The latest macOS High Sierra operating system should show up in your Mac App Store update list any moment now. There are major foundational updates that will be included in High Sierra, which means it’s in your best interest to do these 3 things before upgrading.
macOS High Sierra according to Apple:
“New technologies at the heart of the system make your Mac more reliable, capable, and responsive — and lay the foundation for future innovations. macOS High Sierra also refines the features and apps you use every day. It’s macOS at its highest level yet.”
Now of course the company that created the product will hype up said product to no end. But this time, I believe there are some updates that come with macOS High Sierra that will change how you use your Mac. Specifically, the new Apple File System that features native encryption, safe document saves, stable snapshots, and crash protection, plus it brings performance improvements.
All that to say, the way you create, save and share files will be totally different.
Now I’ve never had any issues with upgrading in the past, but I’ll be damned if something goes wrong this time and I lose everything due to lack of preparedness. So I’ve taken the time to breakdown the 3 steps I’m taking before upgrading my Mac to macOS High Sierra – It would behoove you to do the same.
1. Update Your Applications
This seems like something you can skip and you just might be right. The reason why I’m doing this step anyways is because there are some major architectural changes with this latest upgrade, and I want to make sure the upgrade is as smooth and fast as possible. If the upgrade has to figure out what to do with outdated software during the upgrade, the whole process may take longer than necessary. Which means you will have to wait that much longer to yell at folks with different beliefs and viewpoints online get work done and/or run your business.
2. Clean Up Your Mac
Again, in the name of as quick and painless as possible, it would also be a good time to clean up your Mac. Not just organizing and getting rid of unwanted documents – There are all sorts of old iTunes backups, cached browser junk, unused apps, archived system profiles and preferences, etc that you don’t need that are taking up drive space and clogging up your Mac’s memory, which will slow down and even jam up your upgrade.
Now you could dig through that all stuff (if you’re able to find it on your own) and manually delete those files. Me, myself, personally, I don’t have the time, so I run Mac clean up apps like CleanMyMac3 that will automatically search for and if prompted, delete this junk in a matter of minutes.
Backup Your Mac
You should be doing this already. If not, I can’t think of a better time than right before a major OS update to back up your Mac. Like I mentioned earlier, I’ve never experienced any issues with previous MacOS updates. Just in case something does go wrong this go ‘round, I can simply restore my Mac and start over.
You can think you’re bulletproof and nothing will happen to your stuff if you want to, but “If you stay ready, you won’t have to get ready”. Backing up your Mac should be apart of your own little IT strategy. It’s a good idea to be backed up “onsite” via an external drive connected directly to your Mac, or via NAS (network attached storage), AND “offsite” via the cloud using services like BackBlaze (what I personally use).
In my opinion, you will most definitely enjoy the latest Apple OS upgrade for Mac. That is, if you’re prepared just in case “shit hits the fan”.
Are you updating to MacOS High Sierra? What preparedness steps have you taken prior to the update?