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Many people were eagerly waiting for macOS Big Sur, which has finally arrived. If you’re currently working with the beta version, you might want to install the public build of macOS.

Notably, the public build automatically gets updated in place of the beta seed, and the two are very similar. However, a point-one update is made available to beta before the public build is made available. So, how do you manage the same?

Well, installing the public build is no rocket science and it can be installed in a few easy steps. If you want to install the public build of macOS in place of the beta seed, follow the guide as mentioned below.

Before finally being able to opt-out of the beta program, you must know how to do it. If you’re planning to stick to the public release schedule, or are currently working with the developer beta and want to shift to the public release, opting-out from beta updates is necessary. Make sure that you opt-out of the developer beta before installing the GM that Apple provides before the public launch of the OS. It is because the build of the Golden Master and macOS is very similar. Therefore, even if you try updating, your Mac won’t find one if GM is already installed.

Installing the Public Build of macOS in Place of Beta Version

Right after you’ve opted out of a beta program, the process of installing the new version of macOS is very easy. Thus, the steps to do the same are:

  1. Launch the ‘System Preferences’ window from your Dock.
  2. Locate the ‘Software Update’ option and click on the same.
  3. Your Mac will detect the newly available software. If any new software is available, hit the ‘Upgrade Now’ button.

In case you come across a notification saying that your Mac is already updated, it means that the public version and beta program are the same. So, you don’t have to worry about it! Once you’ve opted out of the beta updates, public build updates will continue.

Apple often brings up beta updates which is most likely the version of one of the past public builds. Therefore, if you want to get rid of the same, all you need to do is opt-out. The next time Apple updates the public build, it’ll be the right version.

Notably, if you want to come down from a higher version of beta to the public build, downgrading your Mac is an essential step. So, make sure you’ve backed up your Mac as the process will delete the data on your system.

Source: A Guide on Installing the Public Build of macOS Instead of Beta Seed

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