If you have an older model of Mac, eventually there comes a time when your beloved device simply cannot bear with the newest operating system anymore.
There might be a few reasons why you might want to downgrade.
One of them being a slower Mac because it just can not deal with the newest versions of OS. Or maybe Catalina drains down the battery of your Mac much quicker than Mojave macOS used to.
The best solution in such a case is to downgrade to mojave – and in this article, we will share some tips that you need to remember when doing so.
Backing-Up Your Mac Before Starting The Whole Process
The first thing you need to do if you want to downgrade Catalina to Mojave is to back-up your Mac.
It is not very difficult to do, but it is crucial if you want to save all of your important information, files, and pictures.
Place all of it in your hard drive because you will need one for this. If you don’t have a hard drive and are not planning to buy it, another thing you can do is to store your information on one of the cloud platforms, like Dropbox.
Create a macOS Bootable Drive for Mojave
Go straight to the Mac Apple Store and download the macOS Mojave and keep it in your hard drive for installation that will take place later on.
You’ll notice that the Mojave version of macOS is still very popular on the Mac Apple Store because it has many amazing features.
To get the most of this macOS, you can learn more about 14 features on macOS Mojave that you should know in this article by Forbes.
Remove macOS Catalina From Mac
Here we are going to explain shortly how to do it. Ensure that the internet connection is stable. When you do so, then go to the Apple menu that can be easily found at the top left of your screen and choose to restart your Mac.
After your computer restarts, click and hold Command+R until Mac reboots itself. When macOS will enter Recovery mode, choose Disk Utility and then click Continue.
Next, choose the Startup Disk option and click the Erase tab. Finally, enter the name of the file you want to erase. To return to OS X Utilities selector, quit the Disk Utility.
Installing macOS Mojave on a Mac That Previously Already Had This OS
After you have already wiped the Catalina macOS version from your computer, you can start installing the macOS Mojave.
If you had Mojave preinstalled when you purchased your Mac, you need to click and hold Shift+Option+Command+R until Mac restarts.
After the restart is finished, Mojave will be installed and ready to use.
Installing macOS Mojave on a Mac That Had Any Older Version of macOS
If you have a Mac that came with an older version of macOS than Mojave, then the guide will be a little bit different.
Firstly, ensure a stable internet connection and connect the bootable hard drive that you created before. After, click on the Apple menu and choose the Restart option.
Hold the Option key while your Mac is in the restarting process. Here you shall be asked to choose a bootable drive – choose the one you created from the startup disk options.
After macOS starts installing, click Continue and choose to agree to the licensing terms and conditions that are listed.
Restore Your Settings and Files Using macOS Mojave Time Machine Backup
After the successful installation, you can easily restore your file and settings.
To start the recovery process, click the Apple menu on the top left corner and choose the option to restart.
When your Mac is still restarting, click and hold Command+R until the moment of the startup.
When the Mac startup is finished, click the option of Restore from the Time Machine Backup in the OS X Utilities selector, and click Continue two times in a row.
Afterward, choose the Backup source and click Continue once again. Select the most recent one and click Continue.
This will take a little time until Mac restores all the info and after that – you are good to go.
Keep Your Mac Tidy and Clean
This is additional advice.
Even when you have already downgraded from Catalina to Mojave macOS, this will only keep your Mac running fast and smooth if you keep it clean and tidy.
By clean and tidy we mean not packing your Mac with unnecessary apps and files that you don’t use.
If you wish to take care of your Mac properly, but do not know how then check out this article about how to periodically clean junks out of your computer efficiently.
This article will help owners of all kinds of computers because it shares general ideas on what you should concentrate on to make your operating system run smoothly.