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Mac Won't Update to macOS Ventura: How to Fix?

Updated on Wednesday, January 3, 2024

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[It Works!] 9 Ways to Solve that Mac Won't Update to Ventura

Summary: Some people encounter the trouble that Mac won't update to macOS Ventura. This article from iBoysoft guides you to figure out why won't my Mac update to Ventura. Apart from that, this post offers you 9 solutions to fix the Mac can't update to Ventura issue and you can try them according to your conditions.

Mac Wont Update to macOS Ventura How to Fix

macOS Ventura, being released on 24th, October 2022, is a new major operating system that embraces different types of enhancements and improvements compared with macOS Monterey. Some people have already experienced this wonderful OS for a long time while others haven't yet because they encounter the Mac won't update to Ventura trouble. 

Worry is needless. This article will answer "why won't my Mac update to Ventura" and gives you 9 certain solutions to solve the Mac can't update to Ventura trouble.

Table of Contents:

Why won't my Mac update to Ventura?

There are lots of reasons that may cause the macOS Ventura update failure and this article is gonna list them one by one. You can take a quick look and infer from which one caused the unsuccessful update so that you can try the corresponding method to get it fixed.

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How to fix the trouble that Mac won't update to Ventura?

You will gain 9 solutions to rule out the factors leading to the macOS Ventura failure. If one solution fails to settle the macOS Ventura failure issue, do not frustrate and go straight to the next one.

Solution 9: Restart your Mac

A computer reboot is capable of ruling out a slew of unknown temp errors and bugs and setting your Mac ready for further work. You need to hit the Apple menu > select Restart and then wait for your Mac to launch again. After that, head to update your operating system one more time.

Restart your Mac

Solution 8: Remove all peripheral devices from your Mac

If a Mac restart is unable to make your Ventura update work smoothly, then I guess you can give the peripheral device removals a try. Just unplug the connected devices, such as external hard drives, mouse, external keyboards, headphones, and so on gently from your device and then check if the Mac can't update to Ventura trouble still hovers.

Remove all peripheral devices from your Mac

Solution 7: Check the internet connection

If the macOS Ventura process fails, it's possible that the internet shuts down. You can either install software on your Mac or launch macOS NetworkQuality, a network test command, to test your internet connection. If anything goes wrong, ask the network repair staff to get it fixed.

Check the internet connection

Solution 6: Check your Mac model

It's acknowledged that Apple drops official support to some old and outdated Mac models every year. When encountering macOS Ventura trouble, checking if your Mac model is officially supported by macOS Ventura matters much.

How to check the Mac model on your device:

  1. Click the Apple menu on the upper left corner of your Mac desktop.
  2. Select About This Mac from the dropdown menu.
  3. You will see your Mac model under the macOS that you're running in the Overview tab. 
    Check your Mac model

Here is the model list that Apple offers macOS Ventura's official support and you can see if your Mac is listed in it:

  • iMac 2017 and later
  • iMac Pro 2017
  • MacBook Air 2018 and later
  • MacBook Pro 2017 and later
  • Mac Pro 2019 and Later
  • Mac Studio 2022
  • Mac Mini 2018 and later
  • MacBook 2017 and later

If your Mac model is not listed in these items, you can also take your patience and install macOS Ventura on unsupported Mac using OpenCore Legacy Pachter.

Solution 5: Free up your Mac for enough storage space

The macOS Ventura installer package needs 12GB of storage to house. Insufficient storage space hinders your macOS Ventura installation process so you should make sure that your Mac has enough available space in advance.

To know how much free space your Mac has left, click the Apple menu > About This Mac > Storage.

Free up your Mac for enough storage space

 If the computer lacks sufficient storage space, utilizing iBoysoft DiskGeeker to clean junk files is a perfect method.

Step 1: Free download and install iBoysoft DiskGeeker on your Mac device.

Step 2: Select a volume from the startup disk usually labeled as macOS - Data, macOS, or Macintosh HD, or Macintosh HD - Data.

Step 3: Click "Clean Junk" from the toolbar.
Free up your Mac for enough storage space witn iBoysoft DiskGeeker

Step 4: Select a folder from the left panel and select the files/folders you want to delete.

Step 5: Click "Clean" and then click "Ok". You will fail to clean certain files if you don't have permission to do so.

With enough space, you can update to macOS Ventura without a hitch by then.

Solution 4: Check Apple servers' status

Too many downloads and updates may leave the Apple Servers busy, which might have something to do with your macOS Ventura failure. The Apple website allows you to check or monitor the status of Apple servers, which indicates OK if it shows a green circle of the Software Update option.

