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Top 10 Ways to Fix Can’t Install Update (macOS 13 Ventura) on Mac

by Parth Shah
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Even though macOS updates aren’t as exciting as before, you shouldn’t ignore the Ventura update. Apple updates default apps and adds new features with macOS updates. But what if you can’t install updates on your Mac in the first place? If you can’t install the Ventura update on your Mac, here’s what to do.

We will start with the basic troubleshooting tricks and move to advanced solutions to fix the macOS update installation problem on MacBook. Without further ado, let’s get started.

1. Wait for a Day or Two

Whenever Apple releases a major macOS update, there will be a rush from millions of Mac users to download it from day one. We advise holding out for a day or two before trying to download the update on your Mac.

If you plan to install macOS Ventura on your main machine, hold for a week or two. If there are any major issues with the macOS build, it may break your workflow. 7-10 days is enough to find any major problems with the newest macOS software. Once the hype is over, head to the Settings menu to install the update.

2. Check Network Connection

Major macOS updates are large in size. You must have a robust and fast Wi-Fi connection to install the macOS update without any issues. You shouldn’t try to update your Mac on a public Wi-Fi or mobile hotspot as they are often slow compared to your office or home Wi-Fi network.

Once you connect to a working Wi-Fi connection, use Speedtest or fast.com and ensure a double-digit speed (in Mbps).

3. Use 5GHz Wi-Fi Frequency

If your home or office router supports dual-band Wi-Fi frequency, you should always connect to a 5GHz frequency. It offers a strong connection and high speeds compared to a slower 2.4 GHz network.

4. Check Apple Servers

If Apple servers face a tough day, you will continue to run into errors while installing macOS 13. No matter what you try, your Mac won’t connect to the Apple server to pull an update request. The company offers a dedicated System Status website to check all services.

check system status

You can head to the System Status service on the web and make sure a green dot beside the macOS Software Update option. If there is any issue, you will notice an orange dot instead. You have no option but to wait for Apple to fix the issue from their end.

5. Check Mac Storage

If you have only a few gigs of storage left on your Mac, you will face macOS 13 installation errors. Here’s how you can check your Mac storage and take the necessary steps to free up some space.

Apple has rebranded the System Preferences menu as System Settings with the macOS Ventura update. It’s more in line with your iPhone’s Settings menu.

1. Select the Apple icon in the top left corner.

2. Open System Settings.

open mac settings

3. Scroll to General.

4. Select Storage.

open storage

5. Check a detailed storage breakdown.

check mac storage

If there are unnecessary apps installed on your Mac, follow the steps below to uninstall them.

1. Open Finder on Mac.

2. Select Applications from the left sidebar.

3. Right-click on an app and select move to trash from the context menu.

uninstall mac

Repeat the same for all irrelevant apps on your Mac.

To clear cache, remove unnecessary files, and empty Bin at a go, use a third-party app like CleanMyMac X (it’s a paid app and we are not affiliated with them).

1. Download CleanMyMac X from the web. It costs $29 as a one-time payment.

2. Open the app and run a system-wide scan.

3. Take recommended steps and clear junk from your Mac.

Head to the System Settings menu and try updating the Mac again.

6. Disable iCloud Private Relay for Wi-Fi

When Apple’s iCloud Private Relay service faces an outage, you will face network connectivity issues on your Mac. You can disable Private Relay for your Wi-Fi network and try again.

1. Select Control Center in the menu bar.

2. Expand the Wi-Fi menu and open Wi-Fi Settings.

open Wi-Fi settings

3. Disable the Limit IP Address Tracking option.

disable Wi-Fi tracking

7. Connect Your Mac to a Power Source

You should connect your Mac to a power source before starting the update process. When your MacBook battery dips below 50%, it may face issues with software installation.

8. Check Date and Time

Incorrect date and time may lead to software installation problems on Mac.

1. Open System Settings on your Mac (refer to the steps above).

2. Select General and open Date & Time.

open date and time

3. Enable Set time, and date automatically toggle.

check date and time

9. Reset the PRAM and NVRAM

PRAM and NVRAM store relevant system settings on your Mac. You can reset it and try again.

1. Restart your Mac.

2. Hold down the Option + Command + P + R keys until the Apple logo appears.

10. Run First Aid on Your Startup Disk

Any issues with your startup disk can lead to issues during macOS 13 Ventura installation. It’s time to run first aid to fix the problem.

1. Open the Disk Utility tool.

2. Click First Aid in the top right corner.

3. Select Run and let the software fix any problem with Startup Disk.

Enjoy the Latest macOS

You don’t need to feel envious about users showing off new macOS 13 Ventura features on social media. The steps above should easily fix the macOS installation problem on your Mac. If nothing works, it’s time to book an appointment with the Apple service center.

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