I rarely use by mac. Right now I wanted to install a new program on it but it says it won't run unless the OS is 10.12. I only have 10.11.6 (El Capitan) right now and I can't see any updates for upgrading it to 10.12.


  1. How can I force upgrade it to 10.12? I can't see any updates for it in the store to upgrade it to 10.12. When I Googled, The only one I can find that has a 10.12 is Mojave.

  2. If I upgrade my OS to 10.12 will it erase all my previously installed apps and programs? I don't want to do it all again.

  • Depends on the Mac you have. You can only upgrade if it is new enough. – Thorbjørn Ravn Andersen Aug 4 '19 at 3:48

How to upgrade to macOS Sierra - Apple Support will lead you to the Mac App Store link for Sierra.

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  • will my currently installed programs and apps be safe if I upgrade? no need to reinstall? – Hingle McJingleberry Aug 4 '19 at 1:22
  • They should be fine, but having a backup is the only guarantee I would trust. Just in case. – TJ Luoma Aug 4 '19 at 1:25

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