In this article, we show you how to download and install macOS Catalina 10.15 on your Mac device. Before upgrading, you need to make sure that your Mac, audio devices, MIDI devices, and DAW/plugin software are compatible with macOS Catalina. 

If you want to restore the macOS version that you had before the upgrade, you need to create a Time Machine backup before the installation of Catalina. This is very important if you want to go back to the old OS. 

Check if your device is compatible with macOS Catalina 

If you want to install the macOS Catalina, you should first see if your Mac is compatible with this OS. Mac devices that are not compatible with the system will not be able to support it. For these reasons, you should check your current third-party software like DAWs and virtual instruments. You should also check the hardware solutions like audio and MIDI interfaces. If these options are not compatible with macOS Catalina, you will not be able to use the system on your computer. 

how to download macOS Catalina

In the following list, you will see the Macs that are compatible with Catalina. These are:

  • MacBook 2015 and later
  • MacBook Air 2012 and later 
  • MacBook Pro 2012 and later 
  • Mac Mini 2012 and later
  • iMac 2012 and later 
  • iMac Pro 2017 and later 
  • Mac Pro 2013 and later 

Download and Install macOS Catalina

Before downloading macOS Catalina, make sure that you have created the Time Machine backup. This will ensure that you have the option to go back to the old system if you want to. 

Once you create the Time machine backup, you can perform the OS X Catalina download. You can download the system from the App Store. This will take a few minutes and the process depends on your internet connection and the speed of your internet. 

As the first step, you should launch the Apple Mac App Store. You should click the blue “A” icon which is located on your Mac’s Dock. If you prefer other options, you can click the Apple icon that is located in the top left corner. Here, you will see a drop-down menu where you should select the App Store. When the store opens, you should click the search bar and type “MacOS Catalina.” Load the product page and start downloading macOS Catalina by clicking the blue “Get” button. This will start the downloading process which may take some time, so you need to be patient. 

It is important to mention that if you are installing macOS Catalina on your device, you should have the power cord plugged in during the process. You do not want to risk your Mac device’s battery becoming dead because you can lose some very important data during the installation procedure. For this reason, plug in the computer and finish the installation of the system. 

When the installation is over, you should follow the on-screen prompts. If you want to install the OS on a new partition, follow the instructions and see the “Show all disks” option. You will be able to select the disk where you want to install the OS Catalina and this will be your primary choice. 

When you click the “Install” button, your device might restart several times, and you should be patient in this situation. The installation is complete when you see the login page of the new macOS Catalina. 

The mentioned steps are necessary if you wonder how to install macOS Catalina on your Mac device. It might take some time, but you will be satisfied in the end. MacOS Catalina is a good choice for your Mac device and you will certainly enjoy using it.