How to install macOS 13 Ventura beta on your Mac today

But beware, it's just the beta – so stability and compatibility is not yet assured.

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At WWDC 2022, Apple announced its latest version of its macOS operating system – and it's called Ventura (a far better name than rumoured 'Mammoth', which thankfully didn't come to be). 

So how can you get macOS 13 and install it on your Mac right now? Well, you sort of can't, as the software won't be final until around September time. But you sort of can as there's a beta version of Ventura available right now – so long as you're enrolled in Apple's Developer programme.

So here's how to install macOS 13 Ventura on your Mac... but do beware that stability and compatibility is not yet assured, so proceed with caution (or, better still, if you have an older Mac as a backup, use that instead to tinker with the new OS).

How to install macOS Ventura beta

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As we said above, you'll need to enrol in Apple's Developer programme, which you can access via this enrollment page (opens in new tab). Already over that hurdle? Then that's one less thing for you to worry about!

From here you'll need to go to the official Apple Developer (opens in new tab) page, using Safari on your Mac. You'll then need to be signed in with your Apple ID, which is a prerequisite for pretty much anything Apple software and install related. Next head to developer.apple.com/download (opens in new tab).

This will then present you with beta software that Apple offers, including macOS 13 Ventura. Simply click 'Download' next to the beta package and wait for it to finish. 

To install, hit Apple > System Preferences > Software Update and a Ventura beta window will pop-up, presenting you with an install button. There's no turning back from here.

That's it: Ventura beta will work its way onto your Mac, with all its inevitable problems. Which is why it's destined for developers over the next few months while everything is ironed out. But it's a good way to get a glimpse of the new Stage Manager feature ahead of the final release.

Mike Lowe
Tech Editor

Mike has been writing about consumer technology for 15 years and is T3's Tech Editor. As a phones expert he's seen hundreds of handsets over the years – swathes of Android devices, a smattering of iPhones, and a batch of Windows Phone products (remember those?). But that's not all, as a tech aficionado his beat for T3 also covers tablets, laptops, gaming, home cinema, TVs, speakers and more – there's barely a stone unturned that he's not had a hand on. Previously the Reviews Editor at Pocket-lint for a full decade, he's also provided work for publications such as Wired, The Guardian, Metro, and more. In addition to his tech knowledge, Mike is also a flights and travel expert, having travelled the globe extensively. You'll likely find him setting up a new mobile phone, critiquing the next MacBook, all while planning his next getaway... or cycling somewhere.