In­stall macOS High Sierra on your Mac

Ap­ple’s up­date to macOS is now avail­able. Ro­man Loy­ola walks you through what you need to do to get it on your Mac

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Ap­ple has re­leased macOS High Sierra, which of­fers new fea­tures such as Ap­ple File Sys­tem, new fea­tures in the Pho­tos app, im­proved video play­back, and more. You can get these new fea­tures – and the en­tire op­er­at­ing sys­tem – for free.

Be­fore you in­stall High Sierra, you should back up your Mac. Run Time Ma­chine or your on­line backup ser­vice if you have one. Set aside some time to run the in­staller, at least an hour, de­pend­ing on

your in­ter­net con­nec­tion speed. Once you’re ready, fol­low the in­struc­tions be­low.

1. Launch the App Store app, lo­cated in your Ap­pli­ca­tions folder.

2. Look for macOS High Sierra in the App Store or go to You can also do a search, but you’ll prob­a­bly find it in the top mar­quee carousel or some­where in the Fea­tures sec­tion of the store. Click on it once you find it.

3. This should bring you to the High Sierra sec­tion of the App Store, and you can read Ap­ple’s de­scrip­tion of the new OS there. When you’re ready, click the Down­load but­ton at the up­per left. The down­load will take a few min­utes. The in­staller soft­ware is over 5GB.

4. When the down­load fin­ishes, the in­staller will au­to­mat­i­cally launch. You can quit (Com­mand-Q) if you want to run the in­staller later. It will be saved to your Ap­pli­ca­tions folder. Click Con­tinue if you want to pro­ceed.

5. Read the soft­ware li­cense agree­ment and click Agree.

6. Se­lect your Mac’s startup drive and click In­stall.

7. You must en­ter the user­name and pass­word

for the new ‘helper tool’ that the in­staller wants to in­stall. En­ter this in­for­ma­tion and click Add Helper.

8. The in­staller will tell you it needs to restart the Mac to pro­ceed. Click Restart.

9. If you have other ap­pli­ca­tions open, the in­staller will ask to close those apps. Click Close Ap­pli­ca­tions.

10. Your Mac will restart and pro­ceed with the in­stal­la­tion. When it’s done, you’ll have High Sierra on your Mac.

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