Update Mac From El Capitan


OS X El Capitan has arrived and there are a few things you should know: The first, what are the installation requirements? And the second, how can you prepare your Mac for OS X El Capitan?

  • Jun 09, 2020 I need to update my MacBook Pro (15-inch, Late 2008): from OS X 10.11.6 (El Capitan) to OS X 10.12 (Sierra) due to an incompatibility with Traktor: How should I proceed?
  • If that is the case, you would have to disable, update or remove the 3rd-party software for the computer to work properly in Mojave. If that doesn't work, try verbose mode. After turning on the Mac, press and hold down the Command-V key combination. Messages should appear on the screen.
  • The latest software makes your Mac device compatible with the new technological developments. Still, it also makes the existing OS obsolete. That's why most Mac users with old devices try to update their Mac to OS X El Capitan. However, you can't update your Mac to El Capitan 10.11 if your Mac runs on software later than Mac OS X 10.6 Snow Leopard.

Which Mac models can upgrade to OS X El Capitan?

These ones:

iMacMacBook ProMacBook Air
Mid-2007 or newer13-inch, Mid 2009 or newer; 15-inch, Mid/Late 2007 or newer; 17-inch, Late 2007 or newerLate 2008 or newer
MacBookMac Pro®Mac mini
Early 2015Early 2008 or newerEarly 2009 or newer
Early 2009Late 2008 Aluminum,
Early 2009 or newer

Version, Memory, and Space Requirements for El Capitan

OS X Version: Mountain Lion (10.8), most models. Mavericks (10.9) or higher — all models.

How to check it:

  1. Click the Apple icon at the top left of your screen.
  2. Select 'About This Mac.'

If upgrading from macOS Sierra or later, your Mac needs 35.5GB of available storage to upgrade. If upgrading from an earlier release, your Mac needs up to 44.5GB of available storage. To upgrade from OS X Mountain Lion, first upgrade to OS X El Capitan, then upgrade to macOS Big Sur.

The number underneath 'OS X' is your version number.
If you're running a version of OS X older than 10.8, look into upgrading your OS X. Also, Apple notes that Metal is only available on 'all Macs since 2012'.

RAM: 4 GB (preferably 8 GB)

In the same menu you have the 'Memory' tab. If you have less than 4 GB RAM, you'll have to look into upgrading your RAM.


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Disk Space: 15 GB to 20 GB of free space on drive

Next to 'Memory,' select 'Storage' tab. In front of the multi-colored bar, you will see the phrase, 'X.XX GB free out of XX.XX GB.' If you don't have at least 15 GB of free space, look into cleaning your Mac with cleanup tool, like CleanMyMac 3.

1 Clean Up Your Mac

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A fresh OS X needs a fresh Mac. So to begin with, let's take a look at cleaning up a few things. The easiest (and fastest) way to get yourself a cleaner Mac is by running a scan with CleanMyMac 3. It cleans out:

  • System junk
  • Unused apps
  • Large & old files
  • Browser caches
  • iTunes broken downloads
  • Unnecessary extensions
  • Old iOS updates
  • User caches & logs
  • Copies of Mail attachments

Besides cleaning, it speeds up your Mac with maintenance scripts and keeps hardware safe with Health Monitors. Get CleanMyMac 3 now and run a scan to see how much junk you can clean up.

If you have OS X version 10.8, download the previous version, CleanMyMac Classic.

2 Back Up Your Mac

And now that your Mac is clean, you should definitely back it up. Why? You never know what will happen when upgrading your operating system. Plus, it's just good practice to back it up every so often, you know, just in case.

  1. Go to your Applications folder.
  2. Select Time Machine.
  3. 'Select Backup Disk…'
    Note: You may need to first choose to 'Set Up Time Machine.'
  4. Choose where you'd like to store your backup.
  5. An external drive or an Airport Time Capsule is good.
  1. Change the switch, located on the left, from 'OFF' to 'ON.'
  2. To the right, under the name of the storage device, you'll see 'Oldest backup,' 'Latest backup,' and 'Next backup' — Your backup should begin in 5 minutes. If you don't feel like waiting, click the arrow clock icon next to the Date & Time at the top-right of the menu bar and select 'Back Up Now.'

Update My Mac From El Capitan

We hope this guide has helped you. Try these mentioned steps and enjoy your quick Mac with OS X El Capitan on it. In any case - start with CleanMyMac 3 to be ready for El Capitan.