Are you trying to downgrade your macOS? Follow our tutorial to get started. We provide a step-by-step guide with pictures of each step. In this tutorial, I will be downgrading from macOS Mojave to macOS High Sierra, but you can downgrade to other macOS versions as well by following the instructions.
Before we begin, please note that in order to downgrade macOS, you will need to reformat your hard drive – meaning you will lose all of your data. Please backup all your files before you begin. You will also need an empty USB flash drive for this tutorial. In this tutorial, I will be downgrading from macOS Mojave to macOS High Sierra, but the instructions are the same if you are trying to downgrade to another macOS version.
Downgrade macOS Mojave
1. Download the macOS you want to downgrade to from the App Store. Press GET.
2. Press Download – this step may take awhile since the download file is huge.
3. If you get prompted with “This copy of the “Install macOS” application is too old to be opened on this version of MacOS”, hit Quit. Don’t worry, this is normal since the system will not just let you install an older OS.
4. Now we will need to create a bootable USB. Connect your USB flash drive to your computer and open Launchpad > Other > Disk Utility.
5. Under External, select your USB flash drive and press Erase.
6. Name your drive “boot” (all lowercase without the quotations) and select Mac OS Extended (Journaled) as the Format. Hit Erase.
7. Once it is finished, hit Done.
8. Go to Launchpad > Other > Terminal.
9. Copy and paste the following code that corresponds to the macOS version you are downgrading to into terminal and press Enter:
macOS High Sierra:
sudo /Applications/Install\ macOS\ High\ Sierra.app/Contents/Resources/createinstallmedia –volume /Volumes/boot –applicationpath /Applications/Install\ macOS\ High\ Sierra.app
sudo /Applications/Install\ macOS\ Sierra.app/Contents/Resources/createinstallmedia –volume /Volumes/boot –applicationpath /Applications/Install\ macOS\ Sierra.app
macOS El Capitan:
sudo /Applications/Install\ OS\ X\ El\ Capitan.app/Contents/Resources/createinstallmedia –volume /Volumes/boot –applicationpath /Applications/Install\ OS\ X\ El\ Capitan.app
10. Enter your password for your computer and press Enter.
11. Type y and press Enter.
12. Once it is complete, you can exit Terminal.
13. Restart your computer and hold down Command + r on your keyboard while the computer boots up.
14. You should see a Language selection screen – if you do not see this screen, restart your computer and hold down Command + r on your keyboard to try again.
15. On the next screen, go to Disk Utility.
16. Select your Macintosh HD under Internal and press Erase.
17. Make sure the format is APFS and press Erase.
18. Once the process is completed, restart your computer and hold down the Option key while the computer boots up.
19. Press Install macOS <OS version>. This step may take a while.
20. Select your language.
21. Hit Continue and accept the macOS software license agreement.
22. Now select your Mac hard drive and press Install.
23. After the installation is finished, complete the initial setup and you are done.
The whole process took me over two hours but it varies depending on your computer and internet speed. If you have any questions, please leave them in the comment box below.