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How to Upgrade Your Mac to OS X El Capitan?


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How to get your Mac ready for El Capitan?

OS X El Capitan has arrived and there are a few things you should know: The first, what are the installation requirements? And the second, how can you prepare your Mac for OS X El Capitan?


Which Mac models can upgrade to OS X El Capitan?

These ones:

El Capitan upgrade for iMac El Capitan upgrade for MacBook Pro El Capitan upgrade for MacBook Air
iMac MacBook Pro MacBook Air
Mid-2007 or newer 13-inch, Mid 2009 or newer; 15-inch, Mid/Late 2007 or newer; 17-inch, Late 2007 or newer Late 2008 or newer

El Capitan upgrade for MacBook El Capitan upgrade for Mac Pro El Capitan upgrade for Mac Pro
MacBook Mac Pro® Mac mini
Early 2015 Early 2008 or newer Early 2009 or newer

El Capitan upgrade for Xserve El Capitan upgrade for MacBook
Xserve MacBook®  
Early 2009 Late 2008 Aluminum,
Early 2009 or newer
 

Version, Memory, and Space Requirements for El Capitan


Mountain Lion

OS X Version: Mountain Lion (10.8), most models. Mavericks (10.9) or higher — all models.

How to check it:

  1. Click the Apple icon at the top left of your screen.
  2. Select "About This Mac."

The number underneath "OS X" is your version number.
If you're running a version of OS X older than 10.8, look into upgrading your OS X. Also, Apple notes that Metal is only available on "all Macs since 2012".


Memory

RAM: 4 GB (preferably 8 GB)

In the same menu you have the "Memory" tab. If you have less than 4 GB RAM, you'll have to look into upgrading your RAM.


Storage

Disk Space: 15 GB to 20 GB of free space on drive

Next to "Memory," select "Storage" tab. In front of the multi-colored bar, you will see the phrase, "X.XX GB free out of XX.XX GB." If you don't have at least 15 GB of free space, look into cleaning your Mac with cleanup tool, like CleanMyMac 3.


1 Clean Up Your Mac

A fresh OS X needs a fresh Mac. So to begin with, let's take a look at cleaning up a few things. The easiest (and fastest) way to get yourself a cleaner Mac is by running a scan with CleanMyMac 3. It cleans out:

  • System junk
  • Unused apps
  • Large & old files
  • Browser caches
  • iTunes broken downloads
  • Unnecessary extensions
  • Old iOS updates
  • User caches & logs
  • Copies of Mail attachments

Get ready to update

Besides cleaning, it speeds up your Mac with maintenance scripts and keeps hardware safe with Health Monitors. Get CleanMyMac 3 now and run a scan to see how much junk you can clean up.

Free Download CleanMyMac 3

If you have OS X version 10.8, download the previous version, CleanMyMac Classic.

2 Back Up Your Mac

And now that your Mac is clean, you should definitely back it up. Why? You never know what will happen when upgrading your operating system. Plus, it's just good practice to back it up every so often, you know, just in case.

  1. Go to your Applications folder.
  2. Select Time Machine.
  3. "Select Backup Disk…"
    Note: You may need to first choose to "Set Up Time Machine."
  4. Choose where you'd like to store your backup.
  5. An external drive or an Airport Time Capsule is good.

Backup with Time Machine

  1. Change the switch, located on the left, from "OFF" to "ON."
  2. To the right, under the name of the storage device, you'll see "Oldest backup," "Latest backup," and "Next backup" — Your backup should begin in 5 minutes. If you don't feel like waiting, click the arrow clock icon next to the Date & Time at the top-right of the menu bar and select "Back Up Now."

We hope this guide has helped you. Try these mentioned steps and enjoy your quick Mac with OS X El Capitan on it. In any case - start with CleanMyMac 3 to be ready for El Capitan.



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