Apple is set to release the official and final macOS High Sierra update on Tuesday worldwide. Like any other big update, the latest macOS version requires you to prepare a couple of things.
To ensure that you are good for macOS High Sierra, here are some reminders to prepare you and your Mac for this much-anticipated update:
Determine machine compatibility
If ever you are wondering whether or not you are eligible to upgrade to High Sierra, here is a list of compatible machines: MacBook Air (not older than 2010), MacBook Pro (not older than 2010), Mac mini (not older than 2010), Mac Pro (not older than 2010), MacBook (not older than 2009) and iMac (not older than 2009). If your device is running Sierra, you can certainly get High Sierra.
Back up data
The most crucial part of any operating system upgrade is the safety of files and data stored in a computer. Hence, it pays to always back them up in a secure location to avoid the worst nightmare that could happen—losing files and data due to an unsuccessful installation of a system upgrade.
Mac owners have a few options to secure their data—by saving them to iCloud, creating a Time Machine backup, burning them onto a CD or DVD drive and using external hard drives.
Clean install Mac
If you are planning to clean install High Sierra on your machine, it is recommended to prepare a USB flash drive. An 8-gigabyte drive should be enough.
Free up space
If clean installing is not an option, you will need to free up a large amount of space to accommodate macOS High Sierra over the air. Your safety net would play around 10 to 15 gigabytes of free space.
In the meantime, the official macOS High Sierra update should be available anytime on Tuesday.