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OS X Mavericks is officially out and ready for the public. It’s the latest OS X version from Apple and it comes with a heap of new features, including improved support for multiple displays, desktop versions of the Maps and iBooks apps, an improved Safari browser and much more. It’s available now in the Mac App Store for free.

While most users will be fine with the easy upgrade process that OS X has, some users prefer to start from scratch with a clean OS install whenever they’re upgrading to a new version. A fresh and clean install means your computer’s hard drive is completely erased and OS X Mavericks is installed to factory settings. This means that no apps are installed and no files are stored — just the default apps and files that come with OS X Mavericks.

Personally, I always do a clean install. There are just too many problems that could happen when simply just upgrading, and I have so many files that they could get disorganized and cause unnecessary slowdowns on the upgrade. Essentially, when you do a simple upgrade, the new OS gets installed, and then the installer picks up all the old files and dumps it on top of the newly installed OS, which could easily cause problems.

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With that said, here’s how you can install a fresh copy of OS X Mavericks and start with a clean slate. Be warned, though: Performing a clean install of OS X requires you to make a bootable install drive using a USB flash drive. You’ll be moving a lot of files around and dealing with Terminal. If this isn’t something you’re comfortable doing yourself, we’d suggest simply upgrading, or finding a friend who can perform a clean install for you.

Preparing for the Clean Install

First, you’ll want to make sure that OS X Mavericks is supported by your Mac. Some Macs as far back as 2007 support OS X Mavericks, but for a full list of supported Mac models, check out this list.

You’ll also want to backup everything before you begin the clean install. You can either use Time Machine to easily backup all of your files to an external hard drive, or you can manually pick and choose files that you want to keep, and transfer them to an external hard drive or USB flash drive.

Next, download OS X Mavericks from the Mac App Store. It’ll download and save to the Applications folder automatically. Furthermore, after it’s finished downloading, it may automatically begin the install process. If this happens, just quickly cancel it.

Making the Bootable USB Drive

In order to install a clean and fresh copy of OS X Mavericks, you have to create a bootable install drive using either a DVD, USB flash drive or an external hard drive. For this tutorial, we’ll be using a USB flash drive, since not everyone has an optical drive on their Mac, and you most likely have a USB flash drive anyway. Just make sure it’s at least 8GB in size.

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UPDATE: Reader Jason pointed out a quicker method for creating a USB boot drive of OS X Mavericks. Follow it below, especially if our initial method doesn’t work for you.

  1. Plug in your USB drive and open Disk Utility.
  2. Select the USB drive in the sidebar and click on the Erase tab.
  3. Select Mac OS Extended (Journaled) in the Format box and name it Untitled.
  4. Click Erase and wait for the format to finish.
  5. When it’s done, close Disk Utility and open Terminal. Type in the following command and press Enter:

sudo /Applications/Install\ OS\ X\ Mavericks.app/Contents/Resources/createinstallmedia --volume /Volumes/Untitled --applicationpath /Applications/Install\ OS\ X\ Mavericks.app --nointeraction

This command will officially make the USB boot drive and it’ll take about 20 minutes. While it’s doing its thing, don’t mess with Terminal or eject the flash drive. Once done, it’ll say Copy complete. Done.

Next, scroll down to the Installing OS X Mavericks section in this guide to finish the install.

Our initial method (if the above method doesn’t work):

Follow these steps in order to successfully create your OS X Mavericks USB boot disk.

  1. Plug in your USB flash drive and open up Disk Utility.
  2. Click on the USB drive from the left-side menu.
  3. Click on the Partition tab.
  4. Select 1 Partition from the drop-down menu.
  5. Click the Options button and select GUID as the partition type.
  6. Click OK to close that window, and then hit Apply. This will format the USB flash drive and prepare it for OS X Mavericks.

Next, you’ll want to launch Terminal because you’ll be entering in a couple of commands in order to show hidden files in Finder (you’ll be moving around some hidden files later on). Enter these two commands as seen below and press Enter after each one. After you’ve entered these in, you can close out of Terminal.

  1. defaults write com.apple.Finder AppleShowAllFiles TRUE
  2. killall Finder
After you've made the USB boot drive, it should look like this.

After you’ve made the USB boot drive, it should look like this.

Hidden files will now be viewable in Finder, and they’ll appear as slightly faded out. After you enter those two commands, you can close out of Terminal. However, this is only the beginning of making the bootable USB install drive.

  1. Open up Macintosh HD from Finder and open the Applications folder. Locate the file labeled Install OS X Mavericks.app.
  2. Right click on it and choose Show Package Contents. A new folder window will appear.
  3. Choose Contents and open SharedSupport.
  4. Double-click on InstallESD.dmg. This should open another folder window. If not click on OS X Install ESD in the Finder sidebar.
  5. Once inside that, double-click on BaseSystem.dmg. (BaseSystem.dmg is a hidden file, which is why we put in those Terminal commands earlier). If double-clicking doesn’t, right-click on it and choose Open.
  6. Open up Disk Utility again and choose BaseSystem.dmg from the sidebar. Click the Restore tab.
  7. Next, with Source set to BaseSystem.dmg, set Destination to the USB drive by dragging the USB drive into the Destination box.
  8. Click Restore to begin the process and confirm that contents of the drive will be completely erased. This process will take 5-10 minutes

Sadly, I wish that was all there was to it, but you’ll have to do just a couple more things to get your bootable USB install drive ready to go; you’re in the homestretch, though!

When the restore process is finished, open up Finder and navigate within the newly-created USB drive to System > Installation and delete the file labeled Packages. Keep this window open, though, as you’ll come back to it and be replacing the file you just deleted with a folder also named “Packages.”

Go back to the OS X Install ESD mounted image and drag & drop the Packages folder into the that same folder that you just deleted the file from. Be sure to copy it over and not cut & paste. It’s a large folder, so it’ll take a little bit of time. However, after that’s done copying over, the bootable USB install drive is done and ready to go! It’s just smooth sailing from here, hopefully.

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Installing OS X Mavericks

Now that you have a bootable USB stick with OS X Mavericks on it, it’s time to install it. With the USB drive connected, reboot your Mac and hold down the Option/Alt key. This will bring up a menu where you’ll select an install drive. Choose the USB drive that you just made (usually called OS X Base System in this case and will be colored orange). Click on the arrow pointing upwards below the drive icon to get started.

Now, before you install Mavericks, you’ll want to erase and reformat your hard drive, so at the “Install OS X” screen, go up to the menu bar at the top and click on Utilities > Disk Utility.

  1. Next, click on your main hard drive in the left-hand sidebar.
  2. Click on the Erase tab and make sure Mac OS Extended (Journaled) is selected in the Format field.
  3. Give the hard drive a name. If you want to stick with the Mac naming convention, go with Macintosh HD.
  4. Click Erase in the lower-right corner to begin the wiping process.
  5. After that’s done, close out of Disk Utility, where you’ll be brought back to the “Install OS X” screen.
  6. Click Continue to begin the OS X Mavericks installation process and follow the steps provided.
  7. Enjoy OS X Mavericks!

This is a pretty complicated method for creating a bootable install drive, but we’re guessing that once Mavericks has been out for a few months, there will be third-party tools released that will make the creation process easier, similar to that of OS X Mountain Lion tools that easily created a USB install drive for you. For now, though, this seems to be the only way that works.

95 Comments

95 Comments

  1. Robert Lambert

    10/22/2013 at 1:12 pm

    The Mavericks app is easy to find simply search ‘Install OS X Mavericks.app’ on your computer search bar and then click ‘show all in finder’ to display the app. don’t have to do all the coding.

    • Craig Lloyd

      10/22/2013 at 1:19 pm

      Performing a clean install (starting from scratch) requires a boot drive, which requires all the coding. You’re referring to just a simple upgrade.

    • Robert Lambert

      10/22/2013 at 1:58 pm

      I take back what I say, you will need to follow his steps for the later part of the install, Thank you Craig.

    • Steve

      10/22/2013 at 7:06 pm

      That’s not coding.

  2. rexlokus

    10/22/2013 at 1:35 pm

    great info!, What about a clean install in another partition? it is possible without the USB?

  3. b00tsect0r

    10/22/2013 at 1:42 pm

    If you have a DVD drive, simply burn InstallESD.dmg to a DVD using Disk Utility. InstallESD.dmg is the Mavericks bootable install DVD image.

    • Jauru

      10/22/2013 at 2:20 pm

      You can also just burn InstallESD.dmg onto the USB stick (useful for Macs without optical drives). I used this method back when upgrading to Mountain Lion on the rMBP.

      It’s an extra step to enable hidden files and look for BaseSystem.dmg.

      • cpxander

        10/23/2013 at 8:41 pm

        I tried this, but it isn’t recognized when holding down option on startup. I think this is now the method you have to use.

