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How to download macOS Mojave 10.14.5 public beta 4 to your Mac

How to download macOS High Mojave 10.14 public beta 1 to your Mac
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Apple has been offering public betas for macOS for a couple of years now as a way for those interested in testing out the upcoming software on their Macs, and providing feedback. If that's you, you'll need to sign up, enroll your Mac, download the macOS Mojave beta (version 10.14.5), and install it. It's not an overly complicated process, but we're here to walk you through it and, if you need it, a place to get extra help.

Apple occasionally offers updates to iOS, iPadOS, watchOS, tvOS, and macOS as closed developer previews or public betas (opens in new tab). While the betas contain new features, they also contain pre-release bugs that can prevent the normal use of your iPhone, iPad, Apple Watch, Apple TV, or Mac, and are not intended for everyday use on a primary device. That's why we strongly recommend staying away from developer previews unless you need them for software development, and using the public betas with caution. If you depend on your devices, wait for the final release.

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What's new in the macOS Mojave public beta?

April 29, 2019: Apple releases macOS 10.14.5 public beta 4 to testers

Apple has released macOS Mojave 10.14.5 public beta 4 for members of the Beta Software Program. If you already have the macOS Mojave public beta installed, head to System Preferences > Software Updates and download away. If you've been waiting for macOS 10.14.5 to get started with macOS testing, now's the time to grab it!

April 23, 2019: Apple releases macOS 10.14.5 public beta 3 to testers

Apple has released macOS Mojave 10.14.4 public beta 3 for members of the Beta Software Program. If you already have the macOS Mojave public beta installed, head to System Preferences > Software Updates and download away. If you've been waiting for macOS 10.14.5 to get started with macOS testing, now's the time to grab it!

March 4, 2019: Apple releases macOS 10.14.4 public beta 4 to testers

Apple has released macOS Mojave 10.14.4 public beta 4 for members of the Beta Software Program. If you already have the macOS Mojave public beta installed, head to System Preferences > Software Updates and download away. If you've been waiting for macOS 10.14.4 to get started with macOS testing, now's the time to grab it!

February 19, 2019: Apple releases macOS 10.14.4 public beta 3 to testers

Apple has released macOS Mojave 10.14.4 public beta 3 for members of the Beta Software Program. If you already have the macOS Mojave public beta installed, head to System Preferences > Software Updates and download away. If you've been waiting for macOS 10.14.4 to get started with macOS testing, now's the time to grab it!

February 5, 2019: Apple releases macOS 10.14.4 public beta 2 to testers

Apple has released macOS Mojave 10.14.4 public beta 2 for members of the Beta Software Program. If you already have the macOS Mojave public beta installed, head to System Preferences > Software Updates and download away. If you've been waiting for macOS 10.14.4 to get started with macOS testing, now's the time to grab it!

January 28, 2019: Apple releases macOS 10.14.4 public beta 1 to testers

Apple has released macOS Mojave 10.14.4 public beta 1 for members of the Beta Software Program. If you already have the macOS Mojave public beta installed, head to System Preferences > Software Updates and download away. If you've been waiting for macOS 10.14.4 to get started with macOS testing, now's the time to grab it!

January 10, 2019: Apple releases macOS 10.14.3 public beta 4 to testers

Apple has released macOS Mojave 10.14.3 public beta 4 for members of the Beta Software Program. If you already have the macOS Mojave public beta installed, head to System Preferences > Software Updates and download away. If you've been waiting for macOS 10.14.3 to get started with macOS testing, now's the time to grab it!

December 11, 2018: Apple releases macOS 10.14.3 public beta 1 to testers

Apple has released macOS Mojave 10.14.3 public beta 1 for members of the Beta Software Program. If you already have the macOS Mojave public beta installed, head to System Preferences > Software Updates and download away. If you've been waiting for macOS 10.14.3 to get started with macOS testing, now's the time to grab it!

November 15, 2018: Apple releases macOS 10.14.2 public beta 3 to testers

Apple has released macOS Mojave 10.14.2 public beta 1 for members of the Beta Software Program. If you already have the macOS Mojave public beta installed, head to System Preferences > Software Updates and download away. If you've been waiting for macOS 10.14.1 to get started with macOS testing, now's the time to grab it!

November 7, 2018: Apple releases macOS 10.14.2 public beta 2 to testers

Apple has released macOS Mojave 10.14.2 public beta 2 for members of the Beta Software Program. If you already have the macOS Mojave public beta installed, head to System Preferences > Software Updates and download away. If you've been waiting for macOS 10.14.1 to get started with macOS testing, now's the time to grab it!

