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In January 2021, ITS began notifying users of their available eligibility for macOS upgrades in an effort to ensure system security. The message you see will depend upon how many versions back from our recommended version of macOS you are currently running and what your Mac is eligible to run. See the different types of notifications you may receive below. If you have not received a notification but want to upgrade, follow the steps to Perform How to Upgrade macOS Upgrades.


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Upgrades, while generally very safe, do run minimal risk of data loss. Please ensure your data is backed up to another location before initiating any upgrade. One of our Desktop Support Specialists will be happy to assist with this process. Please visit tech.appstate.edu and submit a request for Computer Support.

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Congratulations! If your Mac is running the currently recommended version of macOS, you should not receive notifications to upgrade your OS. However, please still be diligent about installing any necessary updates as they become available.

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If your Mac is running one version behind our recommended version, you will see the following notification once per month. To upgrade, click the "Upgrade" button or through Self Service at your earliest convenience. After pressing the Upgrade button on the notification, Self Service will open to the upgrade screen. Make sure to read Before proceeding, read the description before proceeding, which will detail any requirements or recommendations. 

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If you have already closed the notification prompt for the available upgrade you can upgrade at any time by following Perform How to Upgrade macOS Upgrades.

Mac Running an Unsupported Version of macOS (Eligible for Currently Recommended Version)

If your Mac is running a supported version but is eligible to run the currently recommended version, you will see the following notification once per week. To upgrade, click the "Upgrade" button or through Self Service at your earliest convenience. After pressing the Upgrade button on the notification, Self Service will open to the upgrade screen. Make sure to read Before proceeding, read the description before proceeding, which will detail any requirements or recommendations. 

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If you have already closed the notification prompt for the available upgrade you can upgrade at any time by following Perform How to Upgrade macOS Upgrades.

Mac Running an Unsupported Version of macOS (Eligible for a Supported Version)

If your Mac is running an unsupported version but is eligible to run a supported version, you will see the following notification once per week. To upgrade, click the "Upgrade" button or through Self Service at your earliest convenience. After pressing the Upgrade button on the notification, Self Service will open to the upgrade screen. Make sure to read Before proceeding, read the description before proceeding, which will detail any requirements or recommendations. 

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If you have already closed the notification prompt for the available upgrade you can upgrade at any time by following Perform How to Upgrade macOS Upgrades.

Insufficient Space to upgrade macOS (macOS 11 = 35GB, macOS 10.15 = 19GB)

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