    • walt

      10/24/2013 at 11:21 am

      InstallESD.dmg is 5.29GB and standard DVD’s are 4.7GB so no way of burning it to standard DVD. So I guess it will have to be Double Layer dvd. Did anyone try this with double layer DVD?

  4. Ross C

    10/22/2013 at 1:56 pm

    Good article! After several failed attempts at using the old Mountain Lion method, this worked just fine.

  5. Venkatesh Sridhar

    10/22/2013 at 1:57 pm

    How will I be then able to restore my user settings and other applications?

    • Craig Lloyd

      10/22/2013 at 2:15 pm

      If you’re installing from scratch, you won’t get those back. You’ll have to set up everything and re-download your apps. It’s tedious, but it’s also a great way to audit all of your stuff.

    • sarmen b

      10/22/2013 at 2:16 pm

      time machine – if you already have a backup from the previous. otherwise you can either reistall all your apps or just copy/export all your settings and files to another source

  6. Andrew

    10/22/2013 at 2:06 pm

    Will this allow you to upgrade from the bootable USB drive as well? (assuming you don’t wipe the drive prior to the install?)

    • Craig Lloyd

      10/22/2013 at 2:16 pm

      Yes, you can still do a simple upgrade from the USB boot drive if that’s what you want to do.

  7. Lo

    10/22/2013 at 2:19 pm

    OK – I got a question. The Packages file I deleted from the USB drive was an alias. Is this what I was supposed to get rid of?

  8. Zack

    10/22/2013 at 2:23 pm

    Does this require an internet connection once Mavericks is downloaded…ie-once you have your USB drive ready to go, when you install Mavericks does it go online to download a bunch of stuff or is everything truly on the thumb drive?

  9. Charbel Hassrouny

    10/22/2013 at 2:29 pm

    i have a question, if i downloaded it from my apple id, can i use it for another macs. i mean if i want to install it to a friend of mine having another apple id, does it work?

    • swemoney

      10/22/2013 at 3:37 pm

      Should work. The “Install OS X Mavericks.app” is what’s technically signed to your account. The DMG you burn to your USB drive isn’t signed to anyone. I did this with Mountain Lion to install on multiple machines.

  10. chris c.

    10/22/2013 at 2:48 pm

    complicated? Easy in my book!

  11. Anan Banka

    10/22/2013 at 2:49 pm

    Hi,

    I used this method to create the USB, but mid-way through the installation, it aborts saying install failed. I’ve tried this about 3 times.

    I’m now stuck with a Mac that doesn’t have an OS. There isn’t an option for recovery because I’d formatted my drive.

    I’m using a MacBook Pro w/ Retina Display. Any information would help right now.

    Regards,
    Anan

    • Gustavo

      11/15/2013 at 11:13 am

      I have the same problem, I fixed it with the initial method. It has much more steps but works great.

  12. bubba23

    10/22/2013 at 3:01 pm

    What if I am using a 1TB external HDD to create the boot disc but have stuff on it that I want to keep. The steps require that the usb drive be formatted completely. Can this be avoided if using an external HDD as I currently do not have access to a working usb drive.

  13. Jordan Cox

    10/22/2013 at 3:12 pm

    terminal won’t let me run those commands. I already have Mavericks on here, but I want a clean install.

    • Noah

      11/14/2013 at 11:46 am

      You need to re download Maverick most likely. The App isn’t there once you install it. So re download it and it’ll be back in the apps section.

  14. Mike

    10/22/2013 at 3:13 pm

    On my ML machine I had to change:

    defaults write com.apple.Finder AppleShowAllFiles TRUE
    to
    defaults write com.apple.finder AppleShowAllFiles TRUE

    I’m not sure if it is because my filesystem is case-sensitive or not… Other than that, this is a great tutorial! Thanks!

  15. mmaus

    10/22/2013 at 3:19 pm

    he ‘packages’ alias won’t delete because it is read-only.
    Any suggestions?

    • Asim

      10/25/2013 at 12:03 am

      Make sure your USB is formatted Mac OS Extended (Journaled).

  16. John O'Mahony

    10/22/2013 at 3:29 pm

    I have Windows installed on the BootCamp partition. Should this remain accessible after carrying out a clean install of Mavericks on the OS X partition. I’ve already created an image of BootCamp using WinClone.

  17. Asger

    10/22/2013 at 3:40 pm

    We have 3 MacBook’s in my family. Can I reuse this first bootable USB drive for the two next clean installs or do I have to go through the download process and the above for each machine?

    • Charbel Hassrouny

      10/22/2013 at 3:55 pm

      same question i asked, check my previous post

      • Asger

        10/22/2013 at 4:40 pm

        So for the next two mac’s, all I have to do is boot from the USB, erase and format my existing HDD and then continue the install process. When installed, can I just enter my Apple ID at startup and expect the license to work or approved by apple?

        • Charbel Hassrouny

          10/23/2013 at 2:27 am

          it should work yes

          • Asger

            10/23/2013 at 3:51 am

            I am running a danish Mac OS version and folders are named differently. I have tried to replace “Applications” with “Programmer” in the command above, but that results in “command not found”. Do I need to replace anything else, to make this work with my local language version of Mac OS?

    • mmaus

      10/23/2013 at 4:05 am

      you can reuse it.

  18. Rob van den Boogaard

    10/22/2013 at 3:47 pm

    @Anan Banka

    Just reboot and hold the option key, then choose your internet connection and you should be able to download the OS that came with your Mac directly from Apple.

    After that you should redo the steps in this article because apparently your Mavericks USB is corrupted or you could try reformatting your drive prior to the above.

  19. Jason

    10/22/2013 at 3:53 pm

    Or this method is about as straightforward as it gets –> https://forums.macrumors.com/showthread.php?t=1649986

    • Jason

      10/22/2013 at 3:54 pm

      I should clarify, as far as making the bootable USB stick goes.

  20. Big Al Knine

    10/22/2013 at 3:53 pm

    Thanks for the walkthrough, I came here right after the Announcement.

  21. David

    10/22/2013 at 5:31 pm

    Herewith the quickest and best way to create a bootable USB Flash Drive installation:

    https://davss.com/tech/bootable-usb-os-x/

  22. Randall York

    10/22/2013 at 7:13 pm

    I used your instructions to create a bootable USB drive, but I am not performing a clean install (the USB drive is a backup if I need to reformat for some reason) What are the proper commands to reverse the “show all files” back to the default setting?

    Thanks for the tutorial! Great info.

    • Asim

      10/25/2013 at 12:05 am

      Just replace TRUE with a FALSE in the previous command and you’re good to go.

      • Randall York

        10/25/2013 at 10:02 am

        Nope Asim… that did not seem to have any effect (and I also ran the killall command as well)

  23. Israel

    10/22/2013 at 7:50 pm

    For those using a external hard drive, the external hard drive must be one partition. I first did it with multiple partitions and it would not boot. You can also use this….. quickest method by far https://musings.silvertooth.us/2013/10/mavericks-bootable-disk-creation-tool/

  24. macappstorereviewShaun

    10/22/2013 at 7:53 pm

    The default naming for the Boot Camp partition is “Untitled”, and the system actually labeled my flash drive as “Untitled 1”. Didn’t realize this until my boot camp partition was erased….

  25. Steve

    10/22/2013 at 10:05 pm

    I did everything fine but when install I get error message “cannot connect to /var/run/systemkeychaincheck.socket: no such file or directory maverick”

    • Vincenzo

      10/23/2013 at 1:24 am

      Hi, I have your same problem Steve. Did you solve it?
      Is possible that the file is damaged?
      Thanks

      • Steve

        10/23/2013 at 6:34 am

        Snow is having the same problem

      • Jeffrey Singleton

        05/09/2014 at 9:52 pm

        You have to set your date/time/timezone in Terminal to fix this…by default the Installer is set to US/Pacific time but the time is incorrect.

    • Dave

      10/25/2013 at 12:23 am

      I’m getting the same issue, at the very end of the install on a Mini. I hangs with ‘About a second remaining’. Upon hard reboot it does not show the target drive as bootable, I had to boot the installer usb drive again just to see what was going on. It happened a few times now, I can’t seem to get past this. My comp is useless.

  26. Snow

    10/23/2013 at 1:32 am

    Upon successfully creating a USB I attempted to install from scratch how it sticks with “about one second left” and has showed this for over an hour – has happened three times now :(

    • Welington Veiga

      10/23/2013 at 3:00 am

      Snow, I wait about 20 minutes for this second. try to wait for some minutes.

      • Steve

        10/23/2013 at 6:37 am

        Waited 30 minutes for this second, but nothing happened. This happened around 5 times
        Anyone know why?

        • Aniket

          10/23/2013 at 8:20 am

          Been waiting for an hour at “about one second left”………any advice?