November 2, 2018: Apple releases macOS 10.14.2 public beta 1 to testers

Apple has released macOS Mojave 10.14.2 public beta 1 for members of the Beta Software Program. If you already have the macOS Mojave public beta installed, head to System Preferences > Software Updates and download away. If you've been waiting for macOS 10.14.1 to get started with macOS testing, now's the time to grab it!

October 17, 2018: Apple releases macOS 10.14.1 public beta 4 to testers

Apple has released macOS Mojave 10.14.1 public beta 1 for members of the Beta Software Program. If you already have the macOS Mojave public beta installed, head to System Preferences > Software Updates and download away. If you've been waiting for macOS 10.14.1 to get started with macOS testing, now's the time to grab it!

September 27, 2018: Apple releases macOS 10.14.1 public beta 1 to testers

Apple has released macOS Mojave 10.14.1 public beta 4 for members of the Beta Software Program. If you already have the macOS Mojave public beta installed, head to System Preferences > Software Updates and download away. If you've been waiting for macOS 10.14.1 to get started with macOS testing, now's the time to grab it!

August 20, 2018: Apple releases macOS Mojave public beta 7 to testers

Apple has released macOS Mojave 10.14 public beta 7 for members of the Beta Software Program. If you already have the macOS Mojave public beta installed, head to System Preferences > Software Updates and download away. If you've been waiting for beta 3 to get started with macOS 10.14 testing, now's the time to grab it!

August 13, 2018: Apple releases macOS Mojave public beta 6 to testers

Apple has released macOS Mojave 10.14 public beta 6 for members of the Beta Software Program. If you already have the macOS Mojave public beta installed, head to System Preferences > Software Updates and download away. If you've been waiting for beta 3 to get started with macOS 10.14 testing, now's the time to grab it!

How to make a back up of your Mac

Before joining the public beta, you need to make a backup of your Mac. That way, if something goes wrong, or if you're simply not happy and want to revert to macOS 10.14.3, you can go right back to where you started.

Even if you back up every night, you'll want to make double, triple sure you're covered. So make a manual backup now. Here's how to do it with Time Machine. Even if you use something different or additional, like SuperDuper!, make sure you manually start a backup now.

  1. Click on the Time Machine icon in your Mac Menubar.
  2. Click on Backup now.

Let the backup finish before proceeding.

Note: If you're not adverse to the Terminal, you can also make a bootable Mojave installer as a way to jumpstart reversion, if needed.

How to register your account for the macOS 10.14.4 public beta

If you've already joined a public beta for macOS in the past, you don't need to register again for macOS 10.14.4. Simply sign in with the same Apple ID. If you've never joined a public beta before, you'll need to start by signing up with your Apple ID.

  1. Go to beta.apple.com (opens in new tab) in Safari on your Mac.
  2. Click on Sign up to get started. (If you've already signed up for a previous public beta, Click on Sign in and skip to "How to enroll your Mac", below.)
  3. Enter you Apple ID email address and password.
  4. Click Sign in.

Once you're signed up and signed in, it's time to start downloading.

How to enroll your Mac in the macOS 10.14.4 public beta

Downloading the macOS 10.14.4 public beta is done through the Mac App Store but requires a special code (like a promo or gift code). The code is provided for you on the website but is also automatically entered for you when you click to begin the process.

  1. Go to beta.apple.com (opens in new tab), if you're not there already.
  2. Click on the macOS tab, if it's not highlighted already.
  3. Click the Download macOS Public Beta Access Utility button.
  4. Open the file from your Downloads window.
  5. Double-click the package to run the installer.

When the installer is finished downloading, the Mac App Store will automatically open to the Updates section. Click Update to download and install the public beta software. After the software has been downloaded, your Mac will automatically restart.

If the latest public beta does not appear on the Updates list, restart your Mac. Then, open the Mac App Store and click the Updates tab.

The public beta update can take a long time to finish downloading, depending on the size. You can check the status in the Updates tab of the Mac App Store.

How to install the macOS 10.14.4 public beta

The macOS public beta installer will automatically open when it's downloaded. If it doesn't, or if you prefer to do it later, you open Install macOS Mojave Public Beta at any time via Spotlight or Launchpad, or from the Application folder in the Finder.

