How To Clean Install macOS Mojave On Your Mac and MacBook?
macOS Mojave is the fifteenth major release of macOS by Apple Inc. It was announced on Apple’s Worldwide Developers Conference and was officially released on Sep 24, 2018. Here we will show you how to download and install macOS Mojave in the safest way possible.
Apple has announced macOS 10.14 Mojave last year. Many new features are added to macOS Mojave. Features like dark mode, new built-in apps and many more are added. These features are easily experienced by Upgrading to Mojave.
With these easy steps, you can upgrade your mac from any older versions like macOS Sierra, High Sierra or any older version. You can also revert and change your macOS Catalina to macOS Mojave.
Before going any further, you will need to perform a few things which are required to install macOS Mojave.
- Check system Compatibility
- Have a backup for your data
- Clean up some free space
- Internet connection
Can your mac run Mojave?
First, you will need to check system compatibility. macOS Mojave can be run on most of the mac who are released after 2012. Mac or MacBook who were released before 2012 are unable to support Mojave. Here is a list of mac who is able to run Mojave.
- MacBook from early 2015 or newer
- MacBook Air from mid-2012 or newer
- MacBook Pro from mid-2012 or newer
- Mac mini after late 2012 or newer
- iMac from late 2012 or newer
- iMac Pro (all versions)
- Mac Pro from late 2013 or newer, plus mid-2010 and mid-2012 models with recommended Metal-capable GPU
Have a back-up
Warning: While performing the installation there is a risk of losing most or all of your data. Try to have a backup before performing the installation of a macOS Mojave.
Before performing having a backup is a good option. You can store all of your files on any cloud storage like iCloud, Dropbox, or OneDrive. You can also store all your data to another external drive as well.
Clean up some space
To install macOS Mojave on your mac you will need at least 2 GB for the files and almost 12 GB of free hard drive for installation. Which is a total of 18-20 GB of storage space.
Note: A USB drive of at least 8 GB is also needed for installation.
You will also need to have access to the internet. We would like to recommend you to change from Wi-Fi to Ethernet for better performance.
Reasons you cannot download macOS Mojave
There are reasons why you cannot download Mojave. Some common messages you might face while being unable to download Mojave:
“macOS Mojave download has failed.” Or “Installation of macOS could not continue. Installation requires downloading important content. That content can’t be downloaded at this time. Try again later.”Apple Inc.
The reason behind being unable to download Mojave is that you might have slow internet, there is not enough space on your hard drive, or there also can be a reason like. You have already downloaded Mojave file which is not completed. We would like to recommend you to delete all those files.
Now, all the resources are ready so let’s install OSX Mojave. We are going to have a clean install, and the reason behind the clean installation is that a clean installation gives us some advantages. With clean install we can delete all those half-downloaded files, all those files who are useless or have bugs will also get deleted.
Still, if you are not interested in clean installation then you will need to follow until step 2. Continue to step second if you want to upgrade your Mac to macOS Mojave.
- Download the file
The first step is to download the macOS Mojave file. To download the file, you will need to go to the Apple store and type in the search bar Mojave.
You will find your result for Mojave. Processed the procedure by clicking on the download button and your mac will start to downloading Mojave installer.
The speed can differ, which depends on your internet connection, on how fast it is.
2. Exit installer
After the download is completed, the installer opens automatically. Now, you can either upgrade your mac or you can do a clean installation. To upgrade click on the continue button but to have a clean installation you are recommended to exit the installer.
To exit the installer, go to the menu bar and select quit.
The next step is downloading the bootable creation software. We would recommend you Doctor Drill 3 for creating a bootable USB drive. Now, you have an exited installer and you might be downloading and installing it.
Doctor Drill is a software used to create a bootable USB for users.
You have the option to download the free or buy the pro version.
4. Create a bootable USB
In this step, you will need to plug-in your Pen/USB drive. Open Doctor Drill 3 and the app will automatically detect the USB drive.
Click on create boot drive select then select OS X/macOS installer. then you should see automatically pointed to the installer. if not, then you have the option of location installer on disk…
Use the use as a source button and then select the disk to format. To format click on the make bootable button. A pop-up will appear, click yes. Wait until you get OK, let’s do it button.
5. Selection menu
Here in this step, you will need to reboot your Mac or while your USB is plugged in. Press on option key and wait till your computer restarts.
Keep holding your option key until a selection menu pops out. Now, select install macOS Mojave icon by mousepad or arrow key.
6. Format disk
Your screen is now loading and soon (after a few moments) you will reach the macOS Utility. Click on Disk Utility and find your disk. Erase your disk by clicking on the erase button, choose the format and erase.
Remember that, it is better to use AFPS for SSD drives and MacOS Extended (Journaled) for other normal drives.
Once your format is done, click on done and exit disk utility.
7. Install macOS
Go through installer windows by clicking on continue. Agree with terms and conditions, select drive and wait till the loading gets completed.
8. Sign in
Select your country and keyboard type. Sign in your Apple ID and agree with terms and conditions again.
9. Create a login account
Here Create a computer account then set up your iCloud account. Express setup will appear to click on continue, then you will face iCloud and disk encryption menu selects options. The option between light and dark mode will appear, select one of it and continue.
Now, your macOS Mojave is successfully installed on your Mac or MacBook.