    • junaidkureshi

      10/24/2013 at 12:22 pm

      I did same now this is my 6th attempt i waited for 30 minutes each, but that never finished, i read on other sites that it takes while depending on machine but it endue installing Maverick, so I’m leaving it whole night, ill see in morning if its done or not.

  27. Welington Veiga

    10/23/2013 at 2:59 am

    Answering already on Mavericks!
    Thank you, it was my first OSX install.

  28. Jerry May

    10/23/2013 at 3:56 am

    When it asks for a pasword during the terminal command to copy to bootable usb disk…this is your Rootpasw…for the people not familiar with terminal…

  29. Alex

    10/23/2013 at 4:14 am

    there were an error when terminal tried to make the usb-stick bootable. Now i can not format (and delete) the usb-stick again with disk utility. It says, that the usb-stick can’t be deactived. any help?

  30. EvenSteven

    10/23/2013 at 4:23 am

    Hey guys when it asks for the password in terminal, i try to enter it but no characters are shown, i click enter and it says its wrong password. It’s blank and looks like I havent typed a password…why is it like that? What do i do

  31. stevenngEvenSteven

    10/23/2013 at 4:29 am

    Nevermind, its supposed to be blank. Although, I forgot my root password so i tried to restore it by rebooting the system and pressing cmd+r and then going to terminal and typing resetpassword and choosing the root user and a new password. When i reboot the computer afterwards and go back to terminal inside the OS, and write the password down after the sudo command it says that it is the wrong password. What can the problem be? How do i reset my damn root password?

    • EvenSteven

      10/23/2013 at 7:49 am

      nvm, solved it and I’m running fresh n clean install of mavericks thanks to this fantastic guide

  32. TOMO

    10/23/2013 at 4:45 am

    Can I use this method to upgrade from 10.5.7 or will it make me purchase Snow Leopard?

  33. Guillaume

    10/23/2013 at 5:21 am

    With first method, while launching command line
    “sudo /Applications/Install\ OS\ X\ Mavericks.app…….”
    If you get error “error erasing disk error… An error occuring when erasing the disk”
    Just change acces for every one as read and write with your USB key.

  34. steve

    10/23/2013 at 7:42 am

    graig, i don’t understand your method here.

    1) i have mountain lion installed and it was clean installed without having to attach bootable USB drive. i was able to erase everything and clean install. but you mentioned i need to have bootable drive. why different in OS maverick?

    2) also you mentioned that ” Choose the USB drive that you just made (usually called OS X Base System in this case and will be colored orange). Click on the arrow pointing upwards below the drive icon to get started.”
    why click on USB drive when you about to install new OS maverick? it sounds like this will install new OS maverick onto USB drive instead of installing on Mac hard drive. I’m confused here.

    thanks

  35. Kumar

    10/23/2013 at 9:15 am

    Hi There help me
    I have just simply upgraded and it’s running fine .. Now where i can locate that 5.69 GB image . i don’t want to download again for another mac.
    Thanks

  36. Lukáš Frank

    10/23/2013 at 9:37 am

    Hi, quick question: Will this “clean slate protocol” work if I use disk utility to create a new partition (50GB) so Mavericks can be installed there??? After the installation I would just transfer the files I want from the old partition and then do the format of this disk partition and then merge the old partition with the new one. The reason for this is that I dont have any external hard drive. Thank you very much for your response !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  37. Ey Jay (@seniorbrusko)

    10/23/2013 at 11:26 am

    I found this guide after upgrading to maverick, is there something i can do to fresh install? I’ve tried re-downloading from the App Store but it wont just move.

  38. Thanks for posting such detailed instructions. Everything worked like a champ.

    EXCEPT that when formatting the hard drive, I chose the physical drive instead of the logical drive, and I lost my recovery partition. This means, among other things, that I can’t turn on File Vault 2. Does anyone know how to set up the destination drive so that it has the proper partitioning to allow File Vault 2 (and the bootable recovery drive)?

    Thanks.

  39. vincenzo

    10/23/2013 at 3:03 pm

    Hi, thanks for the guide. I managed to install Maverick. Now my problem is that I’m trying to restore a backup done on the time capsule and that time machine doesn’t recognise. I think it happening because I renewed the hard disk. Have you got any idea how I can fix this problem?

  40. Evandro Guedes

    10/23/2013 at 4:25 pm

    You’re a Genius, thank you so much!

  41. Barnaby

    10/23/2013 at 6:13 pm

    Be VERY VERY VERY careful to use that “sudo /Applications/Install” command, especially if you have bootcamp installed. My bootcamp Windows 7 drive was called Untitled, so this wiped out everything on that drive.

  42. Barquely Milquetoast

    10/23/2013 at 7:16 pm

    Update: I went to all the trouble of installing Lion, verified that the Recovery HD partition had been created, then erased just the main partition of my physical drive and installed Mavericks. The Recovery HD partition is gone and I’m right back where I started, 12 hours later.

  43. S Malhotra

    10/23/2013 at 7:42 pm

    You know the issue is after having a clean install, the music, pictures and movies icon don’t appear at the sidebar in finder favourites. I doubt that whether the clean install is correct as on the contrary the apple website in the mavericks pictures gallery have the folders in the finder sidebar.

    Please Help!!!!

    PS: I know how to put icons there.

  44. John

    10/24/2013 at 3:49 am

    Anyone getting the /var/run/systemkeychaincheck.socket error just be patient, it hands on one second left for about 35 minutes – just as I was about to give up the system rebooted and it was fine

    • Tim

      10/25/2013 at 6:59 pm

      Also I had the same thing happen. It hang and hang on the one second for about 30 mins. While I was here Googling about trying to see the cause of the error it sent to 0 Seconds Remaining and hung there for another 2-3 minutes. Then rebooted and seems to be installing Mavericks “normally”.

      Whatever the App is Apple is using to stretch time like that, I could really use some days ;)

  45. Kamazuki Junuh

    10/24/2013 at 4:57 am

    I’m already on Maverick. Apparently the install file was deleted after the upgrade. Where can I download the install file. Don’t tell me to go to the App Store because I have tried and failed to download.

    • C110User

      10/25/2013 at 7:04 pm

      So I won’t tell you to go to the App Store (since you already have tried and failed!).
      Instead let me just point out that I already installed Mavericks, then decided to do a clean install, so I had to go to the App Store and downloaded the install file (it works!).

      FYI: the cnet website shows instructions about a clean install of Mavericks and the first step is:

      Step 1: Download the OS X Mavericks installer from the App Store, but don’t run the installer yet. If you’ve already upgraded, you’ll have to download the installer again from the App Store, since it deletes itself after the upgrade. Make sure the installer is located in the Applications folder.

  46. Konstantin Tieber (@MrxKons)

    10/24/2013 at 8:40 am

    Hey guys I’ve created a video tutorial on how to do this based on this article! You are welcome to check it out, hope it helps! https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=LYDi52wCq2g

  47. Junaid

    10/24/2013 at 9:39 am

    Hey guyz i made a usb drive with installer following these terminal command and now im in between clean install after agree selecting my formated main HDD, on installing windoe blue line keeps filling and in the end its saying about a sec remain but its still working since 20 minutes, is it normal or there is something wrong, no error msg is there its showing blue line and installing.

  48. Chimaobi

    10/24/2013 at 1:15 pm

    Worked perfectly on my MBA mid-2012 using a partitioned external hard-drive. Writing this on Mavericks!

    Thanks to you.

  49. Cody

    10/24/2013 at 8:24 pm

    Now that I have installed mavericks as a clean install I can no longer access old time machine backups from mountain lion. I physically want to go inside my backups so I can pick and choose what I wan to restore. IE just photos or just music. Any thoughts?

    • vincenzo

      10/25/2013 at 2:12 pm

      Hi, I’ve got the same problem. I can use the automatic process but fortunately I can still access manually to each single backup folder. I think it happened baca use I renamed the hard disk ;) at the end I will restore my file, format the time capsule and start again :(

    • C110User

      10/25/2013 at 8:37 pm

      Use the Migration Assistant to restore accounts (&ID’s) and settings from Time Machine. Make sure the check-box to restore all your data is blank.
      With the ‘proper’ accounts restored you can access the Time Machine to pick & choose what you want to restore.

  50. lisa

    10/25/2013 at 9:33 am

    getting this in finder after copying and pasting the command:

    /Volumes/Untitled is not a valid volume mount point.

    verified that /Volumes/Untitled exists…. what could be wrong here?

    • Colin

      11/02/2013 at 10:58 am

      Type “cd /Volumes” in Terminal and press return. then type “ls” and press return. A list should pop up of all valid entries – if your drive is not there, it may not be correctly mounted. unplug it, plug it back in, and if still not mounting, try using Disk Utility to see if it can mount it.

