This guide provides a step-by-step procedure for upgrading to macOS Sonoma on Intel or AMD PC using Clover or OpenCore. The guide assumes that you are already familiar with macOS and that you have a basic understanding of computer hardware and software.
- An Intel or AMD PC that meets the minimum hardware requirements for macOS Sonoma.
- A Clover or OpenCore EFI bootloader.
- A macOS Sonoma installer downloaded from the Apple Mac App Store.
- A USB flash drive or external hard drive with at least 8GB of free space.
- Download the macOS Sonoma installer from the Apple Mac App Store.
- Create a bootable USB installer using the macOS Sonoma installer and the Clover or OpenCore EFI bootloader.
- Boot your PC from the bootable USB installer.
- Follow the on-screen instructions to install macOS Sonoma.
Apple announced its new macOS version i.e. macOS Sonoma (14.0) at WWDC23, which is the next major revision to its Operating System in the Macintosh lineup. As usual, a Developer Preview version will be available immediately for Developers who are enrolled in the developer program, and a Public Beta which is expected in July, coming this fall.
Although, macOS Sonoma is still in the beta phase, existing users running macOS Ventura or prior who wish to update their systems directly to macOS can upgrade now. Please be advised that due to being in the beta phase, it may contain several bugs and that is why it is not recommended to use it as a daily driver. This method does not involve bootable USB creation or such preparation and allows you to preserve your files along with the system settings.
If you plan to perform a clean installation, follow the guide linked below
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Before you proceed with an upgrade, we suggest you to check the hardware compatibility of your system.
Hardware Discussion and Compatibility
Following are the requirements for upgrading your system to macOS Sonoma. Please ensure you meet the requirements before proceeding with this guide.
- A system running any existing version of macOS.
- A working Internet connection.
- At least 50GB of free storage space on the boot drive.
- If you’re running OS X Mountain Lion, you must upgrade your Mac to OS X El Capitan first and then try upgrading to macOS Sonoma.
STEP 1: Back up your System
Before you proceed with an upgrade, we strongly recommend performing a full backup of your existing installation using Carbon Copy Cloner or Time Machine, or any other reliable backup/restore tool. In case the upgrade fails or you encounter any issues with the upgrade, you can always roll back to your existing installation.
STEP 2: Update Bootloader
Whether you’re running Clover or OpenCore, you must update your existing bootloader to the latest possible version. Please note that as this is a new macOS version, the existing bootloader may not work properly, therefore you must use the latest commits of Clover or OpenCore for a hassle-free upgrade experience. If you’re using Clover, you must update it to (5152) or later, and if you’re using OpenCore, you must update it to (v0.9.3) or later. If you have used Xcode and know how to build kexts from source, build from the latest commit. Users who are new to Xcode can find the pre-built version of OpenCore in the attachment. This is mandatory for the smooth upgrade ensuring the update doesn’t break the system and enter into a loop state or result in an unbootable system.
STEP 3: Update Kexts
Unlike the bootloader, you must update the kexts too. The essential kexts are Lilu, VirtualSMC, WhateverGreen, and AppleALC. If you’re using some other kext and an update is available, you should update that too. If you have used Xcode and know how to build kexts from source, build from the latest commit. Users who are new to Xcode can find the pre-built version of the essential kexts in the attachment. This is mandatory for the smooth upgrade ensuring the update doesn’t break the system and enter into a loop state or result in an unbootable system.
STEP 4: Update Kernel Patches
If you’re using an AMD System, you’ll also need to update the Kernel Patches. Do not use these Kernel Patches if you’re using an Intel based CPU.
STEP 5: Update SMBIOS
With the release of macOS Sonoma, Apple has again dropped support for their obsolete Mac models (up to Skylake) and therefore you’ll need to update the SMBIOS data to 2018 and later. To update the SMBIOS data, follow the guide linked below.
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STEP 6: Reboot System
After performing all the above steps, restart your system for the applied changes to take effect. It is recommended to reset NVRAM twice at least.
STEP 7: Download macOS Sonoma
As macOS Sonoma is not officially released for the general public, but only for developers, you would need an Apple Developer Account along with the Software Enrollment to download a copy of macOS Sonoma. However, if you’ve not enrolled, you can download an official copy of macOS Sonoma directly from Apple Server using the guide linked below.
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STEP 8: Upgrade to macOS Sonoma
Once you have everything set, the next step is to proceed with the upgrade. To upgrade to macOS Sonoma on your PC, follow the steps below.
1. From the Applications folder, right-click on Install macOS Sonoma beta.app and click on Open.
2. Click on Continue and then continue with the options as shown below.
When the installer prompts for access, enter your password and click on Unlock to allow access.
Now, macOS Sonoma will begin installing to your selected disk.
3. Once the first phase completes, the installer will prompt you for restarting your PC and your PC will restart automatically.
Here it ends the first phase of the installation. After restarting, it will continue the installation
Your PC will restart again and when your PC restarts, it will automatically boot from macOS Installer to continue the next phase of the installation. If for any reason, the installer does not auto boot, select macOS Installer in the boot picker and then boot. The installation will continue. If you choose to boot from Macintosh HD or (your drive name), the system will boot back to your previous installation without upgrading to macOS Sonoma.
Once again, your Mac will restart. Upon restarting, it will automatically boot from Macintosh HD to continue the next phase of the installation. At this point, the macOS Installer entry should not be present any longer. Upon completion, your PC will automatically restart. You’ll see something as shown below.
Once again, your PC will restart, and when your PC restarts, it will automatically boot from Macintosh HD to continue the last phase of the installation. You’ll see something as shown below.
After this process, your PC will complete the upgrade process and you’ll be asked to enter your password to login into macOS Sonoma.
4. Enter your password and you have successfully upgraded to macOS Sonoma on your PC.
STEP 9: Complete Setup
When prompted for setting up a few newer options, set it up by following onscreen instructions.
Enjoy macOS Sonoma on your PC
Let us know your upgrade experience with macOS Sonoma. Please post all your support related questions in the Support forum sections.