How to install macOS Monterey on MacBook Pro? I have a 2015 MacBook Pro with a new battery and disk. It is currently running Catalina 10.15.1, and I hope to install Monterey. What should I do? - From Sophia on Apple Community.

An Introduction to macOS Monterey

What is macOS Monterey? As an evolution of the macOS Big Sur, macOS Monterey is the name of Apple's operating system, which became available to everyone. Installing or downloading macOS Monterey allows users to connect, accomplish more, and work more efficiently across numerous Apple devices.

Install macOS Monterey

macOS Monterey's new features

macOS Monterey includes six versions as of right now. Moreover, macOS 12.6 is the most recent version. Like other generations, the system's performance varies and upgrades in many ways. Apple refines the experience from earlier systems with macOS Monterey, which includes a new Safari, the Universal Control feature, Share Play, and much more.

System Requirements to install macOS Monterey

macOS Monterey is the first notable release from Apple, including capabilities from the new Apple M1 chips present to the most recent MacBook Air, MacBook Pro, and Mac mini models. This is the requirement list of devices supported by macOS Monterey:

  • iMac - Late 2015 onwards
  • iMac Pro - 2017 and later
  • Mac Pro - Late 2013 onwards
  • Mac mini - Late 2014 onwards
  • MacBook - 2016 and later
  • MacBook Air - 2015 and later
  • MacBook Pro - 2015 and later

How to Download and Install macOS Monterey

Before you start to download and installmacOS Monterey, firstly, verify that macOS Monterey is compatible with your Mac device. Then, when you install, back up your data and files because you do not want to suffer from the danger of losing everything on your Mac. Here is a tutorial video for installing macOS Monterey in 4 different ways.

  1. 00:00 - Intro & Welcome.
  2. 00:15 - Downloading Monterey can be complicated
  3. 00:44 - first way System Preferences - Software Update.
  4. 03:02 - second way Downloading from Mac App Store.
  5. 03:50 - 3rd and fourth ways allow you to download previous versions.
  6. 03:56 - third way, one-click download Monterey Install Assistant.
  7. 06:55 - 4th-way using software update --fetch-full-installer.

Download the macOS Monterey

The macOS Monterey installer is available for download from the App Store:

Step 1. Activate the App Store.

Step 2. Enter "macOS Monterey" in the search field by clicking it, then press Return.

Step 3. In the search results, select "macOS Monterey".

Install Monterey from App Store

Step 4. To download the macOS Monterey installer, click the "Get" button.

Step 5. Attend to the download's completion.

Create a bootable macOS Monterey USB drive to install Monterey

In this section, you will learn how to make a bootable USB Mac and install macOS from USB, which helps make macOS 12 Monterey upgrades easier across numerous Mac devices.

Step 1. Insert a USB drive.

Step 2. Check the stick for any crucial files you might have forgotten if you've used them.

Step 3. Select your USB drive, then click "Erase" to format a USB flash drive.

Format Your USB

Step 4. Open the Terminal on your Mac.

Step 5. Enter the following command into the terminal window: sudo / Applications / Install \ macOS \ / Contents / Resources / createinstallmedia - volume / Volumes / YOURUSBDRIVE - interaction

Installer Terminal

YOURUSBDRIVE should be replaced by the USB drive's actual name.

Step 6. Finally, type the password for your primary admin account and press the enter key.

Clean install macOS Monterey with detailed guides

You should shut down your computer and restart it from the USB stick you generated, not the primary drive, to start the clean installation of macOS Monterey.

Step 1. Connect the bootable installer USB drive to your Mac.

Step 2. Shut down your Mac.

Step 3. While the Mac is starting up, hold down Option or Alt and maintain pushing the key until a screen displaying the bootable volume appears.

Install macOS Monterey from USB

Step 4. Pick the installer volume that can be booted and then click Next.

Step 5. From the utility window that displays, choose Install macOS.

Disk Utility

Step 6. Finally, click Next to finish the procedure.

Now you can perform your clean install of macOS 12 Monterey.

How to Upgrade and Install macOS Monterey (macOS 12)

Upgrading to macOS 12 Monterey can be pretty simple because Apple is starting to roll out the new operating system upgrade.

Step 1. Click the "Apple Menu" and select "System Preferences."

macOS Monterey System Preference

Step 2. Select "Software Update" from System Preferences. There ought to be the "Monterey update for macOS 12".

macOS Monterey Update

Step 3. Select "Update Now." to start the installation process.

Step 4. Select "Updates" if it cannot locate the Update, restart your Mac and launch the Mac App Store.

Step 5. Click on it to download and install the OS update and follow the on-screen directions.

How to Recover Data When macOS Monterey Installation Failed

All of the data on your computer is at risk of being lost when you install or upgrade your operating system. It applies to the programs you have installed and any files you have made. There are a couple of ways to get this data back.
You can start by attempting to use free backup software. Reliable software enables you to save your data and retrieve it later. Backing up your data to Cloud storage is an option if you do not have a backup tool. You can store data online using Apple's iCloud.

However, if you didn't back up your data and files, another option is to attempt using a third-party recovery tool. There are many other recovery tools available. However, I recommend EaseUS Data Recovery Wizard for Mac.

  • You may effortlessly recover deleted files on mac with this dependable recovery tool. On macOS Monterey, it can restore lost files right away once the installation becomes stalled.
  • EaseUS Data Recovery Wizard can assist you to recover Trash Mac if you unintentionally erase files and folders and empty the Mac Trash.

Continue reading the guide after downloading EaseUS Data Recovery Wizard for Mac.

Note: You can create a backup by clicking the "Disk Backup" on the left first. When the disk is damaged or the data on the disk is accidentally deleted or lost, you can get the data back from the backup image.

Step 1. Select the location

Select the disk where you lost data after updating to macOS Sonoma/Ventura/Monterey/Big Sur. Then, click "Search for lost files".

select a location and scan for lost data after macOS update

Step 2. Find lost data after the scan

EaseUS Data Recovery Wizard for Mac will immediately scan your selected disk volume and display the scanning results on the left pane. Use the file type and file path to find wanted data on Mac.

Find lost data after the scan

Step 3. Recover data after macOS update

Select the target files that were unknowingly lost during or after the update and click the "Recover" button to get them all back.

Recover data after macOS update

Install macOS Monterey FAQs

Here are 4 questions that you might be interested in. Check here for the answers.

1. How long does Mac Monterey take to install?

It should take around 10 minutes to install macOS Monterey on a Mac. But if it is stuck for so long, try to reboot your Mac.

2. How to install macOS Monterey on an unsupported Mac?

The macOS Monterey patcher program can be used to complete the task. But since your Mac wouldn't receive the software update directly from the Mac App Store, there is no simple way to install the macOS Monterey on an incompatible Mac.

3. Can I install macOS Monterey from USB without the internet?

Although a bootable installation doesn't download the macOS Monterey from the internet, it does need a connection to download firmware and other information relevant to the Mac device.

4. How do I reinstall macOS?

All installers, including those for macOS Monterey, macOS Big Sur, and macOS Catalina, can be found on the Mac App Store. You may generate the installation using the appropriate Terminal instructions for various macOS versions.


To summarize, downloading and installing macOS Monterey is a relatively simple procedure. You might carefully read the instructions to avoid problems and adhere to all stages. Then, you can use all of the new features and enhancements that macOS Monterey offers once it has been installed.

You can also turn to EaseUS for assistance if you experience data loss and your Mac is having trouble booting into Recovery Mode.

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