  51. Jared

    10/25/2013 at 6:00 pm

    There is no Recovery partition created in the second method, and the first method (would probably do this as well), unfortunately, it doesn’t work for me.

  52. Patrick Uszodi

    10/26/2013 at 12:19 am

    Basically perfect how-to. In the copying of the dmg onto the formatted drive you may want to specify that it’s the volume/single partition that you created you have to use. If you try the drive itself it flips

  53. Jeff

    10/26/2013 at 2:23 am

    Having issues with just installing mavericks over 10.7 so I want to do a fresh install. I can only run 10.9 in safe mode. Question about the bootable disk. I formatted one last night but didn’t make it bootable. I then copied all of the files I wanted to keep to it. Can I still make this USB bootable with the new OS on it? It is my first Mac and I’ve never had any issues until now.

    I have a 15 inch early 2011 MacBook Pro.

  54. Jeff L

    10/26/2013 at 12:01 pm

    So if I’m understanding this, the main reasons to create a bootable Mavericks installer are:

    1) Easier to upgrade multiple Macs
    2) It’s a great emergency tool in case of drive problems
    3) Easy way to do a clean install since that’s no longer a built-in option.

    Great, but if you’re only interested in option 3), will the following work?

    1) Download the Mavericks Installer but do not run it.
    2) Make a bootable copy of your computer on a backup USB/Thunderbolt drive using a tool like CCC or Super Duper.
    3) Boot from the backup drive
    4) Run Disk Utility and erase your original drive
    5) Run the Mavericks Installer and select your original drive as the install destination.

  55. Ashley Holmes

    10/28/2013 at 4:26 pm

    I did this today and it worked beautifully. Now I have a question. How can we do this for Mountain Lion using terminal as I would like partition my drive and run Mountain Lion also.

  56. Andreas K

    11/18/2013 at 7:36 am

    Another option if you don’t want to make an external boot drive with Mavericks is to do a clean reinstall of Mountain Lion from the already existing boot partition and then just upgrade to mavericks once that has been done…

  57. Carlos Marli

    11/18/2013 at 12:42 pm

    Very useful :) Thank you

  58. Francisco

    11/29/2013 at 2:49 am

    1.Open up Disk Utility again and choose BaseSystem.dmg from the sidebar. Click the Restore tab.
    2.Next, with Source set to BaseSystem.dmg, set Destination to the USB drive by dragging the USB drive into the Destination box.

    I can only drag to the Source the OSX Base System. not the basesystem.dmg. What I’m doing wrong?

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How to Fix Bad iOS 14 Performance

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As we push away from the iOS 14 release date we’re hearing about a number of issues including a variety of performance problems impacting iPhone models.

While a lot of the feedback about iOS 14 has been great, we’ve been having a good experience across most of our devices, we’ve also been hearing about bugs and performance issues.

The current list includes UI lag, freezes, lock ups, and random reboots. These are extremely common, particularly on older iPhone models. Newer iPhones aren’t immune to them though.

Unfortunately, performance issues such as these can be tricky to fix. While you might be able to fix them on your own, some might require a fix from Apple in a new software update.

If you can’t wait and/or you don’t have time to get in touch with Apple support, we have some fixes that could help alleviate the performance issue(s) you’re seeing on your device.

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Restart Your iPhone

If you start noticing UI lag or another performance issue on your iPhone, try restarting it. Power it down, leave it off for a minute, and the turn it back on.

Update Your iPhone

Apple will periodically release new iOS 14 software. Point updates (x.x.x) are usually focused on fixing bugs while milestone upgrades (x.x) usually deliver a mix of features and fixes. And while Apple might not call out performance fixes in an update’s change log, new software always has the potential to help (or hurt) your iPhone’s overall performance.

For more on the latest version of iOS 14, take a look at our guide.

Update Your Apps

If you haven’t done so already, try updating your applications to the latest version.

App developers are currently rolling out iOS 14 support updates and they could help stabilize iOS 14’s performance on your device.

Before you install the latest version be sure to go into the App Store and read reviews from other iOS 14 users. If the reviews are mostly good, you’ll want to download the latest version.

Reset Your Settings

If you’re still not getting the kind of performance you would like, try resetting your iPhone’s settings. Here’s how to do that on iOS 14:

  • Go to Settings.
  • Tap General.
  • Tap Reset.
  • Tap Reset All Settings.
  • Enter your passcode if you have one enabled.

This will restore your iPhone’s settings to their factory defaults so be sure you have your Wi-Fi passwords handy. You’ll need to re-enter them.

Cleanup Your Storage

If you’ve had your iPhone for several years there’s a very chance you’ve got a lot of clutter taking up space on its internal storage. Deleting this clutter could help speed up your iPhone.

To start, you’ll want to check and see how much space is free on your device. Here’s how to do that:

  • Head into Settings.
  • Tap General.
  • Tap Storage & iCloud Usage.
  • Select Manage Storage.

If you’re getting close to the threshold you’ll want to head back into General and scroll to where it says iPhone Storage. Here you’ll get a detailed rundown of your data.

Apple will make some recommendations based on your utilization of your storage, but you can also just go through each section manually and delete files you don’t need.

Stop Automatic Downloads

iOS’ automatic update feature can be useful, but a constant stream of updates will make your iPhone work in the background.

If you’re alright with manually updating your applications on the App Store, try disabling Automatic Downloads on your iPhone and see if performance improves a bit.

To do this you’ll head into Settings. From there, Tap iTunes & App Store. From there you’ll want to toggle Updates, located in the Automatic Downloads section, off. You might want to toggle the other options off as well.

Disable Widgets

iOS 14 brought some big time upgrades to iOS’ Widgets. That being said, if you don’t use Widgets on your iPhone, try disabling some or all of them to see if that helps.

To do that you’ll want to swipe to the right while you’re on your iPhone’s home screen. After that, you have two options. You can:

  1. Hard press on an individual Widget
  2. Scroll all the way to bottom of the screen and select Edit. This will cause them to start wiggling.

If you hard press on a Widget, a small menu will popup. To remove a widget you’ll want to tap on Remove Widget at the top.

If you selected Edit at the bottom, you can tap the minus sign on a wiggling Widget to remove it. You can also scroll down to the bottom and select Customize. This will allow you to quickly add or subtract Widgets.

We recommend disabling Widgets you don’t use. Remember, you can always turn them back on if you don’t notice a bump in performance.

Clear Browser Cookies & Data

Clearing your browser’s cookies and data will free up memory which could have a positive impact on your phone’s performance.

If you use Apple’s Safari browser go into the Settings app, tap Safari, and scroll down to where it says Clear History and Website Data. Tap on it.

Tapping this will remove your browsing history, cookies, and other data from Safari. History will also be cleared from any devices signed into your iCloud account. If you’re fine with that, tap Clear History and Data again.

If you use Google Chrome, you’ll want to head into the app and tap the three horizontal circles in the bottom right corner. They’re in the top right corner if you haven’t updated to Chrome’s new design.

Once there, tap Settings, tap Privacy, and now tap Clear Browsing Data. You can now select what you wish to delete. If you’re noticing heavy lag, you might want to clear everything.

Stop Using Background Refresh

iOS 14’s Background App Refresh refreshes apps in the background to show you the latest data when you open them up. It also makes your phone work in the background so if you don’t need this, you might want to shut it off.

Here’s how you disable it:

  • Go into the Settings app.
  • Tap General.
  • Tap Background App Refresh.
  • At the top tap Background App Refresh and toggle it off.

If you want to keep it on for some apps, leave it on and then go down your list of apps and manually turn it off for apps you don’t use.

Downgrade

If you were having a good experience on the previous version of iOS, you could try downgrading your iPhone’s software. If you don’t know how to downgrade, have a look at our walkthrough. It’ll guide you through the steps you need to take.

Restore

If you can’t find a fix for your issue, and you want to avoid taking your phone into a store, you might want to restore your device. This should only be used as a last resort.

You can do this via Finder, iTunes, or iCloud.

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Install iOS 14 for Better Security

If security is important to you, think about installing the iOS 14 update right away.

iOS 14 brings 11 new security patches to your iPhone. If you're interested in the exact nature of these improvements, you can read about them over on Apple's website.

If you skipped iOS 13.7 or any older versions of iOS 13, you'll get the security patches from those updates with your iOS 14 update. 

In addition to those patches, iOS 14 comes with some security and privacy upgrades including improvements to Home/HomeKit and Safari. 

For instance in Safari, you can now tap the Privacy Report button to better understand how websites handle your privacy.

With iOS 14 on board you can now get information on the App Store that will help you understand the privacy practices of apps before you download them. 

There is also a new recording indicator that will appear at the top of your screen whenever an app is using your microphone or camera. You can see if an app has used them recently in Control Center.

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8 Things to Know About the iPhone 6s iOS 14 Update

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The iOS 14 update is out of beta testing which means iPhone 6s and iPhone 6s Plus users around the world can now download Apple’s new operating system.

