Putting an end to the incessant leaks and rumors, Apple unveiled macOS Ventura with iOS 16, iPadOS 16 and watchOS 9 at WWDC 2022. With several notable features including Stage Manager, Safari Passkeys, etc., macOS Ventura seems like a modest improvement compared to Monterey. Now, whether you’re a developer or an Apple enthusiast who likes to test out the latest features, you’ve come to the right place. In this guide, we will tell you how to download and install macOS 13 Ventura developer beta on your Mac without losing data. Follow the step-by-step instructions to get started with the latest iteration of macOS!
Download and install macOS 13 Developer Beta (2022)
Prerequisites for installing macOS 13 Beta
First, you need to protect your data before installing beta software on your device. Knowing that beta software is usually buggy and can cause issues like freezing, overheating, and even unexpected data loss, you shouldn’t jump on the bandwagon without knowing the trade-offs. Therefore, make sure to back up your Mac before proceeding with the process.
If anything goes wrong, the latest macOS backup will restore your data and even let you easily downgrade to macOS 12 from macOS 13. That said, let’s look at two methods you can use to back up data on Mac devices.
Back up your Mac with Time Machine
With Time Machine, macOS’ built-in backup feature, you can automatically back up your apps, photos, music, documents, and other personal data.
1. To start, connect external storage device such as a USB or Thunderbolt device on your Mac.
2. Now run Time Machine from System Preferences. You need to click on the “apple menu“ in the upper left corner of the screen -> System Preferences -> Time Machine.
3. Then click on Select backup disk.
4. Next, select the name of your disc and click the “Use Diskbutton. That’s it! Time Machine will now start backing up your device.
Back up your files with iCloud Drive
If you have enough iCloud storage, you can store all your desktop and document files in iCloud Drive. This will not only add an extra layer of protection against data loss, but also allow you to access your files on all devices.
1. On your Mac, click the apple menu in the upper left corner of the screen and choose System Preferences.
2. Now click on Apple ID.
3. Then click on iCloud in the left sidebar.
4. Make sure iCloud Drive is on. After that, click the “Choice” next to iCloud Drive.
5. Now check the box for desktop and documents folders and press “Do” to finish.
To note: Keep in mind that if you use another cloud service provider such as Dropbox to sync and manage your Desktop and Documents folders, you’ll need to deactivate it first before you’re allowed to use Desktop and Documents.
Make sure your device is compatible with macOS 13 Ventura
Since macOS Ventura doesn’t support many older Mac models, including the 2017 MacBook Air and 2016 MacBook Pro, be sure to check if your device is compatible with macOS 13 before proceeding.
Download macOS 13 Ventura Developer Beta Profile on Mac
1. To start, open a browser on your Mac and go to developer.apple.com.
2. Now click on the “Account” and login to your developer account.
3. Next, click “Downloads” in the left sidebar.
4. Scroll down to find Section “macOS 13 beta” and click “Install profile” nearby.
5. A popup will then appear on the screen saying, “Do you want to allow downloads from ‘developer.apple.com’?” Here, click Allow proceed.
6. Then open the “Downloads” folder in the Finder and choose macOS 13DeveloperBetaAccessUtility.
7. Double-click the macOSDeveloperBetaAccessUtility.pkg to run the macOS Ventura Developer Beta Installer.
8. Be sure to agree to Apple’s terms and conditions.
9. Then follow the usual prompts to complete the installation. At the end, you will have to enter your administrator password and click on “Install software” to start downloading macOS 13 beta.
- After the installer is successfully downloaded to your Mac, System Preferences will check for an update to macOS 13. Then you can click Update to download and install the macOS 13 developer beta software.
- If the macOS 13 Developer Beta software does not appear in the Updates section, restart your Mac (Apple menu in the upper right corner -> Restart). After that, launch the Mac App Store and open the Updates tab.
- Keep in mind that the total time the beta macOS Developer Update may take to finish downloading is entirely dependent on the file size and your Wi-Fi connection.
Install macOS 13 Ventura Developer Beta on Mac
When the macOS 13 Developer Beta software has been downloaded, you will see a prompt to install the software automatically. Here’s how:
1. In the macOS 13 beta installer, click “Continue” proceed.
2. Now agree to Apple’s terms and conditions.
3. Finally, click “Install” and follow the instructions to begin installing macOS 13 beta on your Mac.
4. Once the installation is complete, you will be prompted to restart your Mac. Click on To restart.
Your Mac will now restart and a black screen with the Apple logo and a progress bar will appear on the screen informing you of the progress of the installation. As the installation will take some time, hold on tight and learn how to install the iOS 16 beta in the meantime.
How to get started with macOS 13 Developer Beta
When your Mac restarts, the brand new macOS 13 wallpaper and lock screen will greet you. Now is the time to set up your Mac and customize the new features to your liking.
Check out the new features in macOS 13 Ventura Beta
Now that you have the macOS 13 beta, go ahead and explore all the cool features and hidden tricks in Apple’s latest desktop OS update. Since macOS Ventura has some notable new add-ons, I’m sure you’ll have a pleasant experience. We’ve started testing the latest iteration of macOS, specifically the Stage Manager feature, so stay tuned for more updates. And yes, if you come across any cool new features, be sure to share them with us and our readers in the comments below.