Asya Karapetyan
Content marketer, who specializes in Mac how-to guides
November 10, 2021
minutes to read

Not enough space for macOS Monterey?
How to fix and install Monterey on a Mac

Step 1: Check the compatibility of your Mac with macOS Monterey

Macs that support MacOS Monterey:

  • MacBook (Early 2016 and later)
  • ‌MacBook Air‌ (Early 2015 and later)
  • MacBook Pro (Early 2015 and later)
  • ‌iMac‌ (Late 2015 and later)
  • ‌iMac‌ Pro (2017 and later)
  • Mac mini (Late 2014 and later)
  • Mac Pro (Late 2013 and later)
MacBook with the Monterey wallpaper
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Step 2: Clean up your Mac from all unneeded junk files

macOS Monterey requires 20GB of free disk space to be able to install it. You should have enough free space to prevent issues when upgrading to macOS Monterey.

Use MacCleaner Pro to see what’s taking space on your disk and clean up your Mac in minutes.

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Step 3: Back up your Mac

Backing up Mac’s hard drive is an absolute must-to-do step before any upgrade, including to macOS Monterey.

Launch Time Machine and follow the onscreen instructions to save your data.

Time Machine
macOS Montterey download icon

Step 4: Download macOS 12 Monterey

When macOS Monterey’s public version comes out, follow the next steps to upgrade to it:

  1. Open System Preferences.
  2. Сlick on Software Update.
  3. Сlick on Update Now.

Also, you can download macOS Monterey from the App Store. Find macOS 12 Monterey in the App Store and click the Get button.

Step 5: Install macOS Monterey

Once the macOS Monterey installer opens, follow the onscreen instructions and wait until the installation is completed.

Note, do not put your Mac to sleep or close until the Monterey upgrading is completed.
We recommend that you begin the macOS Monterey installation in the evening so that, if needed, you could leave your Mac overnight for a complete upgrade.

Monterey installation window

Last important reminders for a safe macOS Monterey installation


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