How to Make a Bootable macOS Monterey USB Install Key [Video]

How to Make a Bootable macOS Monterey USB Install Key [Video]

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These are instructions on how to make a bootable USB install key for macOS Monterey.




Step One
Connect a 16GB or larger USB flash drive to your computer then launch the Mac App Store from your dock.
How to Make a Bootable macOS Monterey USB Install Key [Video]

Step Two
Navigate to the macOS Monterey application page and click the Get button.
How to Make a Bootable macOS Monterey USB Install Key [Video]

You may be brought to a Software Update window, click Upgrade Now or Download to begin downloading the update.
How to Make a Bootable macOS Monterey USB Install Key [Video]

How to Make a Bootable macOS Monterey USB Install Key [Video]

Once the installer launches, press the Command+Q keys on the keyboard to exit.
How to Make a Bootable macOS Monterey USB Install Key [Video]

Step Three
Open your Applications folder and select the 'Install macOS Monterey' app. Press Command+i on the keyboard and verify its size.
How to Make a Bootable macOS Monterey USB Install Key [Video]

If it's over 10GB, skip to the next step. If it's tiny (~20MB), you can either run it to install macOS Monterey and then redownload the installer, or delete it, upgrade to the latest version of Big Sur from the Mac App Store, then redownload the installer.
How to Make a Bootable macOS Monterey USB Install Key [Video]

Step Four
Once you've verified that you have the full installer, launch Terminal from the Applications:Utilities folder.
How to Make a Bootable macOS Monterey USB Install Key [Video]

Step Five
Note the name of your USB key.
How to Make a Bootable macOS Monterey USB Install Key [Video]

Execute the following command in the Terminal window replacing 'Untitled' with the name of your USB key. Please note this will erase the entire USB key.

sudo '/Applications/Install macOS Monterey.app/Contents/Resources/createinstallmedia' --volume '/Volumes/Untitled'
How to Make a Bootable macOS Monterey USB Install Key [Video]

You will be asked to enter your Administrative account password.
How to Make a Bootable macOS Monterey USB Install Key [Video]

Type Y and press enter to begin.
How to Make a Bootable macOS Monterey USB Install Key [Video]

Step Six
If prompted to allow Terminal to access your removable device, click OK.
How to Make a Bootable macOS Monterey USB Install Key [Video]

After about 30 minutes the creation of your USB Install Key for macOS Monterey will be complete.
How to Make a Bootable macOS Monterey USB Install Key [Video]

Step Seven
You may now restart your Mac and hold down the Option key after hearing the boot sound. You'll be presented with a list of bootable drives. Select the USB install key to begin.
How to Make a Bootable macOS Monterey USB Install Key [Video]


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suggymoto - October 26, 2021 at 3:12pm
Would this still show in the boot menu on a 2018 and older Mac with T2 and Startup security turned on?
suggymoto - October 26, 2021 at 3:12pm
*2018 and newer
iClarified - October 26, 2021 at 3:58pm
You'd need to enable "Allow booting from external media". Boot into recovery mode using Command+R, then choose "Startup Security Utility" from the Utilities menu. The external boot option can be enabled there.
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