Apple’s decision to push iOS 14 to the iPhone 6s and iPhone 6s Plus came as a bit of a surprise given their age. They were released all the way back in 2015.

The company’s decision means iPhone 6s and iPhone 6s Plus users now have another full year of software support to look forward to. That might convince some people to skip the iPhone 12 and hold onto their aging phone for another year or more.

The iPhone 6s’ iOS 14 update is a big one. The new operating system comes with a long list of changes including new features, under-the-hood improvements, and security patches.

Many users have already made the jump to iOS 14 which means we’re starting to get feedback about the software’s performance. So far, a lot of it is good, but we’ve also heard about various bugs and performance issues.

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If you decide to install iOS 14 on your iPhone, note that it requires a ton of free space on your internal storage. It’s a 2GB+ download.

If you’re running an older version of iOS on your iPhone 6s or iPhone 6s Plus, your iOS 14 upgrade could be larger because the features and fixes from iOS updates you skipped are baked in.

With that in mind, we want to take you through the most important things to know, right now, about the iPhone 6s’ iOS 14 update.

Our walkthrough will take you through the software’s initial problems, the downgrade status, the iOS 14 jailbreak, and the iPhone 6 iOS 14 update’s performance.

We’ll start with the software’s performance. We’ve been testing iOS 14 on the iPhone 6s update for a short time and here’s what we’ve learned.

iPhone 6s iOS 14 Impressions & Performance

We recently installed the iOS 14 update on an iPhone 6s that was previous running iOS 13.7. The download and installation took quite awhile, more than 20 minutes, so that’s what you should expect if you decide to install it this week.

So far, the software’s performance has been excellent. iOS 14 feels faster than iOS 13. Animations and transitions are snappy and apps open up quickly.

While the user interface would sometimes lag on iOS 13, that hasn’t been the case on iOS 14. We haven’t noticed any lag in problem areas like Control Center, Notification Center, or the keyboard.

We’ve only been using the software for a short time, but battery life is stable. We haven’t seen any abnormal battery drain and that’s a good sign right out of the gates.

Our core applications, which include Slack, Asana, Spotify, Chrome, and Gmail, are all stable. The Netflix crashed once while trying to watch a show, but we’re not going to pin it on iOS 14 just yet.

Developers are rolling out iOS 14 support updates so if you’re having issues with one of your apps, make sure you’re running the latest version.

As of right now, iOS 14 is running smoothly on our phone. We haven’t run into any game-changing performance issues and we’ll let you know if that changes in the days ahead.

Right now we’re recommending iOS 14 to most iPhone 6s and iPhone 6s Plus users. If you’re feeling leery, have a look at our reasons to, and not to, install iOS 14 right now.

You Should Prepare for iOS 14

If you plan to install iOS 14 in the near future, make sure you prepare yourself, and the device, for the move.

While some of you might see a performance boost after moving up from iOS 13, others will run into trouble. This is why it’s important to prepare.

If you don’t know where to start, we’ve released a pre-installation guide that will take you step-by-step through the process we typically use before we install new iOS software on our iPhones. If you’re new to the iPhone and iOS, or you just want to play it safe, it could help.

At the very least you’ll want to make sure all of your data is backed up before you move your phone to the new operating system.

iPhone 6s iOS 14 Problems

We haven’t run into any major issues during our time on iOS 14, but many users have.

The current list of iOS 14 problems includes abnormal battery drain, UI lag, issues with first and third-party apps, Touch ID issues, touchscreen problems, Exchange issues, Wi-Fi issues, Bluetooth problems, and more.

This is only the beginning. You can expect the list to grow as more iPhone 6s and iPhone 6s Plus users upgrade to the new firmware.

If you’re nervous about the current state of iOS 14 problems, you might want to hang back and wait for Apple’s next batch of bug fixes. They should arrive soon.

How to Fix iPhone 6s iOS 14 Problems

If you run into an issue on iOS 14 you might be able to fix the problem(s) on your own.

If you don’t know where to start, our list of fixes for the most common iOS 14 problems is a great place to start.

If you’re noticing horrendous battery life after the move to iOS 14, our tips should help you improve battery life going forward. And if you’re experiencing bad performance (lag, slow download speeds, etc), take a look at our guide to fixing bad iOS performance.

iOS 13 Downgrade Open

If you move your iPhone 6s or iPhone 6s Plus to iOS 14, and you run into bugs or performance issues, you could try moving back to iOS 13.

Apple is currently signing on iOS 13.7 which means you can drop your iPhone’s software back in an attempt to improve its performance.

The company won’t sign on iOS 13 forever so if you really want to get your phone off of iOS 14, you’ll need to drop back soon. Once Apple stops signing on iOS 13.7, there won’t be a way back to the previous operating system.

If you’re unfamiliar with the downgrade process, take a look at our guide.

iPhone 6s iOS 14 Update: What’s New

The iPhone 6s and iPhone 6s Plus get a pretty stacked version of iOS 14. While the devices do miss out on a few features, the key features are all there.

Some of the highlights include Widgets on the home screen, improvements to Messages and Maps, the new Translate app, and a laundry list of changes to Siri.

We’ve put together a guide that will take you through some of iOS 14’s best features and it’s worth a look if you haven’t dug into the new operating system yet.

If you’re moving up from an older version of iOS 13 you’ll, again, get the features and fixes from the updates you skipped. We also have a guide that goes over the latest iOS 13 features and you should check it out if you’re running old software.

What’s Next for the iPhone 6s & iPhone 6s Plus

If your device is struggling on iOS 14, or you’re leery about upgrading, you won’t have to wait long for Apple’s first batch of bug fixes.

Apple recently told CNET that it is “aware of an issue that can impact default email and browser settings in iOS 14 and iPadOS 14 and that a “fix will be available to users in a software update.” It didn’t call a version out by name.

The company recently confirmed an iOS 14.2 update and there’s also been chatter about an iOS 14.1 release alongside the iPhone 12 series in October. We could also see a fast iOS 14.0.1 release.

One way or another, we should see a new version of iOS 14 roll out soon and that’s great news for those of you looking to squash bugs or performance issues.

iPhone 6s iOS 14 Jailbreak

Developers have released an iOS 13 jailbreak tool that’s compatible with iOS 13.5 and older versions of iOS 13. However, we haven’t seen anything for iOS 14.

Earlier this year the developers behind the “unc0ver” jailbreaking tool released version 5.0.0. It’s compatible with iOS 13.5 and most versions of iOS that fall between iOS 13.5 and iOS 11.0.

It doesn’t work with iOS 12.3-12.3.2, iOS 12.4.2-12.4.5, or iOS 13.7-iOS 13.5.1. It doesn’t work with the current version of iOS 14 either.

We don’t know when or even if we’ll see a public iOS 14 jailbreak tool so keep your eyes peeled for new information as we push deeper into the month.

For more on the iOS 13 jailbreak, head here.

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Install iOS 14 for Better Security

Install iOS 14 for Better Security

If security is important to you, think about installing the iOS 14 update right away.

iOS 14 brings 11 new security patches to your iPhone. If you're interested in the exact nature of these improvements, you can read about them over on Apple's website.

If you skipped iOS 13.7 or any older versions of iOS 13, you'll get the security patches from those updates with your iOS 14 update. 

In addition to those patches, iOS 14 comes with some security and privacy upgrades including improvements to Home/HomeKit and Safari. 

For instance in Safari, you can now tap the Privacy Report button to better understand how websites handle your privacy.

With iOS 14 on board you can now get information on the App Store that will help you understand the privacy practices of apps before you download them. 

There is also a new recording indicator that will appear at the top of your screen whenever an app is using your microphone or camera. You can see if an app has used them recently in Control Center.

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iPadOS 14 Problems: 5 Things You Need to Know

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The iPadOS 14 beta squashed a good number of bugs, but issues are present in the first official version of the new operating system.

At long last iPadOS 14 is available for iPad. The software is compatible with all iPad, iPad mini, iPad Air, and iPad Pro models capable of running iPadOS 13.

While much of the talk is about iPadOS 14’s new features, the new software also has numerous under-the-hood improvements on board and some iPad users are noticing a big difference in performance after making the jump.

A lot of the feedback about iPadOS 14 is good, but we’re also hearing about some of the early issues plaguing the firmware. Some of these problems are brand new, others have carried over from iPadOS 13.

In this guide to iPadOS 14 problems we’ll take you through the current state of the software. We’ll show you where to find potential fixes for the most common iPadOS 14 problems and provide you with some resources that could help if you do happen to run into trouble.

We’ll also touch on the state of the iPadOS 13 downgrade and outline what you can expect from Apple and iPadOS 14 down the road.