Check Apple servers status

Solution 3: Reset NVRAM

NVRAM, the abbreviation of Non-Volatile Random Access Memory, stores your Mac's information like startup disk selection, recent kernel panic, display resolution, sound volume, time zone, and more, enabling your computer to start up quickly and perform properly. 

NVRAM might cause the update troubles sometimes and you're able to reset it in that case.

  1. Restart your Mac.
  2. Immediately press and hold Command + Option + P + R keys together. 
    Reset NVRAM
  3. Release the keys 20 seconds later.
  4. When your Mac reloads, try to update your macOS.

Solution 2: Update your Mac to macOS Ventura in Safe Mode

macOS Safe Mode is a wonderful choice that allows you to force your Mac to run only the indispensable programs, features, and applications to function properly. While other apps, extensions, login items, and more will be removed.

You can utilize it to complete the OS upgrade work with no holdback caused by any apps or processes. Here I will show you how to do it:

Step 1: Boot your Mac device into Safe Mode. 

Boot an Intel-based Mac in Safe Mode:

  1. Shut down your Mac computer and wait for 10 seconds.
  2. Press the power button to restart your Mac and simultaneously hold down the Shift key.
  3. Release the Shift key when seeing the login window.

Start an Apple M1 Mac in Safe Mode:

  1. Shut down your Mac computer and wait for 10 seconds.
  2. Press down the power button until the startup options and the Options gear icon appear on the screen. 
  3. Choose your startup disk.
  4. Hold down the Shift key and click Continue in Safe Mode. Then, release the Shift key.

Step 2: Log into your device in macOS Safe Mode and then update to macOS Ventura.

For users running macOS Monterey & Earlier: Go to Apple Logo > System Preferences > Software Update > Download and Install. 
Update your Mac to macOS Ventura in Safe Mode

For users running macOS Ventura: Go to the Apple Logo > System Settings > General > Software Update > Download and Install.

Solution 1: Update to macOS Ventura in Recovery Mode

Updating your Mac to macOS Ventura in Recovery Mode also works fine and is worth a shot. You can try it to farewell the macOS Ventura update failure on your Mac.

For Apple Silicon Mac users:

Step 1: Shut down your Mac and wait for 10 seconds.

Step 2: Press the power button until you see the startup volumes and Options on the screen.

Step 3: Select the Reinstall MacOS option and tap Continue.

Step 4: Follow the on-screen setup to complete the whole OS update process.

For Intel-based Mac users:

Step 1: Shut down your Mac.

Step 2: Press the power button to turn on your Mac and then press the Option + ⌘ + R keys together until the spinning globe or the apple logo appears on the screen.

Step 3: Enter your login details and sign in on your device.

Step 4: Select the Reinstall macOS option and go through the instructions on the screen. 
Update to macOS Ventura in Recovery Mode


Mac won't update to macOS Ventura trouble happens due to different kinds of reasons, and this article lists them all. Also, this article gives you 9 ways to get this trouble fixed. Meeting the same trouble? Try this article now!

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FAQ about Mac won't update to Ventura


There are various reasons may bring your Mac won't update to macOS Ventura, you can have a quick look here: unknown Mac temp device bugs and errors, incompatible Mac models, poor network connection, insufficient storage space for macOS Ventura installation, sudden power off, Apple servers errors, NVRAM bugs, and so forth.


macOS Ventura is available for the following Mac models and you can check if your Mac is listed in them: iMac 2017 and later, iMac Pro 2017, MacBook Air 2018 and later, MacBook Pro 2017 and later, Mac Pro 2019 and Later, Mac Studio 2022. Mac Mini 2018 and later, MacBook 2017 and later.


The macOS Mojave won't update to Ventura trouble happens due to the old Mac model in large part, making it unsupported by macOS Ventura. You can either renew your Mac device or install macOS Ventura on your unsupported Mac to enjoy Ventura features.


Here is the comprehensive tutorial to install macOS Ventura on an unsupported Mac:
Step 1: OpenCore Legacy Patcher download and installation.
Step 2: Download macOS Ventura.
Step 3: Prepare an empty storage device.
Step 4: Erase your storage device.
Step 5: Run command lines to make your storage device a bootable installer.
Step 6: Change the OpenCore Legacy Patcher settings for further installation work.
Step 7: Build and Install OpenCore.
Step 8: Run OpenCore and macOS Installer.
Step 9: Install macOS Ventura on your Mac.
Step 10: Boot up macOS Ventura.
Step 11: Download and install OpenCore Legacy Patcher again.
Step 12: Install OpenCore Legacy Patcher into your internal hard disk.