To download the public macOS High Sierra beta, you need to sign up for the public beta program. You may have already signed up for the public iOS 11 beta, and if so you are almost done. After a lengthy wait, the macOS High Sierra public beta is available for anyone to install today.
The free macOS High Sierra beta program allows you to test out the new macOS High Sierra features on your Mac months before the public release. Unlike the developer beta that is designed to help developers make apps work with macOS High Sierra, this is focused on getting the feedback from regular users. Apple can use this to fix macOS High Sierra problems and even change features based on what you have to say.
We’ll show you how to sign up for the macOS High Sierra public beta, walk you through the reasons to try the beta and the reasons to skip installing the public macOS 10.13 beta and what you need to do before you install the beta.
How to Sign Up for the Public macOS High Sierra Beta
It’s almost easier to install the developer beta, but the public macOS 10.13 beta will often deliver a friendlier experience for the average user so we recommend this route. You don’t need to pay for anything, you just need to register your Apple ID with the program.
- Go to the Apple Beta Software Program Website
- Sign Up or Login
- Read and Agree to the Beta Agreement
You may have already agreed to the beta agreement when you signed up for the iOS 11 beta. If so, you are already signed up for the macOS High Sierra public beta as well. You just need to download and install it. You cannot do this until it is available through the Apple Beta Program and on the Mac App Store.
How to Install the Public macOS High Sierra Beta
You can install the public macOS High Sierra beta directly to your current Mac as an upgrade. This will replace the installation of macOS Sierra that is currently on your machine. You can also make a partition or install to a second hard drive if you prefer to test in that manner. Most users will install as their primary operating system on a spare Mac.
You cannot follow these instructions until Apple releases the macOS High Sierra beta to the public, which is “Coming soon”, likely in the next day or two.
- Take these steps to prepare for the macOS High Sierra beta.
- After you have a backup and are ready you can proceed.
- Log in to the Apple Beta Program Website.
- Click on Redeem Code.
- If needed enter the code in the Mac App Store or simply click Download.
- Wait for the 5+GB download to complete.
- Open the public macOS High Sierra beta installer.
- Follow the installer directions.
Once this completes you will be on the public macOS High Sierra beta. You can downgrade from the macOS High Sierra beta to macOS Sierra if you run into too many problems. If you are on the fence, check out this list of reasons to install the macOS High Sierra beta and reasons not to install it. You can also check out the new macOS High Sierra features to see if there is something you want to try.