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iPadOS 14 Problems

iPad mini, iPad Pro, iPad Air, and iPad users are complaining about a variety of bugs and performance issues including some that appear every time Apple releases a new operating system.

The early list of iPadOS 14 problems includes download and installation problems, UI lag, crashes, issues with first and third-party apps, Face ID problems, Wi-Fi issues, and Bluetooth issues.

iPadOS 14 lets users set third-party applications as alternatives to the company’s default mail and browser apps. However, iPad users have discovered that the software reverts these apps to Apple’s whenever a device is restarted. Fortunately, Apple is working on a fix.

The company recently told CNET that it is “aware of an issue that can impact default email and browser settings in iOS 14 and iPadOS 14 and that a “fix will be available to users in a software update.”

If you haven’t downloaded iPadOS 14 yet, we recommend preparing yourself, and your iPad, for the move. A little prep work ahead of time could help you avoid major headaches.

We’ve put together a step-by-step pre-installation process and it will help you get ready for the installation.

Where to Find Feedback

If you’re currently running iPadOS 13 and you’re feeling leery about the move to iPadOS 14, you’ll want to dig into feedback from early adopters.

We also recommend digging around on YouTubeApple’s discussion forums, social media sites like Twitter/Facebook, and the MacRumors forums for additional feedback about the update’s performance.

We’ve also released our list of reasons to, and not to, make the jump to iPadOS 14.

How to Fix iPadOS 14 Problems

Before you contact Apple, have a look at our list of fixes for the most common Apple software problems. You might find the fix you’ve been looking for.

We’ve also released a list of tips that could help you improve your device’s performance and a guide that will show you how to fix  battery life problems.

If you can’t find a fix in those guides, head on over to Apple’s discussion forums. If you don’t find what you’re looking for there, you might want to get in contact with Apple Support via Twitter or via the the company’s website.

If nothing works, you’ll probably want to make an appointment to see a Genius at your local Apple Store if it’s open.

You Can Downgrade from iPadOS 14

If you can’t stand the iPadOS 14 update’s performance on your iPad, you can try downgrading back to iPadOS 13.

Apple is currently signing on iPadOS 13.7 which means you can use a loophole and bring your iPad’s software back if you think it could help improve performance.

Unfortunately, Apple’s no longer signing on iPadOS 13.6.1 or any older versions of iPadOS which means there’s no way back to those updates.

For more about how the downgrade process works, take a look at our detailed walkthrough.

What’s Next

If you’re struggling on iPadOS 14, or you’re nervous about upgrading to Apple’s new operating system, you might want to wait for Apple’s first batch of bug fixes for iPadOS 14 problems.

Apple is currently working on iPadOS 14.2, a new milestone update. The update is currently in beta and it should carry new features and bug fixes.

We don’t have an iPadOS 14.2 release date to look forward to just yet. If you can’t wait for the official release you can download the beta.

There’s a good chance we see another version of iPadOS 14 (iPadOS 14.0.1 or iPadOS 14.1) roll out sooner than iPadOS 14.2 so keep an eye out as we push toward the end of the month.

For more on iPadOS 14.2, take a look at our guide.

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Install iPadOS 14 for Better Security

Install iPadOS 14 for Better Security

If security is important to you, and it should be, think about installing iPadOS 14 right now. 

iPadOS 14 has 11 new security patches on board. If you're interested in the exact nature of these improvements, you can read about them over on Apple's website

If you skipped iPadOS 13.7 or any older versions of iPadOS 13, you'll get the security patches from those updates with your upgrade. They're baked in.

In addition to those patches, iPadOS 14 comes with some security and privacy upgrades including improvements to Home/HomeKit and Safari. 

For instance in Safari, you can now tap the Privacy Report button to better understand how websites handle your privacy.

With iPadOS 14 on board you can now get information on the App Store that will help you understand the privacy practices of apps before you download them. 

There is also a new recording indicator that will appear at the top of your screen whenever an app is using your microphone or camera. You can see if an app has used them recently in Control Center.

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5 Things to Know About the iPadOS 14.2 Update

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Apple’s confirmed a new iPadOS 14.2 update and the firmware is currently in beta ahead of a release for iPadiPad ProiPad Air, and iPad mini.

iPadOS 14.2 is a milestone upgrade (x.x) for iPadOS which means it should bring a mix of new features and under-the-hood improvements to Apple’s new operating system.

iPadOS 14.2’s arrival came as a bit of a surprise because Apple hasn’t confirmed iPadOS 14.1 yet. There’s a chance iPadOS 14.2 serves as iPadOS 14.0’s successor, but we should see another version of iPadOS 14 arrive before it.

iPad users who don’t want to wait for the official iPadOS 14.2 release don’t have to. The iPadOS 14.2 update is available to try right now via Apple’s beta program.

With iPadOS 14.2 confirmed, we want to take you through everything there is to know about the firmware.

In this guide to iPadOS 14.2 we’ll take you through the update’s known changes, what you can expect from the iPadOS 14.2 release date and release time, key information about the iPadOS 14.2 beta, and more.

iPadOS 14.2 Beta

If you can’t wait for the official release you can download an early version of the iPadOS 14.2 update right now.

Apple’s pushed an iPadOS 14.2 beta to developers. We expect it to release a beta to those enrolled in the Beta Software Program, but it’s unclear when that will happen.

The company’s Beta Software Program is free to anyone with a working Apple ID.

Before you download the iPadOS 14.2 beta on your tablet remember that pre-release software is almost always plagued with bugs and performance issues.

These issues could impact the performance of your core apps, your device’s battery life, and its overall speed which makes the software less than ideal for a daily driver.

You should be able to fix some of these problems on your own, but some bugs and performance problems will probably require a fix from Apple in a future beta or in the official release.

If you can’t stand the beta’s performance you can downgrade back to older software though Apple is only signing on iPadOS 14.0 and iPadOS 13.7. The downgrade path to other updates is closed.

iPadOS 14.2 Release Date

Apple hasn’t confirmed a iPadOS 14.2 release date.

Nothing is confirmed, but the company is reportedly planning to launch iOS 14.1 alongside the new iPhone 12 series in October.  The iPhone 12 launch is expected to take place sometime during the first half of the month.

If that pans out, Apple could release iOS 14.1/iPadOS 14.1 shortly before they arrive on shelves with the iPadOS 14.2 release coming sometime later.

We could also see the iPadOS 14.1 update drop first followed by an iPadOS 14.2 release alongside the new iPhones in late October.

Apple recently told CNET that it is “aware of an issue that can impact default email and browser settings in iOS 14 and iPadOS 14 and that a “fix will be available to users in a software update.”

Given the nature of the bug, we could see a new version of iPadOS 14 (perhaps iPadOS 14.0.1 or iPadOS 14.1) roll out before iPadOS 14.2 arrives.

We’ll let you know when we learn more.

iPadOS 14.2 Release Time

The iPadOS 14.2 release date isn’t known, but we know exactly when Apple will roll the software out on release day.

The official version of iPadOS 14.2 will probably arrive in and around 10AM Pacific. It sometimes takes a few minutes for software updates to show up so don’t be surprised if your update appears after the clock strikes 10AM.

Apple will also release iPadOS 14.2 beta updates in and around 10AM Pacific. The company typically releases new beta updates every 1-2 weeks.

Here’s what you can expect from the iPadOS 14.2 release time in other U.S. timezones:

  • Eastern – 1 PM
  • Central – 12 PM
  • Mountain – 11AM

Keep these times in mind if you plan to install new iPadOS 14.2 betas, or the official version of iPadOS 14.2, right away.

iPadOS 14.2 Update: What’s New

Apple’s x.x updates always bring a mix of features, security patches, and under-the-hood improvements and that’s what you can expect from iPadOS 14.2.

Developers digging through the first iPadOS 14.2 beta have discovered a new Music Recognition control for Control Center. The feature will let users discover music around them.

Apple could add, or subtract, from the iPadOS 14.2 change log as the beta progresses so keep an eye out for changes as the software makes progress behind the scenes.

iPadOS 14.2 Jailbreak

If you still jailbreak, make sure you avoid the iPadOS 14.2 beta. The only way you can jailbreak a device right now is if it’s running an older version of iPadOS 13 or iOS 12.

We don’t expect them to release a tool that’s compatible with the iPadOS 14.2 beta.

4 Reasons Not to Install iPadOS 14 & 11 Reasons You Should

Install iPadOS 14 for Better Security

Install iPadOS 14 for Better Security

If security is important to you, and it should be, think about installing iPadOS 14 right now. 

iPadOS 14 has 11 new security patches on board. If you're interested in the exact nature of these improvements, you can read about them over on Apple's website

If you skipped iPadOS 13.7 or any older versions of iPadOS 13, you'll get the security patches from those updates with your upgrade. They're baked in.

In addition to those patches, iPadOS 14 comes with some security and privacy upgrades including improvements to Home/HomeKit and Safari. 

