In a recent blog post, my colleague Kayla Myrhow did an excellent job explaining the 32-bit application issue for users who are considering or have already moved to macOS® Catalina. In this post, I’ll show you how to set up your Mac® to continue to run 32-bit apps. You can do this either before or after you upgrade to macOS Catalina.
There are only two steps, but it does take about 45 minutes to complete this setup:
Without installing any third-party software, you can search your Mac to find which apps are 32-bit. To do this, choose the Apple menu, then About this Mac. Click System Report, then scroll down and select Applications. The rightmost column header is 64-bit (Intel). Click this header to sort applications. To uninstall apps from your Mac, launch App Cleaner & Uninstaller → select outdated, unneeded 32-bit apps → click Uninstall → click Remove to confirm their deletion. Remember to empty the Trash bin, as by default all recently-deleted apps are moved there. Do not be upset if you have to uninstall some of the apps on your Mac. Apple has already barred new 32-bit apps from placement in its Mac App Store (it did so starting in January) and was to require 'app updates and existing apps' in the e-market to be 64-bit as of.
- Create a Parallels Desktop® for Mac virtual machine and install an older Mac operating systemin it.
- Install the 32-bit apps you wantinto this new virtual machine.
I made a videoof this entire process—I edited out the boring parts but left all the essentialsteps. The end result is the 5-minute video below. For this video, I chosemacOS High Sierra as the older Mac OS, but you could install Mojave, Sierra oralmost any older Mac OS. I also chose the Office for Mac 2011 suite as the32-bit application, because several users have told me that it contains the setof 32-bit apps that they most want to run in Catalina.
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After you finish this setup, you will be able to run 32-bit apps on your Mac running macOS Catalina.
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Let us know inthe comments which 32-bit apps you need to run on macOS Catalina and how thisis working out for you.