Minimum supported version of macOS

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Starting February 3, 2023, all Mac computers on the Michigan Tech network must be running macOS Big Sur (11.7) or newer as their operating system. The following models are compatible with macOS Big Sur:

  • MacBook (2015 or later)
  • MacBook Air (2013 or later)
  • MacBook Pro (Late 2013 or later)
  • Mac mini (2014 or later)
  • iMac (2014 or later)
  • iMac Pro (2017 or later)
  • Mac Pro (2013 or later)

How to determine your Mac’s hardware model

Select Apple Menu > About This Mac. A window will appear with the name of your operating system, along with a numerical designation (e.g., 12.6.1).

If your Mac is not listed above, you will not be able to upgrade it to the minimum requirements. Our procurement staff can help you explore other options. Due to COVID-related delays in purchase times, we recommend that you begin exploring alternatives well before the February date. Call us at 7-1111 or email

If your computer is listed above and has an operating system that is lower than 11.7, use the following instructions to upgrade.

Part One: Before you upgrade, back up your information

In order to ensure the integrity of any information on your computer prior to upgrades and make sure your important information is kept safe, we recommend that you perform regular backups of your computer and files. 

We recommend the following backup options:

  • Time Machine: This macOS built-in tool takes a complete capture of your computer and copies it to an external drive of your choice. Refer to Apple’s instructions on how to back up your Mac with Time Machine.
  • Google Backup and Sync: With this tool, you can specify which files you’d like copied from your computer to your Google Drive. Learn more at Back up & sync files with Google Drive.
  • File Stream: Google Drive’s File Stream creates a link between folders on your computer and Google Drive, creating a continuous backup of those files. Instructions for use are in the article Use Drive File Stream with work or school.

Part Two: Upgrade your OS

You have two options to upgrade. You can either upgrade on your own or have us upgrade it for you.

Do it yourself

  1. Start the Tech Apps application from Launchpad or by selecting from your applications folder.
  2. Under Bookmarks, select Operating System Bases, then choose Install macOS Monterey. *You may see macOS Big Sur or macOS Monterey based on your Mac's hardware.
    Tech Apps window with Bookmarks options

Have us walk you through the upgrade

Call IT at 7-1111 during normal business hours or email An IT staff member can walk you through the upgrade process. 

Have IT perform the upgrade

If you prefer, you can drop off your computer and we will update it for you. If you choose this option, make sure you’ve first completed parts one and two (backing up files and checking for application compatibility).


If you have any questions about macOS, we can help. Contact IT at or call 7-1111.


Article ID: 116743
Wed 9/23/20 8:46 AM
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