  1. Launch Install macOS Mojave Public Beta app, if it's not launched already.
  2. Click Continue at the bottom.

How to install macOS Sierra public beta

  1. If prompted to make a backup, and you didn't before, click Continue in the drop-down. If you just made a backup, click Cancel.
  2. Click Continue at the bottom once your backup completes, or if you skipped it.
  3. Click Agree to accept the licensing terms.
  4. Click Agree again to confirm.

How to install macOS Sierra public beta

  1. Click on the drive you want to install onto (if you have multiple options; most people won't.)
  2. Click Install.
  3. Enter you administrator password and click OK.
  4. Click Restart (if your Mac doesn't restart automatically, or you don't want to wait).

How to install macOS Sierra public beta

Once your Mac reboots, it'll be running the macOS public beta. There's a brief bit of setup you'll need to go through, however, as the system will have changed enough that it'll need your login to complete the update.

Once that's done, you'll be ready to rock macOS 10.14.4.

How to update to a new version of the macOS 10.14.4 public beta

Downloading software updates has changed since macOS Mojave, and updating your Mac is no longer done through the Mac App Store.

  1. Open System Preferences from your Dock or Applications folder.
  2. Click Software Update.

Open System Preferences, click Software Update
  1. Click Update Now if there is an update available for your Mac.
  2. Click the checkbox next to Automatically keep my Mac up to date if you want your Mac to automatically download and install software updates in the future.

Click Update Now, click the checkbox

What's new, and what if you don't like it?

If you ultimately decide macOS Mojave 10.14.4 isn't for you, you can still revert back to macOS 10.14.3.

Joseph Keller is the former Editor in Chief of iMore. An Apple user for almost 20 years, he spends his time learning the ins and outs of iOS and macOS, always finding ways of getting the most out of his iPhone, iPad, Apple Watch, and Mac.

12 Comments
  • I'm looking forward to the next version of the Mojave Public Beta.
    So far I'm not very impressed. Haven't seen many of the announced performance improvements on my old Ivy Bridge MacBook Pro.
    This is the first Public Beta that has given me so much trouble running applications since Mavericks with its enhanced runtime security. This time the only issue I've been expecting was the deprication of 32-bit software. But that's in the future and doesn't explain the problems I have been having.
    Handbrake won't run, Acrobat Reader won't run and VirtualBox flatly refuses to install (or run) and there is no indication of why.
  • Also, my SuperDuper! backup keeps crashing. It's not my only backup.
  • I've been quite lucky, the only application that I have which doesn't work is VirtualBox. You can read about the problems with Virtualbox and Mojave online, it might not get fixed until release though. As for Acrobat Reader, are you editing PDFs or just viewing them? If it's the latter, then just use Preview. Can't help you with Handbrake I'm afraid, just keep on the latest Public Beta and keep on the latest version of Handbrake
  • Yeah, Handbrake doesn't look like it will get fixed soon. They say "it's a beta, what do you expect?" I have switched back to Preview. The new beta is out and now my Aerial screensaver won't work. The message says to check with the developer for an update. I sure would like to know what's causing these problems. It was obvious in Mavericks but I've been reviewing the WWDC session videos and I haven't found what's up.
  • VirtualBox uses VBoxDrv.kext, which on Mojave is blocked by AppleKextExcludeList.kext. Not sure about the other applications, there must've been more under-the-hood changes in Mojave than usual, plus it does seem that the general security has been tightened as well, I've had a few applications that now give "permission requests" which didn't happen before.
  • Both Beta 3 & 4 , make my min2016 MacBook pro unusable. Keeps returning to the lock screen!
  • What do you mean, "public beta". This isn't the actual release version? It's on the app store, listed as version 10.14.
  • macOS Mojave 10.14.0 is out of public beta, however the public beta has now moved to 10.14.1. Basically, 10.14.0 is the stable release, and 10.14.1 is in beta. When 10.14.1 is stable and released to everyone, 10.14.2 will be in beta
  • Sidenote: You NEVER want to updates to automatically download and install! Always do it manually to make sure you have a good backup first. Especially with Betas. Even Apple says that.
  • I would only set updates to automatically install on say, a grandparent's device. They might not know where to look for updates or understand the prompts that come up
  • I enrolled in the public beta but I'm not getting a "Install macOS Mojave Public Beta" app to use and when I click on "Software Update" it says there is no update available.
  • Same here. Based on this article, public beta 10.14.4 was released a few days ago.. I'm at 10.14.3, but Software Update keeps telling me I'm up to date.