The new macOS Catalina has made some major changes. iTunes applications have been replaced by new music, podcasting and television applications, which have similar but more detailed functions with iTunes. Of course, iOS device management is still available on Mac OS, but it is done through Finder instead of iTunes, and now Apple ID can be accessed through ‘System Preferences’.

And the TV applications can access TV and movies, supporting 4K HDR and Dolby Atmos. Music applications can access Apple Music and iTunes libraries. Podcasts applications can not only provide Podcasts libraries but also browse and view popular lists. A new feature of Sidecar allows users to turn the iPad into a Mac’s auxiliary display by just clicking a button, and even into a drawing board when using applications such as Photoshop and Illustrator.

So how can we download and install macOS Catalina in our MacBook? Let’s see together!

1. Check your device is compatible

Before you download and install macOS Catalina, you’ll need to make sure that the Mac or MacBook you’re installing it on is able to run the software.

Here’s the full list of macOS Catalina-compatible devices:

  • 12-inch MacBook (2015 and later)
  • MacBook Air (2012 and later)
  • MacBook Pro (2012 and later)
  • Mac mini (2012 and later)
  • iMac (2012 and later)
  • iMac Pro (2017)
  • Mac Pro (2013 and later)

2. Back up your Mac before upgrading to macOS Catalina

Whenever you make the move to a fresh-off-the-shelf new operating system, we highly recommend backing up the files on your Mac, so if anything goes wrong you can quickly restore your machine. So before you download and install macOS Catalina, make sure your Mac is backed up. Also, you can transfer data, such as music, videos, photos and so on, from your Macbook to your iPhone or Android device. Syncios Data Transfer for mac can help you do that.

3. Download macOS Catalina from the App Store

You can download and install macOS Catalina from the App Store on your Mac. Open up the App Store in your current version of macOS, then search for macOS Catalina.

Click the button to install, and when a window appears, click “Continue” to begin the process.

You can also visit the macOS Catalina website, which features a download link for installing the software onto compatible devices. This will download macOS Catalina into your Applications folder. Once completed, the installer will open, and you can follow the onscreen instructions to install macOS Catalina on your Mac.

You might be asked to sign in with an administrator name and password during the process, so make sure you have those to hand.

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