How to Install macOS 13 Ventura on Unsupported Macs

One of the main highlights of this year’s WWDC22 event was the new macOS 13 that was revealed to the public. macOS Ventura is now built with more features, better security, and performance improvements that can be seen on the Apple Silicon models. Now, as you would know, not all Mac systems and Macbooks will be able to upgrade to macOS Ventura. Some reasons include the particular hardware being no longer supported because of some issues or simply because the hardware is way too old. Here’s how you can install macOS Ventura on an older Mac.

While the devices will no longer be supported to get any new updates, that doesn’t stop you from installing the latest macOS version on the old systems. There is a way that you can follow to install macOS 13 on some of the officially unsupported systems. However, you need to note that not all the features of the OS will work as expected, so be prepared to face a number of bugs and errors that you will eventually run into.

Install macOS Ventura on Unsupported Systems

Before we take a look at how to install the OS on unsupported Macs, here is the list of all macs that support macOS 13 Ventura.

  • 2017 iMac and newer
  • 2017 iMac Pro and newer
  • 2017 MacBook and newer
  • 2017 MacBook Pro and newer
  • 2018 Mac mini and newer
  • 2018 MacBook Air and newer
  • 2019 Mac Pro and newer
  • 2022 mac Studio
how to install macos ventura on unsupported mac

Now, let’s take a look at the list of Macs that will not be supported by macOS 13 Ventura.

  • iMac – 2012, 2013, 2014
  • Mac mini 2012, 2014
  • MacBook Air 2012, 2013
  • MacBook Pro 2012, 2013
  • MacBook 2012, – 2015

Now that we have a list of Macs that will not be supported by macOS 13 Ventura, it is now time to see how you can install the latest version of macOS Ventura on these particular Macs. There are, however, a few things you need to keep in mind before you try to install macOS on unsupported hardware.

Install macOS 13 on Unsupported Mac

  1. First, you will have to take a backup of your Mac and save it either on your iCloud or to external storage.
  2. Once that has been done, you will now have to download the macOS 13 Ventura file.
  3. The developer beta can be accessed by running a script that helps you to download macOS 13 Ventura.
  4. You can download the script from this GitHub page.
  5. Now, open the download file in Terminal.
  6. It will now display a list of all the macOS versions that are currently available.
  7. If macOS Ventura is not shown, all you need to do is scroll to the ned and the letter C.
  8. Hit the enter key. You will see the SU catalog.
  9. Select 4 to get the latest available catalog.
  10. When you see macOS 13 developer beta, type 1.
  11. The macOS 13 beta file will now be downloaded to your Mac.
  12. Now, you will have to get a 16GB USB and make it into a bootable USB Drive. You can read this guide on how to create a macOS 13 bootable USB drive.

Install patch on Unsupported Mac

  1. On the mac that you plan to install the OS, download the OpenCoreLegacyPatcher.
  2. You can download it from this GitHub page.
  3. Launch the patcher that you just downloaded.
  4. It will detect the model of the mac you are using it on. Ensure to select the  Allow native models option.
  5. Click on SMBIOS Settings. Change the default values for SMBIOS Spoof Level to Advanced. And then click on Return to Settings followed by Return to the main menu.
  6. Now that you are at the main screen, click on  Build and Install OpenCore
  7. Click on Install to Disk followed by granting permission to read removable media.
  8. Select the USB bootable drive and then select Reboot.
  9. Once your Mac reboots, you will be booted into the macOS 13 installer.
  10. Proceed with the installation by following the instructions on-screen.

Conclusion

And this is how you can install macOS 13 Ventura on an unsupported Mac. You need to be aware that there will be a number of things that won’t work as well as the bugs that come with it since this is a developer beta. You will be able to install the public beta and stable versions of the OS once they are made available to the public. The process to install them will be the same. If you have any queries, feel free to leave them in the comments section below.

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