For instance in Safari, you can now tap the Privacy Report button to better understand how websites handle your privacy.

With iPadOS 14 on board you can now get information on the App Store that will help you understand the privacy practices of apps before you download them. 

There is also a new recording indicator that will appear at the top of your screen whenever an app is using your microphone or camera. You can see if an app has used them recently in Control Center.

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5 Things to Know About the iPadOS 14.0 Update

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Apple’s pushed its long-awaited iPadOS 14 update to iPad users around the world and the new software could have a big impact on your tablet’s performance.

After several months of testing, iPadOS 14 is finally out of beta and ready to download. It’s a massive upgrade for iPad, iPad Pro, iPad Air, or iPad mini.

If your iPad is currently running iPadOS 13.7, you get the smallest list of changes. If you’re moving up from an older version of iPadOS, your iPadOS 14 update will be more substantial because you’ll get the features and fixes from any software updates you skipped in your upgrade.

With iPadOS 14 out of testing, we want to take you through everything there is to know about Apple’s latest and greatest operating system.

In this guide to the first version of iPadOS 14 we’ll take you through the update’s performance, the current list of iPadOS 14 problems, the best places to find feedback about bugs and performance issues, the iPadOS 14 jailbreak status, and more.

We’ll start with our impressions of iPadOS 14 update’s performance.

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iPadOS 14 Review

If your tablet is currently on iPadOS 13.7, you’ll see a large download.

For iPadOS 13.7 users, the iPadOS 14.0 update requires a 2GB+ download. The exact download size will vary based on your device and the version of iPadOS 13 your device is running. If your slate is on an older version of iPadOS 13 you could see a larger download size.

The iPadOS 14 installation will probably take at least 10 minutes to complete. It took about 15 minutes to install on an older iPad Pro.

For more on the iPadOS 14 download and installation, take a look at our guide.

We’ve been using the iPadOS 14 update on the iPad Pro for a short time and here’s what we’ve learned thus far:

Connectivity

  • Battery life is currently stable.
  • Wi-Fi connectivity is fast and reliable.
  • Bluetooth is working fine.
  • GPS and cellular data are both working normally.

Apps

  • Third-party apps like Netflix, Dark Sky, Twitter, Slack, Asana, Gmail, Chrome, and Spotify are behaving normally.
  • First party apps like Safari, Podcasts, and Calendar are stable as well.

Speed

  • iPadOS 14 feels a bit faster than iPadOS 13.

If you’re dealing with problems on iPadOS 13.7 or an older version of iPadOS 13, you might want to install the iPadOS 14 update on your iPad right now. It could help.

If you need help making a decision, take a look at our list of reasons to, and not to, install iPadOS 14 today.

iPadOS 14 Problems

iPad users are unsurprisingly running into problems with the operating system.

The current list of problems includes some of most common iPadOS issues. The current list includes installation issues, issues with first and third-party apps, issues with Face ID, UI lag, Wi-Fi issues, and Bluetooth issues.

Apple recently told CNET that it is “aware of an issue that can impact default email and browser settings in iOS 14 and iPadOS 14 and that a “fix will be available to users in a software update.”

If you encounter a problem after upgrading, take a look at our list of fixes for the most common software issues. We’ve also released tips that will help you improve performance and some tips that should help you improve battery life.

If you can’t stand the iPadOS 14 update’s performance on your device, you can try downgrading back to iPadOS 13 in an attempt to improve performance. Apple is currently signing on iPadOS 13.7.

You can’t move your iPad’s software back to anything older than iPadOS 13.7. So those of you jumping up from iPadOS 13.6.1 and below need to approach iPadOS 14 with caution. Once you move, there’s no getting back.

New Apple iPad Pro (12.9-inch, Wi-Fi, 512GB) - Space Gray (4th Generation)
  • 12.9-inch edge-to-edge Liquid Retina display with ProMotion, True Tone, and P3 wide color
  • A12Z Bionic chip with Neural Engine
  • 12MP Wide camera, 10MP Ultra Wide camera, and LiDAR Scanner
  • 7MP TrueDepth front camera
  • Face ID for secure authentication and Apple Pay

iPadOS 14 Update: What’s New

Like iOS 14, iPadOS 14 is a huge upgrade and it brings a long list of new features, improvements, and security patches with it.

Here are Apple’s full release notes:

Redesigned Experience

  • Small, medium and large widget sizes allow you to pick the amount of information to display
  • Widget stacks make the most of your Home Screen space and the Smart Stack uses on-device intelligence to surface the right widget at the right time
  • App sidebars have a new look that deliver more of the app’s functionality in the main window
  • New app Toolbars, Pop-Overs and Pull-Down menus make it easier to get to all of the controls for an app

Compact Design

  • Siri has a compact design that allows you to refer to information onscreen and seamlessly launch into your next task
  • Compact Search has a simpler design that works on the Home Screen or over any app
  • Incoming Phone and FaceTime calls appear as a banner at the top of the screen

Search

  • One place where you can find everything: search for apps, contacts, files, quick information like weather and stocks, common knowledge questions about people or places, or even quickly start a web search
  • Top Hit results show the most relevant information including apps, contacts, knowledge, points of interest and websites
  • Quick Launcher allows you to launch an app or website by typing a few characters
  • As-you-type search suggestions show more relevant results as soon as you start typing
  • Web search suggestions to launch Safari and get the most relevant web results
  • Start a search in apps like Mail, Messages and Files

Scribble

  • Write in any text field with Apple Pencil and your writing automatically converts to typed text
  • Scratch to delete a word or space
  • Circle a word to select it for editing
  • Press and hold between words to add space for additional writing
  • Shortcut Palette offers commonly used actions for the app you are using
  • English, Simplified Chinese and Traditional Chinese are supported as well as mixed Chinese and English

Note-taking with Apple Pencil

  • Smart selection makes it easy to select text, distinguishing handwriting from drawings
  • Copy and paste as text converts your handwritten notes into typed text for use in other documents
  • Make space is a new gesture to create more room for handwritten notes
  • Data detectors allow you to take action on phone numbers, email addresses and other handwritten information
  • Shape recognition enables drawing perfect lines, arcs and other shapes

Siri

  • An all-new compact design surfaces results in the bottom right corner of the screen in a new layout
  • Expanded knowledge brings 20x more facts than three years ago
  • Web answers help find answers to a broader set of questions using information from across the internet
  • Audio messages can be sent with Siri on iOS and CarPlay
  • Expanded language support for the new Siri voice and Siri translation

Messages

  • Pinned conversations keep up to nine of your favorite message threads at the top of the list
  • Mentions let you direct a message to an individual in a group conversation
  • Inline replies let you reply to a specific message and see all related messages in their own view
  • Group photos can be customized for a shared group look

Memoji

  • 11 new hairstyles and 19 new headwear styles to customize your Memoji
  • New Memoji stickers to send a fist bump, hug or blush
  • Six added age options
  • Face covering options

Maps

  • Cycling directions provide routes along bike lanes, bike paths, and bike-friendly roads, taking into consideration elevation or how busy a street is
  • Guides offer recommendations for places to eat, meet friends, or explore, curated by a selection of trusted brands
  • Electric vehicle routing helps you plan trips with supported electric vehicles and automatically adds charging stops along your route
  • Congestion zones help you route around or through active zones in cities like London or Paris
  • Speed cameras let you know when you’re approaching speed and red-light cameras along your route
  • Refine Location enables a highly accurate location and orientation when in urban areas with a poor GPS signal

Home

  • Suggested automations help you set up automations with just a tap
  • A visual status at the top of the Home app gives you a summary of accessories that require your attention
  • Dynamic suggestions of the most relevant accessories and scenes appear in Home controls in Control Center
  • Adaptive Lighting automatically adjusts the color of your smart light bulbs throughout the day to maximize comfort and productivity
  • Face Recognition for video cameras and doorbells uses on-device intelligence to let you know who is there based on the people you’ve tagged in your Photos app and recent visitors you identify in the Home app
  • Activity Zones for video cameras and doorbells captures video or sends you a notification only when motion is detected in areas you define

Safari

  • Improved performance with an even faster JavaScript engine
  • A Privacy Report shows cross-site trackers that are being blocked by Intelligent Tracking Prevention
  • Password monitoring securely screens your saved passwords for any that may have been involved in a data breach
  • Web page translation (beta) translates entire web pages in English, Spanish, Simplified Chinese, French, German, Russian or Brazilian Portuguese

AirPods

  • Spatial audio with dynamic head tracking on AirPods Pro places sounds anywhere in space, creating an immersive surround sound experience
  • Automatic device switching transfers audio from your iPad, iPhone, iPod touch, and Mac
  • Battery notifications let you know if you need to charge your AirPods

