If you are a beta user of macOS Big Sur and want to install the upcoming public build of macOS on top of a beta version you previously installed, you can easily do this in just a few steps. In most cases, the public build is the same as the latest beta so that you will receive a software update on the day of release. However, few people want to participate in the macOS beta testing program after releasing the new system. What to do in this case?
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How to opt-out of beta testing macOS?
If you have been using a beta version of macOS, you can upgrade to the release version- as usual with a software update. However, you will still receive beta releases, which tend to go slightly ahead of the public domain. In this case, you need to exit the macOS beta program.
Open System Preferences and select the “Software Update” icon.
Click the “More …” button below “This Mac is registered with Apple’s Beta Program.”
A dialog box appears asking you to restore the default update settings. Select “Restore Default Settings” and the public beta versions will no longer download to your Mac.
When the next official version of macOS is released, you can install it from the Software Update program in System Preferences. It’s worth it. Just look at how much innovation it has.
How to install a macOS public build over the beta
Once you’ve opted out of the beta program, you need to download and install the new macOS version.
- Open “System Preferences”.
- Select “Software Update”.
- Your Mac will check for software updates.
- Click “Update Now”.
If you see the message “Your Mac is up to date,” don’t worry. It just means the beta and public build are the same. Once you opt-out of the beta testing program, you will receive updates just like everyone else.
What if the beta version of macOS is newer than the public build?
Sometimes Apple releases a beta update that is the next version after the public one. If you would like to stop participating in testing, abandon it, and the next time Apple updates the public build of this version, you will receive updates. In any case, make sure you have a backup before doing anything. You may need an external hard drive for Mac if you’ve never backed up before.