. Click on macOS Mojave
  4. Download the update.

If you don’t see the update, click here to find it in the Mac App Store. If you want to do a clean macOS Mojave install, stop and follow these directions instead.

Once the macOS Mojave download completes you can start the installation. If you do a normal install, you will keep all of your apps and data, but you should still have a Time Machine backup. Make sure you are plugged in for this process.

This is how to install macOS Mojave.

This is how to install macOS Mojave.

  1. Once the macOS Mojave Installer appears click Continue.
  2. Agree to the terms and conditions twice.
  3. Choose a drive to install to (Macintosh HD for most users)

    Pick the drive to install macOS Mojave to.

    Pick the drive to install macOS Mojave to.

  4. Login as an Admin
  5. Wait for the initial installation to complete.
  6. Restart the Mac when prompted.

Once the initial install is done, you will see a prompt to restart. Save your work, close your apps and restart. This will start the second part of the installation.

This can take 30 to 60 minutes to complete. If you are lucky the whole process will take less than an hour, but it could easily take up to two depending on download speeds and other issues while installing.

Once the computer restarts, login and begin using macOS Mojave. Check out these exciting new macOS Mojave features to get started with using the update.

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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 si 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.  

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