Augmented Reality

  • Depth API provides more precise distance measurements captured by the LiDAR Scanner on iPad Pro to allow more realistic interactions between virtual and real-world objects
  • Location Anchors in ARKit 4 enables apps to place AR experiences at a specific geographic coordinate
  • Face Tracking is available to support AR experiences through the front camera on iPad Pro 12.9-inch (3rd generation) and later, iPad Pro 11-inch and later
  • Video textures in RealityKit enable apps to apply video to any part of a scene or virtual object

App Clips

  • An App Clip is a small part of an app that developers can create and that is discoverable at the moment you need it, and focused on a specific task
  • Small by design, App Clips are usable in a few seconds
  • Discover app clips at the right moment through scanning QR codes, from Messages, Maps, and Safari
  • Recently used App Clips show up in App Library’s Recently Added category, and you can download the full version of the app if you want to keep it around

Privacy

  • A recording indicator is displayed whenever an app has access to the microphone or camera
  • Approximate location can now be shared with an app, rather than sharing your precise location
  • Limited Photos library access gives you the option to share only selected photos with an app whenever an app asks for access
  • App and web developers can now offer the option for you to upgrade your existing accounts to Sign in with Apple

Accessibility

  • Headphone accommodations amplify soft sounds and adjust certain frequencies, customized for an individual’s hearing
  • Sign language prominence in FaceTime detects when a participant is using sign language and makes the person prominent in a Group FaceTime call
  • Sound Recognition uses on-device intelligence to detect and identify important sounds such as alarms, and alerts you to them using notifications
  • VoiceOver Recognition uses on-device intelligence to recognize elements on your screen to improve VoiceOver support for app and web experiences
  • Image descriptions read complete-sentence descriptions of images and photos within apps and on the web
  • Text recognition speaks the text identified within images and photos
  • Screen Recognition automatically detects interface controls to aid in navigating apps

This release also includes other features and improvements.

App Store

  • Important details about each app are displayed in a glanceable, scrollable view, including a way to see the games your friends are playing

Apple Arcade

  • Coming Soon gives you a sneak peek at upcoming Apple Arcade games and you can automatically download them as soon as they’re released
  • See All Games is improved with sorting and filtering by release date, updates, category, controller support and more
  • Achievements are browsable right from within the Apple Arcade tab
  • Continue Playing makes it easy to resume recently played games across devices
  • Game Center dashboard showcases your profile, friends, achievements, leaderboards and more, all from within your game

Apple Cash Family

  • Apple Cash can be enabled for up to five family members under 18
  • Send money to your child through Messages or by asking Siri
  • Notifications for purchases or person to person payments as they occur
  • Parental controls to limit who your children can send money to
  • Option to turn off Apple Cash for family members under 18
  • Shared oversight with another adult in your Family Sharing group

Camera

  • Quick toggles in Video mode to change video resolution and frame rate from the Camera app
  • Mirror front camera lets you capture selfies that match the front camera preview
  • Improved QR code reading to scan codes, even if they are small or wrapped around objects

FaceTime

  • Improved video quality with up to 1080p resolution on iPad Pro 10.5-inch, iPad Pro 11-inch (1st generation) and later, and iPad Pro 12.9-inch (2nd generation) and later
  • New eye contact feature uses machine learning to subtly adjust the position of your eyes and face to make video calling more natural even when you’re looking at the screen instead of the camera

Files

  • New sidebar and toolbar consolidate controls for quicker access to files and functions
  • APFS encryption support for external drives

Keyboard and International

  • On-device dictation helps protect your privacy by performing all processing completely offline. Dictation in search uses server-based dictation in order to recognize terms you may be searching for from across the Internet.
  • Search within the Emoji keyboard using a word or phrase
  • Keyboard displays AutoFill suggestions from Contacts for email addresses, phone numbers, and more in apps
  • New dictionaries for French-German, Indonesian-English, Japanese-Simplified Chinese, and Polish‑English
  • Wubi input method for Simplified Chinese
  • Autocorrection support for Irish Gaelic and Norwegian Nynorsk
  • Redesigned Japanese Kana keyboard with easier input for numbers
  • Mail supports email addresses using non‑Latin languages

Music

  • A new Listen Now tab for playing and discovering your favorite music, artists, playlists and mixes
  • Autoplay keeps music playing when you reach the end of a song or playlist by finding similar songs to play
  • Search now showcases music for your favorite genres and activities, and shows helpful suggestions as you type
  • Library filtering helps you find artists, albums, playlists and other items in your library even faster

Notes

  • Enhanced actions menu provides easy access to locking, scanning, pinning and deleting
  • Top Hits in search surfaces your most relevant search results
  • Pinned Notes list can be collapsed or expanded
  • Enhanced scanning captures sharper scans and more precise auto-cropping

Photos

  • New sidebar gives you quick access to Albums, Search and Media Types, and makes it easy to edit the order of albums under the My Albums view
  • Filter and sort your collection to more easily locate and organize your photos and videos
  • Pinch and zoom to quickly find your photos and videos in more places, like Favorites and Shared Albums
  • Photos and videos caption support
  • Live Photos taken using iOS 14 or iPadOS 14 will autoplay with improved stabilization in Years, Months and Days View
  • Memories enhancements provide a more relevant selection of photos and videos and a larger music selection for Memory movies
  • Redesigned image picker in apps uses the same smart search from the Photos app to help you easily find content to share

Podcasts

  • Listen Now is smarter and includes your personal episode queue and new episodes picked for you

Reminders

  • Assign reminders to people you share lists with
  • New reminders can be created from the lists screen without having to enter a specific list
  • Smart suggestions let you add dates, times and locations with a tap
  • Personalized lists with emoji and newly added symbols
  • Rearrange or hide smart lists

Settings

  • Option to set your default email and web browser

Shortcuts

  • Starter Shortcuts let you get started with a built-in folder of shortcuts, tailored for you
  • Shortcuts automations are suggested based on your usage patterns
  • Folders let you organize your shortcuts and can be added as widgets to the Home Screen
  • New compact design for running shortcuts keeps you in context while you use another app
  • New Automation triggers can run shortcuts based on receiving an email or message, your battery level, closing an app and more
  • Wind Down Shortcuts provide a collection of relaxing shortcuts to help you get ready for a good night’s sleep

Voice Memos

  • Folders help organize your Voice Memos recordings
  • Favorites lets you mark your best recordings and quickly access them later
  • Smart Folders automatically group together Apple Watch recordings, recently deleted recordings and recordings you marked as Favorites
  • Enhance Recording reduces background noise and room reverberation

iPadOS 14 also has 11 security patches on board and you can read more about those over on Apple’s website.

iPadOS 14 Jailbreak

If you jailbreak your iPad, you’ll have to skip iPadOS 14 for now.

Earlier this year, the developers behind the “unc0ver” jailbreak tool released a new version that’s compatible with iPadOS 13.5 and most versions of iOS/iPadOS going all the way down to iOS 11.0. iOS 12.3-12.3.2 and iOS 12.4.2-12.4.5 are excluded. So are iPadOS 13.5.1, iPadOS 13.6, iPadOS 13.6.1, and iPadOS 13.7.

Unfortunately, we haven’t heard anything about a public iPadOS 14 jailbreak and it could be weeks before we see a tool get released to the public.

What’s Next

If your device is struggling on iPadOS 14, keep your eyes peeled for a new version.

Apple is currently working on iPadOS 14.2. iPadOS 14.2 is currently in beta testing and the milestone upgrade should carry new features and bug fixes.

We don’t have an iPadOS 14.2 release date to look forward to just yet. If you can’t wait for the official release you can download the beta.

For more on iPadOS 14.2, take a look at our guide.

There’s a good chance we see another version of iPadOS 14 (iPadOS 14.0.1 or iPadOS 14.1) roll out sooner than iPadOS 14.2 so keep an eye out.

If you’re feeling leery about the move to iPadOS 14.0, you might want to wait for the next version of iPadOS 14, and its batch of bug fixes, to arrive.

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Install iPadOS 14 for Better Security

Install iPadOS 14 for Better Security

If security is important to you, and it should be, think about installing iPadOS 14 right now. 

iPadOS 14 has 11 new security patches on board. If you're interested in the exact nature of these improvements, you can read about them over on Apple's website

If you skipped iPadOS 13.7 or any older versions of iPadOS 13, you'll get the security patches from those updates with your upgrade. They're baked in.

In addition to those patches, iPadOS 14 comes with some security and privacy upgrades including improvements to Home/HomeKit and Safari. 

For instance in Safari, you can now tap the Privacy Report button to better understand how websites handle your privacy.

With iPadOS 14 on board you can now get information on the App Store that will help you understand the privacy practices of apps before you download them. 

There is also a new recording indicator that will appear at the top of your screen whenever an app is using your microphone or camera. You can see if an app has used them recently in Control Center.

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