GUIDE How to Upgrade your M1 Mac to macOS Monterey


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How to Upgrade your M1 Mac to macOS Monterey

An EliteMacx86 Exclusive Guide - This guide covers a upgradation of macOS Monterey on M1 Macs. By following this guide, you'll be able to upgrade your macOS to macOS Monterey on your any Apple M1 Mac.


Recently, Apple announced their new macOS lineup i.e macOS Monterey 12.0 which is Apple's newest and most awaited OS. Big Sur adding massive updates and improvements from its predecessor, Catalina.

Packed with new features and functionality, the most noticeable update can be seen and experienced is the new GUI. Featuring a much more "iOS" look and feel and as smooth as butter. Along with this, Apple has already transitioned their Macs lineups to Apple Silicon, popularly known as Apple M1.


Before you start with this guide, here's are few requirements
  • A working Internet connection.
A complete backup of your system. We advise you to perform a complete backup of your system along with the existing installation. In case something goes wrong, you can restore it using the backup you created.


As of now, while writing this guide, currently all M1 Macs are compatible with macOS Monterey. If you need any additional information on compatibility for your Mac, we suggest you to check below.

STEP 1: Create a Backup of your Mac
Before you proceed with an upgrade, we advise you to perform a backup of your Mac. In case the upgrade fails or you encounter any issue with the upgrade, you can roll back to your existing installation.

To create Backup for your Mac, follow the guide below

STEP 2: Download macOS Monterey
The second step is to download macOS Monterey. The copy of macOS is currently available to developers who have enrolled in the Apple Developer Program. However, due to a bug present in M1 Mac for macOS Monterey, the installer cannot be downloaded due to a bug present in M1 Mac for macOS Monterey. To fix that, you'll need to download a direct installer from Apple servers. To download macOS Monterey directly, follow the guide linked below.

STEP 3: Fixing Installation Error
As mentioned above, due to a bug present in M1 Mac, which is applicable to macOS Monterey at the moment. However, a workaround is available. To fix the error, follow the guide linked below.

STEP 4: Installation
Upon following the step #3, the installer will open automatically. Click on Continue and follow the instructions. At last, select your target drive and click on Install

  • If the installer asks for a permission, enter your password when prompted.
  • During the upgrade process, your Mac might restart several times. You might get blank screen at certain times but that's normal and the installer is still working in background.
STEP 5: Complete Setup
When prompted for setting up few newer options, set it up by following onscreen instructions.

If you're planning to to perform a clean installation, follow the guide below

Enjoy macOS Monterey on your Apple M1 Mac :)
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